Steven Lewis

Steven ("Steve") James Lewis (born 20 May 1986) is an English pole vaulter. His personal best jump of 5.82 metres, set in July 2012, is the British record for the event.[1] Indoors his best is 5.77 m, achieved in Dessau on 2 March 2012.[2]

Steven Lewis
Steven Lewis 2012 JumpandFly.JPG
Personal information
Born (1986-05-20) 20 May 1986 (age 34)
Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight84 kg (185 lb)
Country United Kingdom
Event(s)Pole Vault
Updated on 7 August 2014.

Lewis was born in Stoke-on-Trent, and he attended Holden Lane High School.[3] Originally a hurdler, he switched to pole vaulting.[4] Lewis finished in fourth place at the 2009 European Indoor Championships with jump of 5.71 m, which resulted in British head coach Charles van Commenee praising his development.[5][6]

He represented Great Britain at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2012 Summer Olympics and is a three-time medalist for England at the Commonwealth Games. He has participated at the World Championships in Athletics on five occasions (2007, 2009, 2011, 2013 and 2015) and has been a finalist at the IAAF World Indoor Championships three times.

Lewis achieved a personal best and broke the British record of 5.80 m set by Nick Buckfield in 1998, with a vault of 5.82 m at the 2012 Janusz Kusociński Memorial in Szcecin, Poland.[7] He competed in the 2012 Summer Olympics, finishing in fifth place with a vault of 5.75 m, becoming Britain's most successful men's pole vault Olympian.

In 2014, he won the Commonwealth title, completing a full set of Commonwealth medals.

Competition recordEdit

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Great Britain and   England
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 3rd 5.05 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 9th 5.00 m
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 5th 5.10 m
2006 Commonwealth Games Melbourne, Australia 3rd 5.50 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 15th (q) 5.55 m
European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 7th 5.55 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan NM
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 15th (q) 5.35 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China NM
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 4th 5.71 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 9th 5.65 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 5.45 m
Commonwealth Games Delhi, India 2nd 5.60 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 9th 5.65 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 5th 5.70 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5.75 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 6th 5.71 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia NM
2014 Commonwealth Games Glasgow, United Kingdom 1st 5.55 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 11th 5.40 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 29th (q) 5.40 m


  1. ^ Jackowski, Pawel (2012-07-22). Wlodarczyk and Alekna underscore London medal aspirations in Szczecin. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-07-22.
  2. ^ "IAAF: Steven Lewis | Profile". Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 July 2012. Retrieved 12 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Glasgow 2014 - Steven Lewis Profile". Retrieved 28 February 2016.
  5. ^ Van Commenee rues missed targets. BBC Sport (2009-03-08). Retrieved on 2009-03-11.
  6. ^ Broadbent, Rick (2009-03-09). Coach spells out need for improvement. The Times. Retrieved on 2009-03-11.
  7. ^

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