Philippe Houvion

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Philippe Houvion (born 5 October 1957 in Briey) is a retired French pole vaulter. On 17 July 1980 in Paris, Houvion jumped 5.77 metres, beating the world record of Thierry Vigneron by two centimetres. The record only lasted until 30 July 1980, when Władysław Kozakiewicz of Poland jumped 5.78 metres in Moscow. Houvion was born in Briey, Meurthe-et-Moselle. He was coached by his father, Maurice Houvion, after being talked out of a career in football.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1978 European Indoor Championships Milan, Italy 8th
1979 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 7th
1979 Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 2nd
1979 Mediterranean Games Split, Yugoslavia 1st
1980 Olympic Games Moscow, Soviet Union 4th
1981 Universiade Bucharest, Romania 3rd
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 6th
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th
1986 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 6th


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Preceded by
France Thierry Vigneron
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
July 17, 1980 – July 30, 1980
Succeeded by
Poland Władysław Kozakiewicz
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Mike Tully
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
alongside France Patrick Abada

Succeeded by
Poland Władysław Kozakiewicz