Liz Parnov

Elizabeth Parnov (born 9 May 1994) is a Russian-born Australian athlete who competes in pole vault. She was the Australian National Champion in the event in 2010, jumping 4.40m weeks before she turned 16 years old.[2][3] She has strong athletic pedigree, being the niece of Tatiana Grigorieva, who won the silver medal for Australia in the women's pole vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics, and the granddaughter of Natalya Pechonkina, who won the bronze medal for the USSR in the women's 400m at the 1968 Summer Olympics. She is coached by her father Alex Parnov, himself a former world class pole vaulter. Her older sister Vicky also competes in pole vault and is the 2012 Australian national champion.

Elizabeth Parnov
Personal information
Born (1994-05-09) 9 May 1994 (age 26)
Moscow, Russia
ResidencePerth, Australia
Height178 cm (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight63 kg (139 lb)[1]
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Pole vault
Coached byAlex Parnov
Updated on 18 April 2013.

Parnov was born in Moscow and moved to Australia with her family in 1996, at the age of two.

At the first Youth Olympic Games she was selected to be the Australian flag bearer.[2] She came home with a silver medal. She also won a silver medal at the 2011 World Youth Championships in Athletics, held in Lille.

Her personal best of 4.50 metres, achieved on 17 February 2012 at Perth, is the Australian under-20 record, surpassing the record of her sister that she had tied in winning the Australian National Championship in 2010. While she was still age 17 at the time of the jump, which surpassed the World Youth Record, she was not eligible for the record because she turns 18 in 2012.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing   Australia
2010 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney, Australia 1st Pole vault 3.95m
Youth Olympic Games Singapore 2nd Pole vault 4.25m
2011 Oceania Youth Championships Sydney, Australia 2nd Pole vault 3.85 m
World Youth Championships in Athletics Lille, France 2nd Pole vault 4.20 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom 15th (q) Pole vault 4.35 m
2018 Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia 5th Pole vault 4.40 m
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 28th (q) Pole vault 4.35 m

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Liz Parnov". 2018 Commonwealth Games. Retrieved 12 April 2018.
  2. ^ a b "Australian Championships - Women - 2009-10". Archived from the original on 13 August 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  3. ^ Chadwick, Justin (29 April 2010). "Sky's the limit for baby Parnov". Perth Now. Archived from the original on 1 May 2010. Retrieved 15 August 2012.

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