On July 13, 1985, pole vaulter Sergii Bubka made history in Paris by becoming the first athlete to clear the six-metre mark. At just 21-years-old, the Ukrainian already held the world record at 5.94m and was a world champion. Despite his established reputation, he was initially hesitant to compete in the French event.

Once in Paris, Bubka quickly showed his prowess. He started the competition by clearing 5.70m with ease. Then, he made history by vaulting over six metres, setting a new standard in pole vaulting and becoming the first athlete to reach such heights.

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