Raphael Holzdeppe

Raphael Marcel Holzdeppe (born 28 September 1989) is a German pole vaulter, who was world champion at his event. He lives in Zweibrücken in Germany and represents the sports club LAZ Zweibrücken.

Raphael Holzdeppe
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Holzdeppe, 2015
Personal information
Full nameRaphael Marcel Holzdeppe
Born (1989-09-28) 28 September 1989 (age 30)
Kaiserslautern, Germany
ResidenceZweibrücken, Germany
Height1.81 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Weight80 kg (176 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)Pole vault
ClubLAZ Zweibrücken
Coached byAndrei Tivontchik


Holzdeppe, who is of African origin, was adopted by a German couple shortly after his birth.[1] He was born in Kaiserslautern in Germany.

Holzdeppe finished fifth at the 2006 World Junior Championships and won the 2008 World Junior Championships. At the 2007 European Junior Championships, he notably got no result, having no-heighted in the qualifying round. He received the bronze medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, behind countryman Björn Otto and Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie.

His personal best jump is 5.94 metres, achieved on 26 July 2015 set in Nuremberg.[2] A previous personal best was 5.80 metres, achieved in June 2008, setting the world junior record.[3] He holds the world junior indoor record with 5.68 metres, achieved in March 2008 in Halle, Saxony-Anhalt. As a result of this feat, he won the 2008 European Athletics Rising Star of the Year Award. Meanwhile, he finished his Abitur in the lyceum of Helmholtz in Zweibrücken.

Holzdeppe won his first senior world title at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow with a jump of 5.89 m.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Germany
2005 World Youth Championships Marrakech, Morocco NM
2006 World Junior Championships Beijing, China 5th 5.30 m
2007 European Junior Championships Hengelo, Netherlands NM
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 5.50 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 5.60 m
2009 European U23 Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 5.65 m
2010 European Championships Barcelona, Spain 9th 5.60 m
2011 European U23 Championships Ostrava, Czech Republic 6th 5.50 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 20th (q) 5.50 m
2012 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 3rd 5.77 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd 5.91 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 5.61 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 5.89 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 2nd 5.90 m
2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 26th (q) 5.45 m
2017 European Indoor Championships Belgrade, Serbia 5th 5.80 m
World Championships London, United Kingdom 5th (q) 5.70 m1
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th 5.80 m
European Championships Berlin, Germany NM
2019 World Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 5.70 m

1No mark in the final

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ "Holzdeppe ist der neue deutsche Überflieger" (in German). 29 June 2008. Retrieved 2012-08-23.
  2. ^ "IAAF: Raphael HOLZDEPPE | Profile". iaaf.org. Retrieved 2018-09-22.
  3. ^ "Raphael Holzdeppe stellt U20-Weltrekord ein". German Athletics Association (in German). 28 June 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-29.

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