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Vitaly Petrov (coach)

Vitaly Petrov (coach)

Ukrainian athletics coach
Vitaly Petrov (coach)
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Intro Ukrainian athletics coach
Is Sports coach Track and field coach Athlete
From Ukraine
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 1 January 1938, Donetsk, Donetsk Oblast
Age 82 years
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Vitaly Opanasovich Petrov (Ukrainian: Віталій Опанасович Петров, Russian: Виталий Афанасьевич Петров, born 14 January 1938 in Donetsk) is a Ukrainian athletics coach, mainly specialized in pole vault. He was coach of great pole vaulters, like Sergey Bubka, Yelena Isinbayeva and Giuseppe Gibilisco, all three brought to win the world title, with the first two also achieved the Olympic title and world record.


The Brazilian Fabiana Murer, the last World Champion under Petrov guide.

Vitaly Petrov was the first coach of the Ukrainian Sergey Bubka, which he took in technique foster care in 1974, when Bubka was just eleven years old. The relationship was broken in June 16, 1990 after 16 years of collaboration. He has also coached the Italian Giuseppe Gibilisco (2003-2007 and 2011) and the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva (2005-2010). He was main coach of the Pole vault Centre in Formia, Italy.

In 2007 he received the award from International Association of Athletics Federations the IAAF Coaches Award for his achievements with Isinbayeva. In 2010 he started to coached in Italy the Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, she became the fourth pole vaulter brought to World Championships to Vitaly Petrov.


Petrov's innovation in the pole vault was the swing of the vaulter's legs later into the vault, thus retaining more of the energy and depending less on the recoil effect of the bent pole.


Athlete Year Competition Venue Event Result Measure Notes
Soviet Union Sergey Bubka 1983 World Championships Finland Helsinki Pole vault 1st 5.70 m
1987 World Championships Italy Rome Pole vault 1st 5.85 m Sport records icon CR.svg
1988 Olympic Games South Korea Seoul Pole vault 1st 5.90 m Sport records icon CR.svg
Italy Giuseppe Gibilisco 2003 World Championships France Paris Pole vault 1st 5.90 m Sport records icon NR.svg
2004 Olympic Games Greece Athens Pole vault 3rd 5.85 m Sport records icon SB.svg
Russia Yelena Isinbayeva 2005 World Championships Finland Helsinki Pole vault 1st 5.01 m Sport records icon WR.svg
2007 World Championships Japan Osaka Pole vault 1st 4.80 m
2008 Olympic Games China Beijing Pole vault 1st 5.05 m Sport records icon WR.svg
Brazil Fabiana Murer 2011 World Championships South Korea Daegu Pole vault 1st 4.80 m
Brazil Thiago Braz 2016 Olympic Games Brazil Rio de Janeiro Pole vault 1st 6.03 m Sport records icon OR.svg
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