Igor Paklin

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Igor Vasilyevich Paklin (Russian : Игорь Васильевич Паклин; born 15 June 1963 in Frunze, Kirghiz SSR) is a retired Kyrgyz athlete who represented USSR and later Kyrgyzstan. He trained at Armed Forces sports society in Frunze.


Competing in the high jump, he won the 1987 World Indoor Championships as well as a silver medal at the 1987 World Championships for the USSR. His personal best jump of 2.41 metres (7.9 feet) was also the world record from 4 September 1985 to 30 June 1987, when Patrik Sjöberg beat it by one centimetre. [1] His leap of 2.41 m (7 ft 11 in) places him as the fifth-highest jumper in history. Like all modern high jumpers, Paklin used the Fosbury Flop style, and he was the first to do so jumping off his right leg.

In 1996, Paklin was imprisoned for beating a business partner to death. [2]

International competitions

Representing Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union
1981 European Junior Championships Utrecht, Netherlands 4th2.19 m
1983 Universiade Edmonton, Canada 1st2.31 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th2.29 m
1984 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th2.20 m
1985 Universiade Kobe, Japan 1st2.41 m
1986 European Championships Stuttgart, West Germany 1st2.34 m
1987 World Indoor Championships Indianapolis, United States 1st2.38 m
Universiade Zagreb, Yugoslavia 9th2.24 m
World Championships Rome, Italy 2nd2.38 m
1988 Olympic Games Seoul, South Korea 7th2.31 m
1989 Universiade Duisburg, West Germany 6th2.20 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 10th2.24 m
Representing Olympic flag.svg   Unified Team
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 22nd (q)2.20 m
Representing Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg  Kyrgyzstan
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada DNS
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 30th (q)2.15 m
1994 Asian Games Hiroshima, Japan 6th2.15 m
1999 Central Asian Games Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan 2nd2.19 m
(q) Indicates overall position in qualifying round

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  1. "Athletics - World Record progression". International Olympic Committee . Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  2. Wallechinsky, David; Loucky, Jaime (2012). The Complete Book of the Olympics 2012 Edition. London: Aurum Press. p. 216. ISBN   978-1-84513-695-6.
Preceded by
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg Rudolf Povarnitsyn
Men's High Jump World Record Holder
1985-09-04 1987-06-30
Succeeded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sjöberg
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Flag of the People's Republic of China.svg Zhu Jianhua
Men's High Jump Best Year Performance
1985 1986
Succeeded by
Flag of Sweden.svg Patrik Sjöberg