Vitaly Petrov (coach)

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Vitaly Petrov
Personal information
Full nameVitalij Afans'evič Petrov
Born (1938-01-14) January 14, 1938 (age 83)
Staline, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Country Ukraine
Event(s)Pole vault
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 3 0 1
World Championships 6 0 0

Vitaly Afanasevich Petrov (Ukrainian: Віталій Опанасович Петров, Russian: Виталий Афанасьевич Петров, born 6 October 1945 in Donetsk) is a Ukrainian athletics coach, mainly specialized in pole vault.[1] He was coach of great pole vaulters, like Sergey Bubka, Yelena Isinbayeva and Giuseppe Gibilisco, all three brought to win the world title, with the first two also achieved the Olympic title and world record.


Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, became the World Champion under Petrov's coaching.

Vitaly Petrov was the first coach of the Ukrainian Sergey Bubka, which he took in technique foster care in 1974, when Bubka was just eleven years old. The relationship was broken on June 16, 1990 after 16 years of collaboration. He has also coached the Italian Giuseppe Gibilisco (2003-2007 and 2011) and the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva (2005-2010).[2] He was main coach of the Pole vault Centre in Formia, Italy.[3]

In 2007 he received the award from International Association of Athletics Federations the IAAF Coaches Award for his achievements with Isinbayeva.[1] In 2010 he started to coached in Italy the Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer,[4][5] she became the fourth pole vaulter brought to World Championships to Petrov.[6]


Petrov's innovation in the pole vault was the swing of the vaulter's legs later into the vault, thus retaining more of the energy and depending less on the recoil effect of the bent pole.[7]


Athlete Year Competition Venue Event Result Measure Notes
Soviet Union Sergey Bubka 1983 World Championships Finland Helsinki Pole vault 1st 5.70 m
1987 World Championships Italy Rome Pole vault 1st 5.85 m Sport records icon CR.svg
1988 Olympic Games South Korea Seoul Pole vault 1st 5.90 m Sport records icon CR.svg
Italy Giuseppe Gibilisco 2003 World Championships France Paris Pole vault 1st 5.90 m Sport records icon NR.svg
2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens Pole vault 3rd 5.85 m Sport records icon SB.svg
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva 2005 World Championships Finland Helsinki Pole vault 1st 5.01 m Sport records icon WR.svg
2007 World Championships Japan Osaka Pole vault 1st 4.80 m
2008 Olympic Games China Beijing Pole vault 1st 5.05 m Sport records icon WR.svg
Brazil Fabiana Murer 2011 World Championships South Korea Daegu Pole vault 1st 4.80 m =Sport records icon SA.svg[8]
2015 World Championships China Beijing Pole vault 2nd 4.85 Sport records icon SA.svg
Brazil Thiago Braz 2016 Olympic Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro Pole vault 1st 6.03 m Sport records icon OR.svg


  1. ^ a b "VITALY PETROV TAKES IAAF COACHES' AWARD". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  2. ^ "ISINBAYEVA CHANGES COACHING SET-UP AS SHE SEEKS NEW SPORTING TARGETS". 18 November 2005. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  3. ^ "WORLD POLE VAULT CENTRE, FORMIA (ITA)". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  5. ^ "Fabiana Murer pole vaulting to success". Retrieved 2 January 2013.
  6. ^ "The Man who Set 35 World Records". Retrieved 2 January 2013. Fabiana Murer is the fourth pole vault world champion guided by Vitaly Petrov
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  8. ^ "2011 IAAF WORLD CHALLENGE REVIEW". Retrieved 2 January 2013. 'My main goal for the season is the World Championships, but I also want to get closer to 5m,' said Murer, who planned to train in Italy under the supervision of coach Vitaly Petrov

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