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Axel Chapelle (French pronunciation: ​[ak.sɛl ʃa.pɛl]; born 24 April 1995 in Colombes) is a French pole vaulter.

Axel Chapelle
Axel Chapelle London 2017.jpg
Personal information
Full nameAxel Chapelle
Born (1995-04-24) 24 April 1995 (age 24)
Colombes, France
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight72 kg (159 lb)
Country France
Event(s)Pole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)Outdoor:
5.65 m (Pierre-Bénite, 2016)
5.80 m (Belgrade, 2017)


Chapelle began pole vaulting in 2005, at the age of 10.[1] He won his first major medal at the 2013 European Athletics Junior Championships in Rieti, Italy, with a vault of 5.25 m.

At the 2014 World Junior Championships in Athletics in Eugene, Oregon, Chapelle won his first major gold medal, vaulting to a world junior leading height of 5.55 m. He broke into tears as he listened to La Marseillaise, the national anthem of France, after he received his gold medal on top of the podium at Hayward Field.[2] He became only the second pole vaulter to win a junior world title for France since Jean Galfione in 1990.[3]

Competition recordEdit

Personal lifeEdit

Chapelle's older brother, Theo, is also a pole vaulter. They both train together at the EA Cergy Pontoise Athlétisme club in Paris and have equal personal bests of 5.55 m.[2]


  1. ^ "Axel Chapelle – FFA Profile" (in French). Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  2. ^ a b Javier Clavelo Robinson (27 July 2014). "Pole vault prodigy Chapelle finally usurps his brother". IAAF. Retrieved 27 July 2014.
  3. ^ Parker Morse (27 July 2014). "Report: Men's pole vault – IAAF World Junior Championships, Oregon 2014". IAAF. Retrieved 27 July 2014.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Thiago Braz da Silva
World Junior ChampionMen's pole vault
26 July 2014–present
Succeeded by