Igor Paklin

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Igor Vasilyevich Paklin (Russian: Игорь Васипевич Паклин; born 15 June 1963 in Frunze, Kirghiz SSR) is a retired athlete who represented USSR and later Kyrgyzstan. He trained at Armed Forces sports society in Frunze.

Competing in the high jump, he won the 1987 World Indoor Championships as well as a silver medal at the 1987 World Championships for the USSR. His personal best jump of 2.41 metres (7.9 feet) was also the world record from 4 September 1985 to 30 June 1987, when Patrik Sjöberg beat it by one centimetre.[1] His leap of 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in) places him as the fifth highest jumper in history. Like all modern high jumpers, Paklin used the Fosbury Flop style, and he was the first to do so jumping off his right leg.

In 1996, Paklin was imprisoned for beating a business partner to death.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1983 World Student Games Edmonton, Canada 1st 2.31 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 2.29 m
1985 World Student Games Kobe, Japan 1st 2.41 m
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st 2.34 m
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 1st 2.38 m
World Championships Rome, Italy 2nd 2.38 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th 2.31 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th 2.24 m


  1. ^ "Athletics - World Record progression" (PDF). International Olympic Committee. Retrieved December 29, 2006. 
  2. ^ Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 216. ISBN 978 1 84513 695 6. 
Preceded by
Soviet Union Rudolf Povarnitsyn
Men's High Jump World Record Holder
1985-09-04 – 1987-06-30
Succeeded by
Sweden Patrik Sjöberg
Sporting positions
Preceded by
China Zhu Jianhua
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
1985 – 1986
Succeeded by
Sweden Patrik Sjöberg