Andrey Silnov

Andrey Alexandrovich Silnov (Russian: Андрей Александрович Сильнов, born 9 September 1984) is a Russian high jumper and the 2008 Olympic champion. Born in Shakhty, Rostov Oblast, he is 1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) and weighs 83 kg (183 lbs).

Andrey Silnov
Andrey Silnov IF Moscow asv2018-08.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Russia
Born (1984-09-09) 9 September 1984 (age 36)
Shakhty, Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)
Weight83 kg (183 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High jump
Coached bySergey Starykh and Yevgeniy Zagorulko
Updated on 19 May 2012.

In a late 2006 interview, Andrey said he was the younger son of working-class parents and that he got into athletics as a boy, inspired by the triple-jumping exploits of an older brother.[1] He quickly realized that his height was an advantage in the high jump. After winning the Russian Under-23 Indoor title in Moscow in 2005 – with a jump of 2.24 m – he was asked to join an elite-level group of Russian jumpers training under coach Yevgeniy Zagorulko.

Silnov burst onto the world scene in 2006, when he won the gold medal at the 2006 European Championships with a jump of 2.36 metres, improving the old championship record which was set by Steinar Hoen with 2.35 m in 1994. A week after the European Championships Silnov jumped 2.37 metres in Monaco. This was the world leading jump in 2006 by a comfortable margin.[2]

Indoors, he has made much of his progression at the Hochsprung mit Musik, setting personal bests in 2006 and 2007 before setting his current best of 2.37 to win the competition.

Olympic Champion in 2008Edit

He jumped a new personal best of 2.38, in the London Grand Prix 25 July 2008, and was selected at the last minute to join the Russian team at the 2008 Olympics, where he won the gold medal with a jump of 2.36. His performance in Beijing was astonishing, as he was the only competitor to clear every height on his first attempt and was the only jumper to succeed at 2.36. He then by-passed the Olympic Record of 2.39 and had the bar raised to 2.42, where he missed all three attempts.

2009 and 2010 SeasonsEdit

Silnov's 2009 season was blighted by injury and he was ruled out of competition with an Achilles injury for nearly 12 months. He returned to competition in early 2010.[3]

2011 Outdoor SeasonEdit

Silnov's first major outdoor competition of 2011 was at the Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Oregon on Saturday 4 June. This Diamond League invitational brought together an elite field of 8 of the world's best jumpers. Silnov opened at 2.16 (as did every jumper except Spank) and he cleared every height on his first jump, until missing once at 2.32. When none of the three remaining jumpers could clear 2.35, German Raul Spank was the winner on the basis of his first-try clearance at 2.32, Silnov was second, and American Jesse Williams was third (with a third try clearance at 2.32).


In 2014 Silnov was elected a member of Legislative Assembly of Rostov Region.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Russia
2005 European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 9th 2.23 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 2.36 m CR, PB
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd 2.33 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 2nd 2.24 m
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 11th 2.21 m
2008 Aviva London Grand Prix London, England 1st 2.38 m PB
Olympic Games Beijing, China 1st 2.36 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st 2.35 m CR
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 2.33 m


  1. ^, News Centre, 18 January 2007, "Silnov is fishing for the World High Jump record"; accessed 5 June 2011.
  2. ^ IAAF top lists – men's high jump 2006
  3. ^ Russia's Olympic champion Silnov ready to return. Runnerspace (2010-02-02). Retrieved on 2014-04-21.

External linksEdit

  • Andrey Silnov at World Athletics
  • Dolgopolov, Nickolai; Rostislav Orlov (2007-01-18). "Silnov is fishing for the World High Jump record". IAAF. Retrieved 2006-01-21.
Preceded by
  Jacques Freitag
  Andriy Sokolovskyy
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Donald Thomas
  Stefan Holm
  Yaroslav Rybakov
  Kyriacos Ioannou