Piotr Lisek

Piotr Lisek (born 16 August 1992) is a Polish athlete specialising in the pole vault.[3] He won bronze medals at the 2015 and 2019 World Championships and the silver medal at the 2017 World Championships. He is the first Polish vaulter to jump over 6 meters.

Piotr Lisek
Pedros Cup 2015 Łódź, Piotr Lisek 01.jpg
Lisek in 2015
Personal information
Born (1992-08-16) 16 August 1992 (age 28)
Duszniki, Greater Poland Voivodeship, Poland
Height1.94 m (6 ft 4 in)[1]
Weight94 kg (207 lb))[2]
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubOSOT Szczecin
Coached byMarcin Szczepański (2015–)
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Pole vault: 6.02 m (2017)

His personal bests in the event are 6.02 metres outdoors (Monaco 2019) and 6.00 metres indoors (Potsdam 2017).[4][5]


Lisek began his career as a high jumper, but later switched to pole vault, having decided he was too short for his original event.[1] He was coached by Vyacheslav Kalinichenko, who also trained Monika Pyrek, one of the most successful Polish female pole vaulters.

At the 2012 Polish Championships, he tested positive for an illegal substance, methylhexanamine, and was banned for six months.[6] The athlete stated that he took the substance unknowingly in an energy drink and even listed it with the supplements he was using before the anti-doping control, which contributed to the reduced period of suspension.[7]

Lisek's international debut was at the 2013 European Indoor Championships where he did not go through the qualifying round. Also at the 2013 European U23 Championships, he did not manage to reach the final. His big breakthrough came in 2014, when he jumped 5.77 metres in the indoor season. However, despite regularly jumping over 5.75 metres, he did not make the team for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships, which took place in Poland, after no marking at the national championships. He had more success in the outdoor season, jumping 5.82 metres and finishing sixth at the 2014 European Championships. 2015 proved to be even more successful for the Polish vaulter with a new national indoor record of 5.90 metres and the bronze at the 2015 European Indoor Championships, his first international medal.

In February 2017, Lisek improved his personal record and jumped to a new Polish record, clearing 6.00 meters in Potsdam competition. Thus he became the 10th vaulter in history to clear 6.00 meters indoors.[5] On 5 July 2019, during IAAF Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, Lisek cleared 6.01 meters, setting new Polish record and becoming the first Polish pole vaulter to clear 6 meters outdoors.[8] One week later, he improved this record to 6.02 meters during a meeting in Monaco.[4]

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Poland
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 12th (q) 5.50 m
European U23 Championships Tampere, Finland 17th (q) 5.20 m
2014 European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 6th 5.65 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 3rd 5.85 m
World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 5.80 m
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, Oregon 3rd 5.75 m
European Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 4th 5.50 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 5.75 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 1st 5.85 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 2nd 5.89 m
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 5.85 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany 4th 5.90 m
2019 European Indoor Championships Glasgow, Scotland 2nd 5.85 m
World Championships Doha, Qatar 3rd 5.87 m

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b Skok o tyczce. Rekordowy skok Piotra Liska (in Polish)
  2. ^ Lekkoatletyczne HME. Lisek: Nie powinienem skakać o tyczce tak wysoko (in Polish)
  3. ^ Piotr Lisek at World Athletics
  4. ^ a b "Lisek improves to 6.02m in Monaco – IAAF Diamond League". International Association of Athletics Federations. 12 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Lisek joins the six-metre club in Potsdam – indoor round-up". International Association of Athletics Federations. 5 February 2017. Retrieved 7 February 2017.
  6. ^ IAAF newsletter
  7. ^ Norbert Rokita, prezes OSoT Szczecin: Doping? Nie, głupota (in Polish)
  8. ^ "Lisek tops six meters in Lausanne – IAAF Diamond League". International Association of Athletics Federations. 5 July 2019. Retrieved 13 July 2019.

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