Monika PYREK

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Poland Poland
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    11 AUG 1980
    ATHLETE'S IAAF CODE
    134962
Monika Pyrek (Getty Images)

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Pole Vault 4.82 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Pole Vault 4.76 Donetsk (UKR) 12 FEB 2006

Latest Active Season: 2012

Outdoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Pole Vault 4.50 New York, NY (USA) 09 JUN 2012

Indoor

Discipline Performance Wind Place Date Records
Pole Vault 4.41 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2012

Outdoor

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2012 4.50 New York, NY (USA) 09 JUN 2012
2011 4.60 Bydgoszcz (POL) 12 AUG 2011
2010 4.40 Roma (ITA) 10 JUN 2010
2009 4.78 Berlin (GER) 14 JUN 2009
2008 4.75 Roma (ITA) 11 JUL 2008
2007 4.82 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
2006 4.75 Málaga (ESP) 28 JUN 2006
2005 4.70 Biala Podlaska (POL) 25 JUN 2005
2004 4.72 Bruxelles (BEL) 03 SEP 2004
2003 4.60 Trikala (GRE) 24 JUN 2003
2002 4.62 London (GBR) 23 AUG 2002
2001 4.61 Bydgoszcz (POL) 01 JUL 2001
2000 4.40 Sydney (AUS) 25 SEP 2000
1999 4.16 Sopot (POL) 29 MAY 1999
1998 4.15 Budapest (HUN) 21 AUG 1998
1997 3.83 Salgótarján (HUN) 17 SEP 1997
1996 3.60 Sopot (POL) 21 SEP 1996

Indoor

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2011/12 4.41 Birmingham (GBR) 18 FEB 2012
2010/11 4.60 Donetsk (UKR) 12 FEB 2011
2009/10 4.60 Donetsk (UKR) 06 MAR 2010
2008/09 4.71 Bydgoszcz (POL) 10 FEB 2009
2007/08 4.70 Spala (POL) 24 FEB 2008
2006/07 4.61 Bydgoszcz (POL) 20 MAY 2007
2005/06 4.76 Donetsk (UKR) 12 FEB 2006
2004/05 4.70 Madrid (ESP) 06 MAR 2005
2003/04 4.65 Spala (POL) 21 FEB 2004
2002/03 4.52 Wuppertal (GER) 31 JAN 2003
2001/02 4.60 Wien (AUT) 03 MAR 2002
2000/01 4.36 Spala (POL) 25 FEB 2001
1999/00 4.20 Gent (BEL) 25 FEB 2000
1998/99 4.21 Spala (POL) 13 FEB 1999
1997/98 3.91 Spala (POL) 15 FEB 1998
1996/97 3.60 Gdynia (POL) 11 JAN 1997

Honours - Olympic Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
4. Pole Vault 4.55 Athina (GRE) 24 AUG 2004
5. Pole Vault 4.70 Beijing (CHN) 18 AUG 2008
7. Pole Vault 4.40 Sydney (AUS) 25 SEP 2000

Honours - World Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Pole Vault 4.65 Berlin (GER) 17 AUG 2009
2. Pole Vault 4.60 Helsinki (FIN) 12 AUG 2005
3. Pole Vault 4.55 Edmonton (CAN) 06 AUG 2001
4. Pole Vault 4.75 Osaka (JPN) 28 AUG 2007
4. Pole Vault 4.55 Paris (FRA) 25 AUG 2003

Honours - World Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Pole Vault 4.70 Valencia (ESP) 08 MAR 2008
3. Pole Vault 4.45 Birmingham (GBR) 16 MAR 2003
4. Pole Vault 4.65 Moskva (RUS) 11 MAR 2006
5. Pole Vault 4.50 Budapest (HUN) 06 MAR 2004

Honours - World (Continental) Cup

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
5. Pole Vault 4.30 Athina (GRE) 16 SEP 2006

Honours - World U20 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Pole Vault 4.10 Annecy (FRA) 29 JUL 1998

Honours - European Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Pole Vault 4.65 Göteborg (SWE) 12 AUG 2006
7. Pole Vault 4.15 Budapest (HUN) 21 AUG 1998

Honours - World Athletics Final

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
2. Pole Vault 4.60 Thessaloniki (GRE) 12 SEP 2009
2. Pole Vault 4.82 Stuttgart (GER) 22 SEP 2007
2. Pole Vault 4.65 Stuttgart (GER) 10 SEP 2006
2. Pole Vault 4.62 Monaco (MON) 10 SEP 2005
3. Pole Vault 4.70 Stuttgart (GER) 13 SEP 2008
4. Pole Vault 4.50 Monaco (MON) 14 SEP 2003
5. Pole Vault 4.50 Monaco (MON) 19 SEP 2004

Honours - Francophone Games

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.30 Ottawa (CAN) 20 JUL 2001

Honours - European Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
3. Pole Vault 4.70 Madrid (ESP) 06 MAR 2005
3. Pole Vault 4.60 Wien (AUT) 03 MAR 2002

Honours - European Team Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.70 Leiria (POR) 20 JUN 2009
1. Pole Vault 4.65 München (GER) 23 JUN 2007
1. Pole Vault 4.75 Málaga (ESP) 28 JUN 2006
2. Pole Vault 4.40 Bydgoszcz (POL) 19 JUN 2004

Honours - European Team Championships 1st League

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.30 Lappeenranta (FIN) 21 JUN 2003
1. Pole Vault 4.50 Vaasa (FIN) 23 JUN 2001
1. Pole Vault 4.30 Bydgoszcz (POL) 08 JUL 2000
1. Pole Vault 3.95 Malmö (SWE) 06 JUN 1998

Honours - European U23 Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.40 Amsterdam (NED) 14 JUL 2001

Honours - National Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.45 Bielsko-Biala (POL) 17 JUN 2012
1. Pole Vault 4.20 Bielsko-Biala (POL) 08 JUL 2010
1. Pole Vault 4.70 Szczecin (POL) 05 JUL 2008
1. Pole Vault 4.60 Poznan (POL) 01 JUL 2007
1. Pole Vault 4.60 Bydgoszcz (POL) 22 JUL 2006
1. Pole Vault 4.70 Biala Podlaska (POL) 25 JUN 2005
1. Pole Vault 4.45 Bydgoszcz (POL) 02 JUL 2004
1. Pole Vault 4.50 Szczecin (POL) 20 JUL 2002
1. Pole Vault 4.61 Bydgoszcz (POL) 01 JUL 2001
1. Pole Vault 3.70 Kraków (POL) 02 JUL 1999

Honours - National Indoor Championships

Place Discipline Mark Wind Place Date
1. Pole Vault 4.60 Spala (POL) 22 FEB 2009
1. Pole Vault 4.70 Spala (POL) 24 FEB 2008
1. Pole Vault 4.40 Spala (POL) 26 FEB 2006
1. Pole Vault 4.70 Spala (POL) 20 FEB 2005
1. Pole Vault 4.65 Spala (POL) 21 FEB 2004
1. Pole Vault 4.50 Spala (POL) 02 MAR 2003
1. Pole Vault 4.25 Spala (POL) 17 FEB 2002
1. Pole Vault 4.36 Spala (POL) 25 FEB 2001
1. Pole Vault 4.15 Spala (POL) 13 FEB 2000
1. Pole Vault 4.10 Spala (POL) 22 FEB 1999
1. Pole Vault 3.91 Spala (POL) 15 FEB 1998
Results in:

Pole Vault

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
11 MAY 2012 Doha IAAF Diamond League Meeting QATQAT GL F - NH
19 MAY 2012 Szczecin POLPOL F F 1. 4.30
26 MAY 2012 Gdańsk Józef Żylewicz Memorial POLPOL F F 1. 4.30
03 JUN 2012 Bydgoszcz European Athletics Festival POLPOL D F 1. 4.40
09 JUN 2012 New York adidas Grand Prix USAUSA GL F 4. 4.50
17 JUN 2012 Bielsko-Biała Polish Ch. POLPOL B F 1. 4.45
28 JUN 2012 Helsinki European Championships FINFIN GL Q2 4. 4.35
20 JUL 2012 Monaco Herculis MONMON GL F 9. 4.35
04 AUG 2012 London Olympic Games GBRGBR OW Q1 8. 4.40

Pole Vault Indoor

Date Competition Cnt. Cat Race Pl. Result
08 FEB 2012 Bydgoszcz Pedro's Cup POLPOL C F 7. 4.40
11 FEB 2012 Donetsk Samsung Pole Vault Stars UKRUKR C F 8. 4.40
18 FEB 2012 Birmingham Aviva Indoor Grand Prix GBRGBR B F 5. 4.41
23 FEB 2012 Stockholm XL Galan SWESWE B F - NH
26 FEB 2012 Spała Polish Ind. Ch. POLPOL D F 3. 4.30


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Updated 3 August 2008


Monika PYREK, Poland (Pole Vault)

Born 11 August 1980, Gdynia
1.68m / 52 kg
Lives: Szczecin
Coach: Vyacheslav Kalinichenko (Ukraine)
Club: MKL Szczecin

Not for 10 years has Monika Pyrek lost at the National Championships. She has also gathered a big collection of medals on the international scene. However, although she has been among the pioneers of women’s Pole Vault in Poland, her first speciality was the High Jump.

Pyrek changed her mind when Anna Wielgus, another athlete in the Athletic Club Gdynia, decided to start pole vaulting. Wielgus was the only competitor to defeat Pyrek at the Nationals - in 1998, in Wroclaw, when they both cleared 4.00 metres - but her sports career is already over.

Both athletes practised the newly introduced event under direction of Edward Szymczak, who coached the best male pole vaulters of the country earlier. His pupils – Marian Kolasa (5.81) and Miroslaw Chmara (5.90) - were for some time the main rivals of Sergey Bubka.

More than two decades ago Szymczak started a Pole Vault competition on the long pier at the seaside resort of Sopot. At the very beginning, two Polish Olympic champions, Tadeusz Slusarski (Olympic champion 1976) and Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz (Olympic champion 1980) took part in this original meeting. Then came the girls and one of them was Pyrek, who once competed in Sopot with Stacy Dragila of the United States.

Pyrek’s sporting breakthrough came at the 2000 Olympic Games, in Sydney, where, aged only 20, she placed seventh. Dragila won the gold medal, as she did at the 1999 and 2001 World Championships, but soon the American had to accept the change in the international hierarchy. Yelena Isinbayeva, of Russia, began to dominate and Pyrek, who took the bronze medal at the 2001 World Championships, in Edmonton, went on to record her top achievement four years later, gaining the silver at the World Championships, in Helsinki. It was important for Pyrek after she had taken only fourth place at the 2004 Olympic Games, in Athens, being surprisingly overshadowed by her compatriot, Anna Rogowska, the bronze medal winner. Becoming a World runner-up, Pyrek regained her leadership among Polish vaulters

In 2003 Pyrek separated from her first coach, Edward Szymczak, and moved from Gdynia to Szczecin, another seaside city. “I’m a sailor’s daughter, so I like to stay very close to the sea,” said the vaulter who has won eight national titles, including the last one from Szczecin. Pyrek’s new coach is Viacheslav Kalinichenko, of Ukraine, who has resided in Poland with his family for many years.

Pyrek graduated from Gdansk University with a Masters in law. In the future she plans to be employed in one of the European Union offices. She has become a celebrity, starring on TV. She even tries to sing. A few months ago she recorded an Olympic song which she performs together with a professional vocalist, Maria Sadowska.

Pyrek lives in Szczecin, with her sweetheart Norbert Rokita, who is an athletics manager. Once a year she invites some top women vaulters to take part in a street competition held just under the windows of her apartment.

 

Personal Bests

4.82 (2007); 4.76i (2006)


Yearly Progression

1995: 2.30; 1996: 3.60; 1997: 3.83; 1998: 4.15; 1999: 4.16/4.21i; 2000: 4.40; 2001: 4.61; 2002: 4.62; 2003: 4.60; 2004: 4.72; 2005: 4.70; 2006: 4.75/4.76i; 2007: 4.82; 2008: 4.75


Career Highlights

1997 q   European Junior Championships (Ljubljana)   3.80
1998 2nd   World Junior Championships (Annecy)    4.10
1998 7th  European Championships (Budapest)    4.15
1999 11th  World Indoor Championships (Maebashi)   4.20
1999 4th  European Junior Championships (Riga)   4.10
2000 q     European Indoor Championships (Gent)   4.20
2000 1st    European Cup-1  (Bydgoszcz)     4.30
2000 7th    Olympic Games (Sydney)      4.40
2001 1st    European Cup-1 (Vaasa)      4.50
2001 1st    European Under-23 Championships (Amsterdam)  4.40
2001 3rd    World Championships (Edmonton)    4.55
2001 4th    Goodwill Games (Brisbane)     4.35
2001 4th    Grand Prix Final (Melbourne)     4.20
2002 3rd    European Indoor Championships (Vienna)   4.60
2002 4th     European Cup, Super League (Annecy)    4.20
2002 q       European Championships (Munich)    4.30
2003 3rd    European Indoor Cup (Leipzig)     4.30
2003   3rd   World Indoor Championships (Birmingham)   4.45
2003 1st     European Cup-1 (Lappeenranta)     4.30
2003 4th     World Championships (Paris)     4.55
2003 4th     World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.50
2004 5th     World Indoor Championships (Budapest)   4.50
2004 2nd     European Cup, Super League (Bydgoszcz)   4.40
2004 4th     Olympic Games (Athens)      4.55
2004 5th     World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.50
2005 3rd     European Indoor Championships (Madrid)   4.70
2005 2nd     World Championships (Helsinki)     4.60
2005 2nd     World Athletics Final (Monaco)     4.62
2006  4th    World Indoor Championships (Moscow)    4.65
2006 1st     European Cup, Super League (Malaga)    4.75
2006 2nd     European Championships (Göteborg)    4.65
2006 2nd    World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)    4.65
2007  1st     European Cup, Super League (Munich)    4.65
2007 4th     World Championships (Osaka)     4.75
2007 2nd   World Athletics Final (Stuttgart)   4.82
2008 3rd     World Indoor Championships (Valencia)    4.70


 

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