Sergey Bubka dominated pole vault for over a decade — in the European Championships (Outdoor and Indoor), the World Championships and World Indoor, won the Olympic gold medal in Seoul in 1988 and broke the world record 35 times. He represented the Soviet Union, until its dissolution in 1991, and then Ukraine. Now 54, he is a member of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), a Senior Vice-President of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and President of the National Olympic Committee of Ukraine.

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