Mike Bull

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Michael ("Mike") Bull (born 11 September 1946, Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a retired male pole vaulter and decathlete from Northern Ireland. He set his personal best in the pole vault (5.25 metres) on 1973-09-22 at a meet in London.

Bull first achieved success in 1966, winning silver for the pole vault at the Commonwealth Games. Then in 1970 he won gold at the Commonwealth Games. He appeared in 69 internationals for Great Britain and captained the Great Britain and Northern Ireland teams on numerous occasions. In 1991 he won the World Masters (over 40) pole vault in Finland.

Upon retirement from professional athletics, Bull lectured on sports studies and provided sports commentary for UTV (Ulster Television). He opened his own gym in Dufferin Avenue, Bangor, County Down (Northern Ireland), Mike Bull's Health Gym (now Paul's Gym), and was a fitness adviser for the Irish Rugby Football Union.


Year Competition Venue Position Event
1966 British Empire and Commonwealth Games Kingston, Jamaica 2nd Pole vault
1969 European Championships Athens, Greece 7th Pole vault
1970 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 7th Pole vault
British Commonwealth Games Edinburgh, Scotland 1st Pole vault
1972 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 6th Pole vault
1974 British Commonwealth Games Christchurch, New Zealand 2nd Pole vault
1st Decathlon
1978 Commonwealth Games Edmonton, Canada NM Pole vault