Dmitry Starodubtsev

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Dmitry Starodubtsev
Personal information
Born (1986-01-03) January 3, 1986 (age 33)
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 79 kg (174 lb)
Country  Russia
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole Vault
Updated on 11 August 2012.

Dmitry Andreevich Starodubtsev (Russian: Дмитрий Андреевич Стародубцев); born 3 January 1986 in Chelyabinsk) is a Russian pole vaulter. He has a personal best of 5.90 m and was a finalist at the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. He has won medals at world youth and junior levels and was third at the Summer Universiade in 2007.

Prior to his senior debut, Starodubtsev had much success at competitions in the younger age categories. At the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics he cleared a personal best of 5.10 m to take the silver medal behind Argentina's German Chiaraviglio.[1] He then went on to claim consecutive gold medals at the 2004 World Junior Championships in Athletics and the 2005 European Athletics Junior Championships.[2]

He won his first national title indoors with a personal best of 5.65 m at the beginning of 2006 and went on to make his senior debut for Russia at the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Moscow, where he was eliminated in the qualifying round. Later that year he competed outdoors, finishing tenth in the qualifiers at the 2006 European Athletics Championships then ninth at the 2006 IAAF World Cup. He equalled his personal best to make the final at the 2007 European Athletics Indoor Championships, but managed only 5.41 m in the last round to finish sixth overall. While studying at university, he won his first student-level medal at the 2007 Summer Universiade, taking the bronze at the event in Bangkok.[3] In August that year he set a new best outdoors with a clearance of 5.70 m in Tula.[2]

In 2008 he cleared 5.70 m indoors then improved to 5.75 m outdoors at a meeting in Kazan. This was enough to make the Russian Olympic team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics and he reached his first major senior final, finishing in fifth place with a vault of 5.70 m.[4] He cleared 5.70 m both indoors and outdoors in 2009, but his sole international competition was the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships where he failed to reach the final.[2] In 2010 he was sixth at the World Indoor Championships but did not record a valid mark in the final at the European Championships.[2]

Starodubtsev won another Russian indoor title in 2011, but was knocked out in the preliminaries of the European Indoor Championships. He was the runner-up at the Russian outdoor championships with a vault of 5.72 m and gained selection for the 2011 World Championships in Athletics. In his second senior global final, he finished in twelfth place. At the end of 2011 he showed the results of his improved physical conditioning with two clearances of 5.90 m in Chelyabinsk – a mark which raised him into the top twenty pole vaulters of all time.[4]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd 5.10 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 1st 5.50 m
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 5.50 m
Universiade Izmir, Turkey 7th 5.50 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 13th (q) 5.55 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 21st 5.45 m
World Cup Athens, Greece 9th 5.20 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 6th 5.41 m
European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 4th 5.60 m
Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 3rd 5.50 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 5th 5.70 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 11th (q) 5.55 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 6th 5.45 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain NM
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 11th (q) 5.55 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 12th 5.65 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 9th 5.50 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 5.75 m


  1. Men Pole Vault Final. IAAF (2003-07-12). Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Starodubtsev Dmitry. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-01-02.
  3. Robinson, Javier Clavelo (2007-08-13). "Chumakova takes gold No. 5 for Russia in Bangkok - World University Games day 4". Retrieved 2012-01-02.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-01-02). Starodubtsev scales 5.90m in Chelyabinsk. IAAF. Retrieved on 2012-01-02.

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