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Dmitri Markov (Belarusian: Дзьмітры Маркаў; born 14 March 1975 in Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR) is a retired Belarusian and Australian pole vaulter. He is a former world champion and current Oceanian record holder.[1] His gold medal winning jump at the 2001 World Championships made him the third person ever (of five, as of 2017) to clear 6.05 m.

Dmitri Markov
Personal information
Native nameДзьмітры Маркаў
NationalityAustralian
Born14 March 1975 (1975-03-14) (age 44)
Vitebsk, Byelorussian SSR, Soviet Union
Height182 cm (6 ft 0 in)
Weight82 kg (181 lb)
Sport
Country
  • Belarus (1993–1998)
  • Australia (1999–2006)
SportAthletics
Event(s)Pole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)6.05 m (2001)

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BiographyEdit

He originally competed for his birth country Belarus, but fell out with the Belarusian Athletics Federation and refused to compete for the country at the 1998 European Championships. He moved to Australia and was granted citizenship in 1999. He soon set a new Oceanian record in pole vault with 5.95 metres, having already jumped 6.00 in 1998 while representing Belarus. He later improved the Oceanic record to 6.05 metres, the third person ever to clear that height, as he won the 2001 World Championships.

His best Olympic performance was in 2000 when he finished fifth. His last major competition was the Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, where he won the silver medal with a 5.60 m vault.

He was named Western Australian Sports Star of the Year in 2001. Dmitri was the South Australian 2005-2006 Open Male Athlete of the Year and inducted into the South Australian Hall of Fame in 2007. In 2012 he was inducted into the Athletics Australia Hall of Fame.

Dmitiri Markov announced his retirement in early 2007 due to chronic foot injuries. His last competition was the World Athletics Tour in Melbourne on 2 March 2007.[2]

His son Oleg Markov is a promising young Australian rules footballer, who has been drafted into the Australian Football League at the 2015 AFL draft by the Richmond Tigers.[3]

AchievementsEdit

Personal bestEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ IAAF.org Statistics - Area Outdoor Records - Men - Oceania
  2. ^ Hurst, Mike (28 February 2007). "Dmitri Markov to retire after Melbourne start to World Athletics Tour". IAAF. Retrieved 14 March 2007.
  3. ^ Quayle, Emma (3 October 2014). "Russian pole vaulter's son leaps into AFL football".
Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Jeff Hartwig
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
2001
Succeeded by
  Jeff Hartwig
  Tim Lobinger