Okkert Brits

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Okkert Brits
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing  South Africa
World Championships
Silver medal – second place 2003 Paris Pole vault
World Indoor Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Barcelona Pole vault
Commonwealth Games
Gold medal – first place 2002 Manchester Pole vault
All-Africa Games
Gold medal – first place 1995 Harare Pole vault
Gold medal – first place 1999 Johannesburg Pole vault
African Championships
Gold medal – first place 1992 Belle-Vue Pole Vault
Gold medal – first place 1993 Durban Pole Vault
Gold medal – first place 1998 Dakar Pole Vault
Gold medal – first place 2006 Bambous Pole Vault

Okkert Brits (born 22 August 1973 in Uitenhage) is a former South African athlete who specialized in the pole vault.


His personal best of 6.03m, set in 1995, is also the African record. He won numerous medals at international events. He competed in the 1996, 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games finishing 7th in 2000. Married to Jane Gillespie in 2003 and father of Sarah Jane Brits, born in 2005 and David Okkert Brits born in 2006. In 2009, Okkert Brits took part in the 3rd season of Survivor: South Africa.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  South Africa
1992 African Championships Belle Vue Mauricia, Mauritius 1st 5.35 m
World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 3rd 5.40 m
1993 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 5.40 m
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th (q) 5.65 m
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada NM
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 5.75 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 5.80 m
All-Africa Games Harare, Zimbabwe 1st 5.50 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States NM
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 6th 5.65 m
World Championships Athens, Greece NM
1998 African Championships Dakar, Senegal 1st 5.40 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 10th 5.50 m
All-Africa Games Johannesburg, South Africa 1st 5.40 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 7th 5.80 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 7th 5.60 m
2002 Commonwealth Games Manchester, United Kingdom 1st 5.75 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom NM
World Championships Paris, France 2nd 5.85 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th (q) 5.70 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 19th (q) 5.60 m
2006 African Championships Bambous, Mauritius 1st 5.20 m

Doping controversy

In January 2003, Brits tested positive for a banned substance ephedrine, which he claimed must have been in the energy supplement he took. For it being his first offense and ephedrine only being a stimulant, he was only given a public warning.[1][2]

See also

World number 1 Pole vaulter 2003


  1. "Okkert: Innocent or just ignorant?". iol.co.za. 15 February 2003. Retrieved 28 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "The bitter taste of victory". iol.co.za. 26 June 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Ukraine Sergey Bubka
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Ukraine Sergey Bubka

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