Kristina Gadschiew

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Kristina Gadschiew
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Kristina Gadschiew at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Germany
European Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 2011 Paris Pole vault
Silver medal – second place 2007 Bangkok Pole vault
Bronze medal – third place 2009 Belgrade Pole vault
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Kristina Gadschiew (born 3 July 1984) is a German pole vaulter who has competed at the World Championship-level. She has also reached the podium at the Summer Universiade on two occasions – 2007 and 2009. She has a personal best vault of 4.60 m indoors. Gadschiew represents the sports club LAZ Zweibrücken.


Born in Vassilyevka, Saratov Oblast, Soviet Union, she moved to Germany as a child (as the other pole vaulter Lisa Ryzih). She started competing in pole vault competitions as a teenager and was third in the German cup in athletics in 1999. She failed to build upon this early success and her athletics career stalled. A switch to train with Andrei Tivontchik gave impetus for greater performances and she re-emerged in 2005.[1] She cleared over four metres for the first time and improved her best to 4.35 m in 2006.[2] She began studying chemistry and sports at the Kaiserslautern University of Technology.[1] The 2007 Summer Universiade provided her with her first international competition and she took the silver medal with a personal best clearance of 4.40 m, finishing as runner-up by count-back behind Aleksandra Kiryashova.[3] She became the German university champion in 2008 and was fourth at the German senior championships later that year.[1]

A personal best vault of 4.50 m at the 2009 German Indoor Championships in Leipzig earned her a place on the German team for the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships. She finished in fifth place behind her teammates, Silke Spiegelburg and Anna Battke, who both set personal bests.[4] A second-place finish at the German Outdoor Championships entitled her to her first World Championships appearance.[1] She retained her university title and recorded 4.50 m for the bronze medal at the 2009 Summer Universiade.[5] A few weeks later she made her first appearance on the major European circuit, and set a new best of 4.58 m for third at the London Grand Prix, beaten only by Yelena Isinbayeva and Anna Rogowska.[6]

She scraped through the qualifiers of the 2009 World Championships, but did not perform as well in the pole vault final, taking three attempts to clear 4.40 m and finishing in tenth place.[7] She set a new indoor best of 4.60 m in February the following year and competed at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, reaching the final and finishing seventh overall. In late June she set an outdoor best of 4.60 m to win in Reims on the Alma Athlé Tour.[8]

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
Pole vault (outdoor) 4.60 Reims, France 30 June 2010
Pole vault (indoor) 4.66 Potsdam, Germany 18 February 2011
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 2nd 4.40 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 5th 4.35 m
Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 3rd 4.50 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 10th 4.40 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 7th 4.40 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 4.65 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 10th 4.55 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 12th 4.30 m
2013 European Indoor Championship Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 4.37 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 10th 4.45 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Athletenportrait Kristina Gadschiew. Laz Zweibruecken. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  2. ^ Biography Gadschiew Kristina. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  3. ^ Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2007-08-11). "Rypakova leaps 6.85m - World University Games day 2". Retrieved 2010-06-30. 
  4. ^ Golubchikova steps out of the shadows. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  5. ^ van Kuijen, Hans (2009-07-11). World Champion Heidler hammers 75.83m, as Games' records highlight World University Games - Day 4. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  6. ^ Aviva London Grand Prix Jul 24, 2009. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  7. ^ 2009 World Championships Pole vault results. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-30.
  8. ^ Vazel, Pierre-Vazel (2010-07-01). 2000m Steeple World best falls again, this time to Mekhissi-Benabbad in Reims; Robles hurdles 13.09. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-07-01.

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