Balian Buschbaum

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Balian Buschbaum
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Buschbaum in 2010
Personal information
Birth name Yvonne Buschbaum
Nationality  German
Born (1980-07-14) 14 July 1980 (age 36)
Ulm, Germany
Sport Pole vaulting
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 4.70 m
Updated on 13 December 2014.

Balian Buschbaum (born Yvonne Buschbaum; 14 July 1980 in Ulm) is a former German pole vaulter.

Life and career[edit]

Buschbaum's personal best is 4.70 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Ulm. On 21 November 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement from the sport due to a persistent injury and the desire to begin gender reassignment.[1] In January 2008, Buschbaum announced that his new first name was "Balian", after the blacksmith in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, and that he would undergo gender reassignment surgery later that year.[2]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Germany
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 4th 4.10 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 4.31 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 14th 4.15 m
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st 4.25 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 6th 4.40 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th 4.25 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 7th 4.45 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd 4.65 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 4.50 m
2003 World Championships Paris, France 6th 4.50 m

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "German pole-vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum retires, plans hormone treatment", International Herald Tribune, The Associated Press, 21 November 2007, retrieved 22 November 2007 
  2. ^ Yvonne wird Balian - Buschbaum nimmt Abschied His previous given name was "Yvonne."

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