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Pole Vault - 6.05m (2001)
19th in the Pole Vault (as at 06-Feb-2006,IAAF)
Dmitri became the equal second highest pole vaulter of all time with his 6.05m leap at the 2001 World Championships.
Dmitri and his present coach Andrej Tivontchik competed regularly against each other during the 1990s.
Dmitri was born and raised in Belarus, and even competed at the Atlanta Olympics for Belarus. However, in 1997 Dmitri came to Australia alongside Tatiana Grigorieva, Victor Christiakov, their coach Alex Parnov and Dmitri's wife Valentina. Dmitri stood down from the 1997 World Championships in order to get Australian citizenship, since he did not want to compete for Belarus at the Championships. In 1999 he and his wife received citizenship after 2 years of continuous living in Australia.
Dmitri's first competition in the green and gold was the 1999 World Championships in Seville. He won Silver.
During the 2001 World Championships, Dmitri gave one of the most incredible performances of Pole Vaulting ever witnessed. The day before the final Dmitri stubbed his foot on the end of his bed, an injury that required ten hours of icing to reduce the swelling. Tentative on the tender foot, it took Dmitri all three tries to clear 5.75 metres. Once he had, he cleared all following jumps on his first attempt, including breaking the World Championship record of 6.02 metres with a huge 6.05 metres (this massive jump is still the Australian record). He then took three attempts at 6.10 metres, unfortunately he could not reach that lofty a height. Needless to say, his new World Championship record also got him the Gold Medal that year, as well as elevating him to the second greatest Pole Vaulter of all time, after Sergey Bubka. He was only 26.