Patrick Abada (born 20 March 1954 in Paris) is a retired French pole vaulter and Olympian, having competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. His best vault was one of 5.70 m, made on 26 August 1983, in Brussels. As of August 2001, that mark was the 126th best pole vault of all time. He represented France in pole vaulting 25 times between 1973 and 1985.
|1976||Olympic Games||Montreal, Canada||4th||5.45 m|
|1979||Universiade||Mexico City, Mexico||3rd||5.55 m|
|1979||World Cup||Montreal, Canada||2nd||5.45 m|
|1980||European Indoor Championships||Sindelfingen, West Germany||3rd||5.55 m|
|1983||European Indoor Championships||Budapest, Hungary||3rd||5.55 m|
|Mediterranean Games||Casablanca, Morocco||1st||5.55 m|
|World Championships||Helsinki, Finland||6th||5.55 m|
- Height: 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
- Weight: 80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)
He is currently president of the athletics section of the Racing Club de France .
- For several months he had a relationship with Claude Chirac, the youngest daughter of the former French president Jacques Chirac.
- In a TV show called “The Superstars: The Superstars” filmed on 2 August 1980, he competed for the Ferguson Trophy. It was filmed in the Wingate Sports Institute, Netanya, Israel, and the competitors were: Brian Jacks, Judo champion and winner of that year's UK Superstars; Ties Kruize, 1977 and joint 1978 European Superstars champion, from the Netherlands; Kjell Isaksson, Swedish pole vaulter, and winner of the first two European series; Moshe Ganzi, Israeli water-ski champion; Tony Ward, Rugby Union's player of the year, from Ireland; Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch champion cyclist; and Kork Ballington, 250 and 350cc motor cycling world champion.
|Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
alongside Philippe Houvion
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