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Biography

MARKOV Dmitri

Nationality Australia Flag AUS Australia
Birth Date 14/03/1975
Gender Men
Height (m / in) 1.82/5'11''
Weight (kg / lbs) 82/181
Events Inscribed   Athletics Men's Pole Vault
Medals Won SILVER Medal SILVER -  Men's Pole Vault

Date Venue Event Country - Name Results Status
24 Mar
20:18
MCG Men's Pole Vault
Final- Final
Australia Flag AUS  - MARKOV Dmitri (2) 5.60 Completed

Place Of Birth Vitebsk, Belarus
Residence Adelaide, South Australia
Marital Status Married
Occupation Athlete
Coach Andrej Tivontchik
Club University of Western Australia / SASI
Recent Results Australian Championships 2005
Bronze in the Pole Vault

World Championships 2005 (Helsinki, Finland)
No Height in the Final of the Pole Vault
Commonwealth
Games History
Manchester 2002
Equal 4th in the Pole Vault (5.50m)
Olympic
Games History
Athens 2004
32nd in the Pole Vault (5.50m)/ disqualified for final

Sydney 2000
Equal 5th in Pole Vault (5.80m)

Atlanta 1996
6th in the Pole Vault (5.86m)
Other Personal Best:
Pole Vault - 6.05m (2001)

World Ranking:
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.

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