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).
|Born||9 September 1984|
Shakhty, Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.98 m (6 ft 6 in)|
|Weight||83 kg (183 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Coached by||Sergey 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. 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.
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.
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.
|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|
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Andrey Silnov.|
- 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.
| Men's High Jump Best Year Performance