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Vladimir Yashchenko

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Vladimir Yashchenko
Personal information
Full nameVladimir Ilyich Yashchenko
Born12 January 1959
Zaporizhzhia, Ukrainian SSR, USSR
Died30 November 1999(1999-11-30) (aged 40)
Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine
Height1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)
SportTrack and field
EventHigh jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)2.34 m
2.35 m (indoors)
Medal record
Representing the  Soviet Union
European Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Prague High jump
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal – first place 1978 Milan High jump
Gold medal – first place 1979 Vienna High jump
European Junior Championships
Gold medal – first place 1977 Donetsk High jump

Vladimir Ilyich Yashchenko (Russian: Владимир Ильич Ященко) or Volodymyr Yashchenko (Ukrainian: Володимир Ященко) (12 January 1959 – 30 November 1999) was a Ukrainian member of the Soviet national team and former world record holder in the high jump (233 cm, 234 cm and 235 cm).

He first broke the record at age 18 with a jump of 2.33 m, at the USA-USSR junior dual meet in Richmond, Virginia, 1977.[1][2] He won the 1978 European Championships high jump competition with a jump of 230 cm.[1] On 12 March 1978 he achieved the highest mark using the straddle technique.

In 1979 he suffered a severe knee injury and his career was effectively over at the age of 20.[3] Yashchenko died from cirrhosis at the age of 40.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Reineri, Giorgio (1999-12-01) Yashchenko, the last King of the Straddle. IAAF. Retrieved on 2019-10-11.
  2. ^ Clark, Marsh (1977-07-25) Just An Old-fashioned Lad. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
  3. ^ Downes, Steven (1999-12-08) Obituary: Vladimir Yashchenko. The Independent. Retrieved 2019-10-11.
Preceded by Men's High Jump World Record Holder
2 June 1977 – 25 May 1980
Succeeded by
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Dwight Stones
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by