Yaroslav Rybakov during 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships
|Full name||Yaroslav Vladimirovich Rybakov|
|Born||November 22, 1980|
Mogilyev, Belarusian SSR
|Height||1.96 m (6 ft 5 in)|
|Weight||84 kg (185 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field athletics|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||2.35 m|
2.38 m (indoors)
In 2006 he won the World Indoor Championships, and finished fifth in the high jump final at the 2006 European Athletics Championships in Gothenburg. The next year he won his third World Championships silver medal in a new personal best jump of 2.35 metres. In 2009, he finally won gold at the World Championships in Berlin.
Rybakov set the Russian national record of 2.38, indoors, at the 16th GE Galan meet at the Globe Arena in Stockholm, Sweden on Tuesday 15 February 2005. It was the highest indoor leap in the world since March 2000, and improved his personal best by one cm. He was pushed to the record by Czech jumper Jaroslav Baba, who finished second at 2.34. Rybakov set the record by making 5-consecutive first try clearances at 2.21, 2.26, 2.29, 2.32 and 2.34, and then clearing 2.39 on his third, and final, attempt.
Two years later, Rybakov would push his younger compatriot Ivan Ukhov to break his national record at the Moscow Winter Cup meet on 28 January 2007. In a tactical duel, Rybakov would finish second at 2.35 (with one attempt at 2.37 and two at 2.39), while 20-year-old Ukhov had a first try clearance at 2.39. One week later, at the Arnstadt, Germany meet on 3 February 2007, Rybakov would win, tying his personal best of 2.38, while Ukhov finished fourth at 2.31.
- official IAAF.org news release, Tuesday 15 February 2005, "Rybakov flies over 2.38m in Stockholm"; accessed 6 March 2011
- official Russian Athletics News press release, 29 January 2007; Ukhov stuns with 2.39 leap in Moscow; accessed 6 March 2011
- Official IAAF.org news release, 4 February 2007, "Rybakov breaks Arnstadt meet record with 2.38m leap"; accessed 6 March 2011
| Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside Donald Thomas, Stefan Holm and Kyriacos Ioannou