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Elizaveta Ryzih (born 27 September 1988 in Omsk, Soviet Union) is a German pole vault athlete. Two times an Olympian, she was 6th in London and 10th in Rio Olympic games. She was described by one athletics commentator as a "tall, fast and athletic" pole vaulter, and she has seen good success in European Championships as well as being a constant presence in the world yearly rankings of pole vaulters, placing among the top 10 vaulters in recent years.

Lisa Ryzih
Lisa Ryzih by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Personal information
Full nameElizaveta Ryzih
Born (1988-09-27) 27 September 1988 (age 30)
Omsk, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
Country Germany
Event(s)Pole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Pole vault: 4.75 m indoor, 4.73 m outdoor

She is the younger sister of fellow pole vaulter Anastasija Reiberger (Nastja Ryjikh). She is coached by her father Vladimir Ryzih.[1]



She won at the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics and then set a personal best of 4.30 m for gold at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics at the age of 15. She attempted to be the first athlete to win consecutive titles at the 2005 World Youth Championships, but she managed only 4.05 m for fifth place.[2] Ryzih was the favourite to retain her title at the 2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics but failed to clear the opening height in the final after three attempts.[3]

Ryzih was fourth at the 2007 European Athletics Junior Championships and also won gold at the 2009 European Under-23 Athletics Championships in the women's pole vault in Kaunas. On 30 July 2010, she recorded a personal best of 4.65 m at the 2010 European Athletics Championships in Barcelona. This gained her the bronze medal, the first international medal of her senior career.

She competed at the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in joint 6th with a jump of 4.45 m.[4] The following year, she finished in 8th at the World Championships, with a jump of 4.55 m.[5] The following year, she missed out on a European level medal by countback, jumping the same height (4.60 m) as both the silver and bronze medalists at the 2014 European Championships. She reached the final, but finished last, at the 2015 World Championships.[5] At the 2016 European Championships, she won a silver with a season's best jump of 4.70 m.[6] Later, in August, she reached another Olympic final at Rio 2016.[5]

In Feb. 2017 Lisa Ryzih competed in German Indoor Championships in Leipzig where she got the first place with a jump of 4.65m, with the silver and bronze medals going to 4.40 and 4.30m, respectively.[7] She participated in 2017 Belgrade European's Indoor Athletics meet in 4 March as a top contender and finished second place and getting silver medal with a jump of 4.75m, setting a new indoor personal best.[8]

The IAAF profile of Lisa Ryzih including her personal best records can be found here.

German ChampionshipsEdit

Lisa Ryzih has won 6 titles and some medals in German Athletics Championships (DM) in Pole Vault.

For outdoor, these include: 1st place in 2017 (Erfurt) with jump of 4.70 m; 2nd place in 2016 (Kassel) with jump of 4.65 m; 1st place in 2015 (Nuremberg) with jump of 4.60 m; 1st place in 2014 (Ulm) with a jump of 4.50 m; 2nd place in 2012 with a jump of 4.65 m; 2nd place in 2010 with a jump of 4.60 m; 3rd place in 2009 with a jump of 4.40 m.

For indoor, she was 1st place in 2017 (Leipzig) with a jump of 4.65 m.[9] She also won the indoor title in 2015 in Karlsruhe with 4.55 m[10] and won the 2011 title in Leipzig with a jump of 4.65 m.[11]

In 2018 indoor national championships, Lisa finished in second place with a jump of 4.46m.[12] She is now preparing herself in a training camp in Spain for the European Championships in Berlin (2018) to be held in the Summer. She announced later that she is skipping the 2018 outdoor season including the European Championships for recovery.


After healing her partial Achilles tear, Lisa returned to competition in the Karlsruhe meeting of the 2019 IAAF World Indoor Tour by recording a jump of 4.63 m.[13]

Competition recordEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ NDR. "Lisa Ryzih". (in German). Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  2. ^ "Event Report - Girl' Pole Vault Final". IAAF (in German). 16 July 2005. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  3. ^ "2006 World Junior Championships in Athletics – Women's Pole Vault". IAAF. 18 August 2006. Retrieved 30 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Lisa Ryzih Bio, Stats, and Results". Olympics at Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  5. ^ a b c "IAAF: Lisa Ryzih | Profile". Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  6. ^ "Competitions - European Athletics Championships - History - European Athletics". european-athletics. Retrieved 2017-09-18.
  7. ^ "IAAF: Siciarz speeds to world U20 60m hurdles record at Polish Indoor Championships – indoor round-up| News |". Retrieved 2017-02-26.
  8. ^ "Competitions - European Athletics Indoor Championships - European Athletics". european-athletics. Retrieved 2017-03-04.
  9. ^ "Hallen-DM 2017 Leipzig". (in German). 2017-04-17. Retrieved 2017-07-30.
  10. ^ Lisa Ryzih: "Mein Stab und ich gewöhnen uns aneinander" | Video (in German), 2016-05-30, retrieved 2017-07-30
  11. ^ Lisa Ryzih hat Meisterschaftsrekord im EM-Gepäck | Video (in German), 2016-05-30, retrieved 2017-07-30
  12. ^ Katharina Bauer bezwingt Lisa Ryzih | Video (in German), 2016-05-30, retrieved 2018-04-05
  13. ^ "Pole Vault Result | Indoor Meeting - Karlsruhe |". Retrieved 2019-02-11.

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