Björn Otto

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Björn Otto
Björn Otto in 2007
Personal information
Born (1977-10-16) October 16, 1977 (age 46)
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight90 kg (198 lb)
Country Germany
EventPole Vault
Achievements and titles
Personal bests
  • Pole vault outdoor: 6.01 (2012)
  • Pole vault indoor: 5.92 (2012)
Medal record
Olympic Games
Silver medal – second place 2012 London Pole vault
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2013 Moscow Pole vault
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Istanbul Pole vault
European Athletics Championships
Silver medal – second place 2012 Helsinki Pole vault
European Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2013 Göteborg Pole vault
Bronze medal – third place 2007 Birmingham Pole vault
Gold medal – first place 2005 Izmir Pole vault
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Daegu Pole vault

Björn Otto (born 16 October 1977) is a retired German pole vaulter.

On 30 January 2013 in Cottbus, Germany, with the mark of 5.90 m, he set the masters world record M35.[1]


His personal best is a jump of 6.01 metres, achieved on 5 September 2012 in Aachen.[2] He cleared 5.92 metres indoors in February 2012 in Potsdam, and equaled it also at the German national indoor championships in Karlsruhe later that month. Arguably his biggest success was a second place at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. In the same year, he also won a silver medal at the 2012 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey, in March 2012 and a silver medal at the 2012 European Athletics Championships in Helsinki, Finland in July 2012.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 8th 5.40 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 6th 5.50 m
2001 Universiade Beijing, China 7th 5.35 m
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 3rd 5.50 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 11th (q) 5.65 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 4th 5.70 m
Universiade Izmir, Turkey 1st 5.80 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 5.71 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 5th 5.81 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 16th (q) 5.55 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 5.80 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 2nd 5.92 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd 5.91 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 5.76 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 5.82 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Björn Otto sets a new M35 pole vault world record". Archived from the original on 12 March 2014. Retrieved 7 February 2013.
  2. ^ "Otto jumps world season leading 6.01m in Aachen". Archived from the original on 12 September 2012. Retrieved 6 September 2012.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
Succeeded by