Svetlana Feofanova

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Svetlana Feofanova
Svetlana Feofanova Daegu 2011.jpg
Svetlana Feofanova in 2011
Personal information
Born (1980-07-16) July 16, 1980 (age 36)
Moscow, Soviet Union
Height 1.6 m (5 ft 3 in)
Weight 49 kg (108 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole Vault
Updated on 6 August 2012.

Svetlana Yevgenyevna Feofanova (Russian: Светлана Евгеньевна Феофанова; born 16 July 1980 in Moscow, Soviet Union) is a Russian pole vaulter.


She won the silver medal in women's pole vaulting at the 2004 Summer Olympics behind compatriot Yelena Isinbayeva, and won the bronze in the 2008 Summer Olympics. Feofanova was also a gymnast and was included in the Russian national team at the 1996 Summer Olympics but did not continue competing in the sport.

On 4 July 2004 she jumped 4.88 m in Heraklion, Greece, which was a world record at the time. In the World Athletics Championships, she was the second in 2001 and the first in 2003. She won also the World Indoor Championships in 2003, and she was the third in 2004. She finished 4th at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg.

She won the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships gold medal for the Pole Vault in Birmingham, Great Britain, with a height of 4.76 metres. Her main rival Yelena Isinbayeva did not take part in these Championships.

Svetlana Feofanova is currently studying at the Finance University under the Government of the Russian Federation - famous Russian university in economics and finance.


Personal Bests[edit]

  • Pole Vault (outdoors) = 4.88 metres, July 2004 - third on the all-time list
  • Pole Vault (indoors) = 4.85 metres, February 2004 - fourth on the indoor all-time list
  • 6 Times Russian National Outdoor Pole Vault Champion - 2001, 06, 07, 08, 11, 12
  • 4 Times Russian National Indoor Pole Vault Champion - 2001, 06, 08, 10

All results regarding Pole Vault

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia NM (q)
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 4.51 metres
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 4.75
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 4.75
European Championships Munich, Germany 1st 4.60
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st 4.80
World Championships Paris, France 1st 4.75
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 4.70
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 2nd 4.75
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 4.70
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 4.50
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 1st 4.76
World Championships Osaka, Japan 3rd 4.75
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 5th 4.60
Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd 4.75
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 4.80
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 1st 4.75
Continental Cup Split, Croatia 1st 4.60
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 3rd 4.75
2012 Olympic Games London, England NM (q)
  • NM = No Mark (no-height)
  • At both the 2000 and 2012 Olympics, Feofanova went out of the qualifying competition without clearing a height. In Sydney, she had three failures at 4.15 m, while in London she failed twice at 4.40 m and on her final attempt, failed at 4.50 m.


Preceded by
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
Women's Pole Vault World Record Holder
22 February 2004 – 6 March 2004
Succeeded by
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
Preceded by
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva
Women's Pole Vault World Record Holder
4 July 2004 – 25 July 2004
Succeeded by
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva