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Maksim Vladimirovich Tarasov (Russian: Максим Владимирович Тарасов, born 2 December 1970 in Yaroslavl, Soviet Union) is a retired Russian pole vaulter. He is the Russian national record holder for pole vault, with 6.05, result achieved in 1996.

Maksim Tarasov
Personal information
Native nameМаксим Владимирович Тарасов
Full nameMaksim Vladimirovich Tarasov
Born (1970-12-02) 2 December 1970 (age 48)
Yaroslavl, Soviet Union
Years active1988–2000
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
Country Soviet Union (1988-1991)
Olympic flag.svg Unified Team (1992)
 Russia (1993-2000)
Event(s)Pole vault
Turned pro1988
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)6.05 m (1999)


He represented the USSR, the Unified Team, and later Russia. His personal best jump is 6.05 metres, which puts him fourth in the all-time performers list.[1] He was the surprise Gold medalist at the 1992 Summer Olympics, representing the Unified Team, over favourite Ukrainian teammate Sergey Bubka, who missed all the attempts at the final. He represented Russia at the 2000 Summer Olympics, winning a Bronze medal. A serious injury forced him to leave competition in 2001.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the   Soviet Union
1988 World Juniors Sudbury, Canada 2nd 5.60 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd 5.85 m
Representing the   Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 1st 5.80 m
Representing   Russia
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 5.80 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 5.86 m
1996 IAAF Grand Prix Final Milan, Italy 1st 5.90 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 3rd 5.80 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 5.96 m
1998 European Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 5.81 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 6.02 m CR
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd 5.90 m

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Jeff Hartwig
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
  Jeff Hartwig