Riaan Botha

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Riaan Botha (born 8 November 1970 in Pretoria) is a retired South African pole vaulter.

His personal best is 5.91 metres, achieved in April 1997 in Pretoria. This places him second on the African all-time performers list, behind fellow South African Okkert Brits.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  South Africa
1992 African Championships Belle Vue Maurel, Mauritius 3rd 5.20 m
1993 African Championships Durban, South Africa 2nd 5.20 m
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada NM
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 19th (q) 5.40 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 14th 5.60 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 5.75 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 10th (q) 5.70 m[2]
1998 World Cup Johannesburg, South Africa 5th 5.60 m[3]
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 5.60 m
1999 All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa NM


  1. ^ IAAF top lists, men's pole vault
  2. ^ No mark in the final
  3. ^ Representing Africa