Martin Buß

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Martin Buß
Medal record
Representing  Germany
Men’s athletics
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2001 Edmonton High jump
Bronze medal – third place 1999 Seville High jump

Martin Buß (born 7 April 1976) is a German high jumper who won the gold medal at the 2001 World Championships in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. He is a five-time national champion for Germany in the men's high jump event.

Born in West Berlin, Buß took up the sport at the age of 17 and competed in his first World Championships in 1997, finishing ninth. At the 1999 World Championships in Seville, Spain he won a surprising bronze medal behind Vyacheslav Voronin and Mark Boswell. His jump of 2.32 metres was 5 cm behind the winner.

However, Buß came back two years later and won the gold medal at Edmonton with a jump of 2.36 m, beating Yaroslav Rybakov and old rival Voronin. Among the field which Martin beat was the legendary Javier Sotomayor. It marked a fine comeback after he suffered an injury to his Achilles tendon the year before.

He later missed both the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics through injury, and retired in late 2006 because of the persistent injury problems.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1995 European Junior Championships Nyíregyháza, Hungary 2nd 2.19 m
1997 European U23 Championships Turku, Finland 2nd 2.24 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 9th 2.29 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 4th 2.32 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 4th 2.30 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 3rd 2.32 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 2nd 2.34 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th 2.25 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 1st 2.36 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 7th 2.25 m

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