Fabiana Murer

Fabiana de Almeida Murer (born 16 March 1981[1]) is a retired Brazilian pole vaulter. She holds the South American record in the event with an indoor best of 4.82 m and an outdoor best of 4.87 m, making her the fourth highest vaulter ever at the time, now the eighth. She won the gold medal at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics, at the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships and also won at the 2007 Pan American Games. Murer represented Brazil at the 2008, 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. She is a four-time South American Champion with wins in 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2011. Murer was coached by both the Ukrainian Vitaly Petrov, who managed the world record holders Sergei Bubka and Yelena Isinbayeva, and her husband, Élson Miranda de Souza, a former vaulter himself.

Fabiana Murer
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Personal information
Full nameFabiana de Almeida Murer
Born (1981-03-16) 16 March 1981 (age 39)
Campinas, São Paulo, Brazil
Height1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Weight57 kg (126 lb)
Country Brazil
Event(s)Pole vault
Coached byVitaly Petrov, Élson de Souza
Updated on 26 August 2015.


Murer set an outdoor personal best of 4.80 metres in June 2008 in São Paulo. This was a South American record.[2] She finished tenth at the 2008 Summer Olympics with a vault of 4.50 m, unable to scale the heights that she had in June. During the competition, the organization lost one of Murer's poles, causing her to underperform as she spent over 10 minutes trying to get the pole back.[3][4]

She improved her outdoor record to 4.82 m in June 2009 at the Troféu Brasil Caixa de Atletismo meet. She made the jump en route to winning her fifth Brazilian championships in the event, breaking the area record for the eleventh time and placing joint sixth in the all-time lists.[5] She competed at the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin but she failed to match her early season form, finishing with a best clearance of 4.55 m.[6] She improved to 4.60 m at the 2009 IAAF World Athletics Final, winning the silver medal.

At the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships, Murer took advantage of Yelena Isinbayeva's failure at 4.75 m and continued at 4.80 m, clearing first time and winning her first global championships.[7] Murer improved her indoor mark to 4.83 m at the Grand Prix in Birmingham, United Kingdom.[8] She further improved her outdoor record in June to 4.85 m at the 2010 Ibero-American Championships in San Fernando, Spain. This mark placed her as the fourth greatest pole vaulter on the all-time lists, and she then attempted 4.93 m, but failed three times.[9]

She was dominant on the 2010 IAAF Diamond League circuit, winning three out of the six diamond race events. Her vault of 4.81 m to win at the Weltklasse Zurich meeting made her the inaugural Diamond League winner of the women's pole vault. She was selected to represent the Americas team at the 2010 IAAF Continental Cup and although she won the bronze medal, her mark of 4.50 m was far from her year's best.[10] She retained her national title at the Troféu Brasil de Atletismo, vaulting 4.70 m to bring a close to her season.[11]

Murer celebrating her title at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics

In 2011, Murer became the first Brazilian to win the IAAF World Championship, vaulting 4.85 m at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu.[12][13]

Despite high expectations for the 2012 Summer Olympics, Murer did not qualify for the finals. She failed on the first two attempts for 4.55 m, and gave up on the last complaining about unfavorable wind conditions.[14]

In 2014 Murer won the second Diamond League circuit, winning four out of the seven diamond race events.[15]

Up until 2015 Murer's post-Olympics performances were underwhelming. Then she earned a silver medal at both the 2015 Pan American Games and the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, surpassed only by the Cuban Yarisley Silva. In the latter, Murer reached again her personal best of 4.85 m.[16][17]

On July 3, 2016, she vaulted 4.87 m at the Troféu Brasil de Atletismo in São Bernardo do Campo, Brazilian athletics trials to Rio 2016, improving her own Brazilian and South American records again.[18] That same month, after attending the Herculis Diamond League meet, Murer felt pain in the neck. Despite treating it, by the time of the London Grand Prix Murer was feeling a lack of strength in her arms. Tests revealed a cervical spinal disc herniation, leading Murer to go through extensive physical therapy to ensure she would perform normally during the 2016 Summer Olympics at home.[19] Still, by the time of the Games Murer fell right in the first attempts at clearing 4.55 m. She later blamed the failure on not being fully recovered from the hernia.[20]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1998 South American Junior Championships Córdoba, Argentina 1st 3.52 m
World Junior Championships Annecy, France 20th (q) 3.65 m
1999 South American Championships Bogotá, Colombia 3rd 3.70 m
Pan American Junior Championships Tampa, United States 2nd 3.75 m
Pan American Games Winnipeg, Canada 9th 3.50 m
South American Junior Championships Concepción, Chile 1st 3.70 m
2000 Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 5th 3.70 m
South American Junior Championships São Leopoldo, Brazil 1st 3.75 m
World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 10th 3.70 m
2001 South American Championships Manaus, Brazil 6th 3.70 m
2004 Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 8th 3.90 m
2005 South American Championships Cali, Colombia 2nd 4.00 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 15th (q) 4.40 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 15th (q) 4.35 m
Ibero-American Championships Ponce, Puerto Rico 1st 4.56 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 5th 4.50 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 2nd 4.55 m
South American Championships Tunja, Colombia 1st 4.47 m
2007 South American Championships São Paulo, Brazil 1st 4.50 m CR
Pan American Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 4.60 m CR
World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th 4.65 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd 4.70 m AR
Olympic Games Beijing, China 10th 4.50 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 4.50 m
2009 South American Championships Lima, Peru 1st 4.60 m CR
World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 4.55 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 1st 4.80 m
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 1st 4.85 m AR
2011 South American Championships Buenos Aires, Argentina 1st 4.70 m CR
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 4.85 m =AR
Pan American Games Guadalajara, Mexico 2nd 4.70 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 15th (q) 4.50 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th 4.65 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 4th 4.70 m
South American Games Santiago, Chile 1st 4.40 m
2015 Pan American Games Toronto, Canada 2nd 4.80 m
World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 4.85 m =AR
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 6th 4.60 m
Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 1st 4.60 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil NM

Personal bestsEdit

Event Height (m) Venue Date
Pole vault, indoor 4.83 AR Nevers, France 7 February 2015
Pole vault, outdoor 4.87 AR São Bernardo do Campo, Brazil 3 July 2016
  • All information taken from IAAF Profile.[21]


  1. ^ A Equipe - Atletas Feminino - Perfil - Fabiana Murer (in Portuguese), Clube de Atletismo BM&F Bovespa, retrieved April 17, 2014
  2. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2008-06-30).iaaf.org – Murer vaults to South American record of 4.80m at Troféu Brasil. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
  3. ^ "Isinbayeva wins with new record". BBC. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  4. ^ "Após sumiço de vara, Murer fica longe do pódio e critica organização" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008-08-18. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  5. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2009-06-08). Murer vaults to world leading 4.82m at Brazilian nationals. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-09.
  6. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-17). Event Report – Women's Pole Vault – Final Archived 2009-08-20 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  7. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2010-03-14). Doha 2010 – Murer upgrades to gold in women's Pole Vault. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-07.
  8. ^ Murer breaks indoor south american record. Retrieved on 2010-03-31.
  9. ^ Valiente, Emeterio (2010-06-07). Murer vaults 4.85m Area Record as Cuba and Spain dominate in San Fernando – Ibero-American Championships report. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-06-07.
  10. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2010-09-04). EVENT Report – Women's Pole Vault. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-22.
  11. ^ Biscayart, Eduardo (2010-09-20). Murer vaults 4.70m at Brazilian championships. IAAF. Retrieved on 2010-09-22.
  12. ^ Gains, Paul. (2011-08-30). Murer: ‘I was prepared for these championships’ Archived 2011-09-16 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-08-30.
  13. ^ Fabiana Murer é campeã mundial. Globo Esporte
  14. ^ Fabiana Murer reclama do vento, mas assume culpa por eliminação precoce, Folha de S.Paulo
  15. ^ "2014, ANO DO BICAMPEONATO DA DIAMOND LEAGUE". Globoesporte (in Portuguese). September 30, 2014. Archived from the original on November 27, 2015. Retrieved September 3, 2015.
  17. ^ Fabiana Murer pode transformar a prata de Pequim em ouro na Rio-2016?
  19. ^ Fabiana Murer says she discovered a hernia and is doing physiotherapy for the Olympics
  20. ^ Murer points to slipped disc as the cause of elimination
  21. ^ Fabiana Murer at World Athletics Retrieved on 31 May 2010.

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Preceded by
Sarah Menezes
Brazilian Sportswomen of the Year
Succeeded by
Sheilla Castro