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February 19, 1986 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
American pole vaulter Billy Olson has set the world indoor record four times this winter, but he has not impressed Sergei Bubka, his Soviet rival. "He's never won a major competition, an Olympic Games or a world championship," Bubka said through an interpreter Tuesday during a press conference at the Airport Park Hotel. "He hasn't even made the Olympic national team. "If he was in a major competition, he wouldn't know which way to go on the runway."
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February 5, 2001 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Before a roaring crowd and with praise from his president, Sergei Bubka retired Sunday after one of the greatest careers in track and field history. The 37-year-old pole vault king was honored at a ceremony at the Pole Vault Stars, the competition in Donetsk, Ukraine, he founded. Bubka set world records 35 times. He won six consecutive world championships and an Olympic gold medal.
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February 20, 1986 | RANDY HARVEY, Times Staff Writer
Vitaly Petrov, who has become the most prominent pole vaulting coach in the Soviet Union, remembers well his first meeting with Vasily Bubka. "When he came to the school and said he wanted to become a pole vaulter, I told him to stay out of track and field," Petrov said of that morning in 1975 when Bubka applied to the sports institute in Voroshilovgrad, a city on the southeastern border of the Ukraine.
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August 1, 1994 | From Associated Press
Sergei Bubka, taking advantage of wind gusts that foiled other athletes Sunday, set a world pole vault record for the 35th time. Competing at Europe's highest venue, the 1.264-mile high Alpine resort of Sestriere, Bubka leaped 20 feet 1 3/4 inches, adding a half-inch to the mark he set in Tokyo in 1992. "The wind was good, blowing in the proper direction," Bubka said. "The track was perfect and altitude possibly helped."
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August 30, 1991 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Even though Greg Foster was ranked No. 1 in the world in the high hurdles, there was a question during track and field's first World Championships at Helsinki, Finland, eight years ago whether the 25-year-old veteran had the character to win a major title. There was only one question about 19-year-old Soviet pole vaulter Sergei Bubka: Who was he?
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November 26, 1991 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder in the pole vault, has signed a contract to compete at the Sunkist Invitational indoor track meet, Feb. 15 at the Sports Arena.
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February 20, 1993
When smoking advertisements were banned from the airwaves, I thought I had finally heard the last of the "silly millimeter longer." Then along comes Sergei Bubka. MICHAEL HANNIN, Woodland Hills
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December 20, 1990 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka, the world record-holder in the pole vault, and his brother, Vasily, have been allowed by the Soviet federation to join a German club. They will continue to represent the Soviet Union in major events.
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February 22, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka raised his world pole vault record to 20 feet 1 1/2 inches in Berlin at an indoor meet. The 28-year-old Ukrainian, the gold-medal winner at the Seoul Olympics, went over the bar on his second attempt at 20-1 1/2, half an inch higher than the record he set last year.
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September 11, 1993 | From Associated Press
Pole vaulter Sergei Bubka and hurdler Sandra Farmer-Patrick won IAAF Grand Prix overall titles at a track meet in London on Friday night, each winning a record $130,000 in prize money. Bubka, the world champion and world record-holder from Ukraine, cleared 19 feet, 10 1/4 inches to win the pole vault and edge javelin thrower Jan Zelezny of the Czech Republic, who won his event with a throw of 289-7, for the men's top prize.
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May 30, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY, TIMES SPORTS WRITER
Literally and figuratively, Sergei Bubka took care of business Saturday. The pole vaulter extraordinaire, who 34 times has set a world record, came to the Bruce Jenner Classic for his first U.S. outdoor appearance, vaulted higher than anyone ever has outdoors in this country, packed up his poles and waved goodby. Those among the crowd of 12,404 who were at San Jose City College until the bittersweet end did not know whether to respond with cheers or jeers.
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May 29, 1993 | RANDY HARVEY
Expectations are high--20 feet high--for Ukranian pole vaulter Sergei Bubka as he competes today for the first time outdoors in the United States. No one has cleared 20 feet in the United States. Indeed, no one but Bubka has cleared 20 feet anywhere. He has done it 10 times. His best vaults are 20-2 indoors and 20-1 1/4 outdoors.
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February 22, 1993 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka broke his world indoor record in the pole vault Sunday, clearing 20 feet 2 inches during a meet in his hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine, the ITAR-Tass news agency reported. It was the 34th time that Bubka had set a pole vault record, indoors or outdoors, and the second time this year. It was the 19th time Bubka had set the indoor record, the most recent being on Feb. 13, when he cleared 20-1 3/4 in Lievin, France.
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February 20, 1993
When smoking advertisements were banned from the airwaves, I thought I had finally heard the last of the "silly millimeter longer." Then along comes Sergei Bubka. MICHAEL HANNIN, Woodland Hills
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February 14, 1993 | From Associated Press
Sergei Bubka of Ukraine and Merlene Ottey of Jamaica broke world records within 30 minutes of each other Saturday at an international indoor track and field meet. Bubka, the indoor and outdoor world record-holder in the pole vault, soared 20 feet 1 3/4 inches, bettering the mark of 20-1 1/4 he set Feb. 21, 1992, at Berlin. Ottey broke her world record in the women's 200 meters with a time of 21.87 seconds. It was the 33rd time Bubka broke the world record, the 17th time indoors.
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August 31, 1992 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Sergei Bubka, who missed all of his attempts at the Olympics, set his 31st world record in the pole vault at the Industry Trophy track and field meet Sunday at Padua, Italy. The Ukrainian's vault of 20 feet 1 inch improved by a half-inch his outdoor world mark set in Dijon, France, on June 13. Bubka, an Olympic champion in Seoul and world champion in Tokyo last year, cleared the record height on his first vault after missing once at 19-2 1/2.
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