Raúl Spank in 2015
|2009 Berlin||High jump|
He competed on the world stage for the first time at the 2005 World Youth Championships in Athletics in Marrakesh. He finished seventh in the final, jumping a personal best of 2.11 metres. The following year he moved up to the junior level, taking part in the 2006 World Junior Championships. He finished the tournament in Beijing with another personal best of 2.23 m, ending up in fifth place. In February 2008 he improved his indoor best to 2.26 m and further improvement came outdoors later that year at his first Olympic Games. Representing Germany at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, he finished in fifth place with a personal best of 2.32 m, just two centimetres away from a medal position.
After winning the 2009 indoor national championships, Spank competed for Germany at continental level for the first time, forming part of the team at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships. Although he had equalled his new indoor best of 2.30 m in the qualifying rounds, he only managed 2.25 m in the final of the competition, resulting in a seventh-place finish. He went to the first European Team Championships in Leiria, Portugal in June but he finished in tenth with a sub-par jump of 2.15 m.
At the World Championships in Berlin he won the bronze medal with personal best-equalling jump of 2.32 m. He improved his best shortly afterwards, winning the Internationales Hochsprung-Meeting Eberstadt meeting with 2.33 m. He won at the 2010 German Athletics Championships, but did not make the team for the 2010 European Athletics Championships as he had not achieved the standard set by the German Athletics Federation. He jumped 2.30 m at the Eberstadt meeting and took his second consecutive victory.
|High jump (outdoor)||2.33||Eberstadt, Germany||23 August 2009|
|High jump (indoor)||2.31||Arnstadt, Germany||19 February 2011|
- All information taken from IAAF profile.
Major competition record
|2005||World Youth Championships||Marrakesh, Morocco||7th||2.11 m|
|2006||World Junior Championships||Beijing, China||5th||2.23 m|
|2007||European Junior Championships||Hengelo, Netherlands||3rd||2.21 m|
|2008||Olympic Games||Beijing, China||5th||2.32 m|
|2009||European Indoor Championships||Turin, Italy||7th||2.25 m|
|European Team Championships||Leiria, Portugal||10th|
|World Championships||Berlin, Germany||3rd||2.32 m|
|2011||European Indoor Championships||Paris, France||8th||2.20 m|
|European Team Championships||Stockholm, Sweden||3rd||2.28 m|
|World Championships||Daegu, South Korea||9th||2.29 m|
|2012||World Indoor Championships||Istanbul, Turkey||9th||2.28 m|
- European Athletics Indoor Championships results Day 1. European Athletics. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- Wenig, Jörg (2009-08-23). Spank improves to 2.33m to take Eberstadt victory – German weekend summary. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-11-24.
- Wenig, Jörg (2010-08-30). Spank and Friedrich take home wins in Eberstadt, Harting impresses at Throws meeting in Neubrandenburg – German weekend wrap. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-08-30.
- Athletenportrait - Raul Spank. (German) Deutscher Leichtathletik Verband. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.
- Raúl Spank verabschiedet sich beim ISTAF in Berlin vom Leistungssport (in German)
- Spank, Raul Biography. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-29.