Wilbert Pennings

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Wilbert Pennings

Wilbert Bernard Roger Pennings (born 23 February 1975 in Alphen aan den Rijn, South Holland) is a Dutch high jumper. He is a thirteen-time Dutch champion and holds the national indoor and outdoor records.

Pennings became Dutch high jump champion for the first time in 1995, jumping over 2.17 metres. In 1999 he improved the Dutch national outdoor record to 2.30 and finished tenth at the 1999 World Championships. In 2000 he represented The Netherlands in the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, where he did not qualify for the final, jumping over 2.20.

In February 2002 in Siegen, Germany, Wilbert Pennings improved the Dutch national indoor record to 2.31 and became seventh at the 2002 European Indoor Championships, one month later. During the outdoor season he finished thirteenth at the 2002 European Championships.

Due to injuries he was unable to compete in the 2004 Summer Olympics, but finished twelfth at the 2006 European Championships.

Pennings, who is an aerospace engineering graduate, works for the Royal Netherlands Air Force and is a member of the Dutch defence top-sport program.

Competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  Netherlands
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 18th (q) High jump 2.20 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 13th (q) High jump 2.20 m
1999 Universiade Palma de Mallorca, Spain 8th High jump 2.19 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 10th High jump 2.25 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 20th (q) High jump 2.11 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 23rd (q) High jump 2.20 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 7th High jump 2.24 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 13th High jump 2.18 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 27th (q) High jump 2.20 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 12th High jump 2.20 m


3rd, bronze medalist(s) Dutch National Championships, high jump, 2007, Amsterdam