Vladimir Polyakov

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Vladimir Polyakov (Russian: Владимир Поляков; born April 17, 1960) is a retired pole vaulter who represented the Soviet Union and later Russia. On June 26, 1981 he managed to clear 5.81 metres, beating Thierry Vigneron's six-day-old world record. Two years later Polyakov lost the record to Pierre Quinon, who jumped 5.82. Polyakov won a silver medal at the 1982 European Championships, and won the European Indoor Championships in 1983.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 2nd
1981 European Indoor Championships Grenoble, France 7th
1982 European Championships Athens, Greece 2nd
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st


Preceded by
France Thierry Vigneron
Men's Pole Vault World Record Holder
June 26, 1981 – August 28, 1983
Succeeded by
France Pierre Quinon
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Poland Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
United States Dave Volz
France Jean-Michel Bellot