Paweł Wojciechowski (athlete)

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Paweł Wojciechowski
Paweł Wojciechowski Pedro's Cup Łódź 2016 01.jpg
Wojciechowski at the Pedro's Cup Łódź 2016
Personal information
Born (1989-06-06) 6 June 1989 (age 30)
Bydgoszcz, Poland
Height1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight85 kg (187 lb) (2012)
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubZawisza Bydgoszcz

Paweł Wojciechowski (Polish pronunciation: [ˈpavɛw vɔi̯t͡ɕɛˈxɔfski]; born 6 June 1989) is a Polish pole vaulter. He won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics.


Wojciechowski's first major success was the silver medal at the IAAF 12th World Junior Championships in Athletics held in July 2008 in Bydgoszcz, with the result 5.40 m (17 ft 8 12 in), being until then his personal best.[1] He is an athlete of the Zawisza Bydgoszcz club. His coach is Roman Dakiniewicz.

In March 2009 it was announced, that Wojciechowski would be admitted to take practices in May 2009 with Vitaly Petrov, the pole vault coach of Sergey Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva.[2] He improved his best mark to 5.86 m at the Flanders Indoor Meeting in February 2011 to break Mirosław Chmara's Polish indoor record, which had stood for 22 years.[3]

Wojciechowski was the surprise winner at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, but he fared less well at the 2012 Summer Olympics, failing to record a mark in qualifying. He missed the 2013 season due to injury and did not defend his world title as a result. In 2014 he returned to form at the Orléans leg of the Perche Elite Tour, winning with a clearance of 5.76 m (18 ft 10 34 in) (his best since 2011).[4] In 2015, he cleared 5.85 m to win bronze at the World Championships.

In 2017, he improved his personal best to 5.93 m.[5]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2007 European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands 16th (q) 4.75 m
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 5.40 m (PB)
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 5.71 m
European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 1st 5.70 m (PB)
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 5.90 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom Qual. NM
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 12th 5.40 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd 5.70 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 5.80 m
2016 European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 7th 5.30 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 16th (q) 5.45 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 3rd 5.85 m (SB)
World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th 5.75 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 13th 5.60 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 5.80 m
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 1st 5.90 m (PB)

Personal bests[edit]

  • 5.93 m (Lausanne 2017) NR
  • 5.90 m (Glasgow 2019)


  1. ^ "Bydgoszcz Web Site – Srebro dla bydgoszczanina". 2008-07-14. Retrieved 2009-05-06.
  2. ^ [1] (in Polish)
  3. ^ Records for Wojciechowski and Bolshakova in Gent Archived 2011-02-18 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2011-02-14). Retrieved on 2011-02-14.
  4. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2014-01-19). Wojciechowski returns with victory in Orleans – indoor round-up. IAAF. Retrieved on 2014-02-23.
  5. ^ "IAAF: Paweł WOJCIECHOWSKI | Profile". Retrieved 2018-03-26.

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Australia Steven Hooker
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Germany Björn Otto