Yaroslav Rybakov

Athlete Profile

  • COUNTRY
    Russia Russia
  • DATE OF BIRTH
    22 NOV 1980
Yaroslav Rybakov of Russia celebrates winning the gold medal in the men's High Jump (Getty Images)

Personal Best - Outdoor

Performance Wind Place Date
High Jump 2.35 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG 2007
High Jump 2.35 Cheboksary 25 JUL 2009

Personal Best - Indoor

Performance Wind Place Date
60 Metres 7.15 Chelyabinsk 19 FEB 2000
1000 Metres 2:51.13 Lipetsk 15 FEB 1998
60 Metres Hurdles 8.38 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB 2000
High Jump 2.38 Madrid 06 MAR 2005
High Jump 2.38 Moskva 10 FEB 2008
High Jump 2.38 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 03 FEB 2007
High Jump 2.38 Stockholm 15 FEB 2005
Pole Vault 4.60 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB 2000
Pole Vault 4.60 Chelyabinsk 13 FEB 1999
Long Jump 7.45 Chelyabinsk 12 FEB 1999
Shot Put 14.32 Moskva 12 JAN 2013
Heptathlon 5800 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB 2000

Progression - Outdoor

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2012 2.24 Budapest 20 AUG
2011 2.30 Cheboksary 23 JUL
2010 2.33 Lausanne (Pontaise) 08 JUL
2009 2.35 Cheboksary 25 JUL
2008 2.34 Beijing (National Stadium) 19 AUG
2007 2.35 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG
2006 2.33 Shanghai 23 SEP
2005 2.33 Roma (Stadio Olimpico) 08 JUL
2004 2.32 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 22 AUG
2003 2.34 Firenze (Stadio Ridolfi) 21 JUN
2002 2.31 Madrid (CM) 20 SEP
2002 2.31 Zürich 16 AUG
2002 2.31 München 08 AUG
2001 2.33 Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium) 08 AUG
2000 2.28 Tula (Arsenal Stadium) 25 JUL
1998 2.18 Annecy (Park des Sports) 31 JUL

Progression - Indoor

60 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 7.44 Moskva 12 JAN
2000 7.15 Chelyabinsk 19 FEB
1999 7.30 Chelyabinsk 12 FEB
1998 7.36 Lipetsk 14 FEB

1000 Metres

Performance Place Date
2013 3:06.24 Moskva 13 JAN
2000 3:02.50 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB
1999 3:01.10 Chelyabinsk 13 FEB
1998 2:51.13 Lipetsk 15 FEB

60 Metres Hurdles

Performance Place Date
2013 8.65 Moskva 13 JAN
2000 8.38 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB
1999 8.59 Chelyabinsk 13 FEB
1998 8.50 Lipetsk 15 FEB

High Jump

Performance Place Date
2013 2.22 Yaroslavl 19 JAN
2012 2.18 Moskva 12 FEB
2011 2.27 Yaroslavl 18 JAN
2010 2.33 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 06 FEB
2009 2.31 Göteborg 29 JAN
2008 2.38 Moskva 10 FEB
2007 2.38 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 03 FEB
2006 2.37 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR
2006 2.37 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 04 FEB
2005 2.38 Madrid 06 MAR
2005 2.38 Stockholm 15 FEB
2004 2.32 Budapest (Sportaréna) 06 MAR
2003 2.34 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 09 FEB
2002 2.31 Arnstadt (Sporthalle) 26 JAN
2001 2.33 Moskva 25 FEB
2000 2.21 Chelyabinsk 19 FEB
1999 2.16 Chelyabinsk 12 FEB
1998 2.12 Lipetsk 14 FEB

Pole Vault

Performance Place Date
2013 4.40 Moskva 13 JAN
2000 4.60 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB
1999 4.60 Chelyabinsk 13 FEB
1998 4.40 Lipetsk 15 FEB

Long Jump

Performance Wind Place Date
2013 6.80 Moskva 12 JAN
2000 7.37 Chelyabinsk 19 FEB
1999 7.45 Chelyabinsk 12 FEB
1998 7.44 Lipetsk 14 FEB

Shot Put

Performance Place Date
2013 14.32 Moskva 12 JAN
2000 14.30 Chelyabinsk 19 FEB
1999 13.56 Chelyabinsk 12 FEB
1998 12.41 Lipetsk 14 FEB

Heptathlon

Performance Place Date
2013 5389 Moskva 13 JAN
2000 5800 Chelyabinsk 20 FEB
1999 5637 Chelyabinsk 13 FEB
1998 5570 Lipetsk 15 FEB

Honours - High Jump

Rank Mark Wind Place Date
13th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 2.31 Doha (Aspire Dome) 14 MAR 2010
IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 1 2.34 Thessaloníki 12 SEP 2009
12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 1 2.32 Berlin (Olympiastadion) 21 AUG 2009
6th IAAF/VTB Bank World Athletics Final 4 2.29 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 13 SEP 2008
The XXIX Olympic Games 3 2.34 Beijing (National Stadium) 19 AUG 2008
12th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 2.34 Valencia (Velódromo Luis Puig), ESP 08 MAR 2008
5th IAAF World Athletics Final 6 2.27 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 23 SEP 2007
11th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 2.35 Osaka (Nagai Stadium) 29 AUG 2007
4th IAAF World Athletics Final 3 2.29 Stuttgart (Gottlieb-Daimler Stadion) 10 SEP 2006
11th IAAF World Indoor Championships 1 2.37 Moskva (Olimpiyskiy Stadion) 11 MAR 2006
3rd IAAF World Athletics Final 3 2.32 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 10 SEP 2005
10th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 2 2.29 Helsinki (Olympic Stadium) 14 AUG 2005
2nd IAAF World Athletics Final 2 2.30 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 19 SEP 2004
28th Olympic Games 6 2.32 Athína (Olympic Stadium) 22 AUG 2004
10th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 2.32 Budapest (Sportaréna) 06 MAR 2004
1st IAAF World Athletics Final 1 2.30 Monaco (Stade Louis II) 14 SEP 2003
9th IAAF World Championships in Athletics 9 2.25 Paris Saint-Denis (Stade de France) 25 AUG 2003
9th IAAF World Indoor Championships 2 2.33 Birmingham (NIA), GBR 15 MAR 2003
9th IAAF World Cup in Athletics 1 2.31 Madrid (CM) 20 SEP 2002
18th IAAF Grand Prix Final 2 2.28 Paris (Charléty) 14 SEP 2002
8th IAAF World Championships 2 2.33 Edmonton (Commonwealth Stadium) 08 AUG 2001
8th IAAF World Indoor Championships 7 2.25 Lisboa (Atlantic Pavillion) 11 MAR 2001
IAAF World Junior Championships 5 2.18 Annecy (Park des Sports) 31 JUL 1998


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Updated 24 February 2008

Yaroslav RYBAKOV, Russia (High Jump)

Born: 22 November 1980, Mogilev (Belarus)

Height: 1.98m; Weight: 84kg

Lives: Moscow

Coach: Vladimir Rybakov
 

Yaroslav Rybakov was born into a sporting family. His father, Vladimir, was a high jumper (2.07) and was trained by Vladimir Djachkov, who reared the 1964 Olympic champion Valery Brumel.  Now Yaroslav trains under the direction of his father. His mother, Ljudmila Luschenkova, was a champion of former USSR republic, Belarus, in heptathlon.

In his childhood, therefore, Rybakov spent much time at training and competition with his parents. And, when he was 10 years old, his father started to train him.  Four years later their family moved to Yaroslavl, closer to Moscow, to better living conditions.

Talented at jumping, running and throwing, at 18 Rybakov demonstrated potential as a decathlete. His performances included: 100m, 10.6; 110m hurdles, 14.0; 400m indoors, 48.00; long jump, 7.50m; pole vault, 4.70m; shot put 15m. It is this basis that helps him to achieve top results in his specialty – high jumping. “The height casts a spell over me,” Rybakov says.

At 14 he jumped 1.80, at 15 1.95, at 16 2.09 (2.10i) and at 17 2.20. He was Russian champion in every age group. When he was 17, Rybakov participated in the 1998 World Junior Championships, in Annecy, France, placing fifth (2.18). Three years later, at the senior 2001 World Championships, in Edmonton, he gained the silver medal with a personal best 2.33. That year he moved from 40th on World List to third and was the only athlete that season to clear 2.30 or higher on 11 occasions.

In 2002 Rybakov became European champion (2.31), in Munich, and celebrated the glory at the World Cup in Madrid with the same height. But the next three years were all silver for him as he took second place at three World Championships (2003 and 2004 World Indoors, 2005 outdoor World Championships). Even in raising his personal best to 2.38 at the 2005 European Indoor Championships, he had to settle for runner-up place behind Sweden’s Stefan Holm (2.40).

Rybakov managed, however, to change the situation fundamentally in his favour during the winter of 2006. At the World Indoor Championships, in Moscow, he was urged on not by just his friends and relatives but also by a multitude of supporters. To the delight of his father, mother and sister Alesya, he rose to the occasion, clearing  2.37 for victory over Holm, denying the Swede a fourth successive World Indoor title and reversing the first and second places of the previous two World Indoor Championships. 

After that victory the family moved to Moscow and Rybakov started to train hard again, concentrating on preparing for the 2007 World Championships in Osaka. Unfortunately for him, he slipped back to second again, losing out to Donald Thomas, of Bahamas, after a thrilling competition in which the top three each recorded 2.35.

The medal was won despite several injuries and, in October 2007, Rybakov underwent knee surgery and it took him three weeks to recover. It was very painful even to walk. He started training only at the end of November and wasn’t sure if he could compete in the 2008 winter season. However, at the beginning of February, in the Russian Indoor Championships, he equalled his personal best of 2.38 and now he is dreaming of making 2.40.


Personal Bests

2.35 (2007)
2.38i (2005, 2008)


Yearly Progression

1996 - 1.95; 1997 - 2.10i/2.09; 1998 - 2.20; 1999 - 2.19i/2.18; 2000 - 2.28;
2001 - 2.33i/2.33; 2002 - 2.31i/2.31; 2003 - 2.34i/2.34; 2004 - 2.32i/2.32;
2005 - 2.38i/2.33; 2006 - 2.37i/2.33; 2007 - 2.38i/2.35; 2008 - 2.38i


Career Highlights

1997 1 Russian Indoor U18 Championships 2.10
 1 Russian U18 Championships 2.08
1998 5 World Junior Championships 2.18
1999 1 Russian U20 Championships 2.18
 3 European U20 Championships 2.16
2000 1 Russian U23 Championships 2.25
 3 Russian Championships 2.28
2001 2 Russian Indoor Championships 2.28
 1 European Cup 2.28
 2 Russian Championships 2.31
 2 World Championships 2.33


2002 3 European Indoor Championships 2.30
 2 European Cup 2.28
 1 Russian Championships 2.28
 1 European Championships 2.31
 2 World Athletics Final 2.28
 1 World Cup 2.31
2003 2 World Indoor Championships 2.33
 1 European Cup 2.34
 1 Russian Championships 2.28
2003 1 World Athletics Final 2.30
2004 1 Russian Indoor Championships 2.30
 2 World Indoor Championships 2.32
 1 Russian Championships 2.30
 6 Olympic Games 2.32
 2 World Athletics Final 2.30
2005 2 European Indoor Championships 2.38
 2 World Championships 2.29
 3 World Athletics Final 2.32
2006 1 World Indoor Championships 2.37
 3 World Athletics Final           2.29
2007 1 Russian Championships 2.30
 2 World Championships 2.35
 6 World Athletics Final 2.27
2008 1 Russian Indoor Championships 2.38

 

Prepared by Larisa Voloshina, Sergey Tikhonov & Marina Voloshina for the IAAF  ‘Focus on Athletes’ project. Copyright IAAF 2008

 

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