Tim Lobinger

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Tim Lobinger
Lobinger in 2007
Personal information
Nationality German
Born(1972-09-03)3 September 1972
Rheinbach, Germany
Died16 February 2023(2023-02-16) (aged 50)
Munich, Germany
Country Flag of Germany.svg Germany
Sport Athletics
Event(s) Pole vault
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • Pole vault: 6.00 m (1997)
Medal record
Men's Athletics
Representing Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
World Indoor Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2003 Birmingham Pole vault
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2006 Moscow Pole vault
European Championships
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 1998 Budapest Pole vault
Silver medal icon (S initial).svg 2006 Gothenburg Pole vault
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2002 Munich Pole vault
European Indoor Championships
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 1998 Valencia Pole vault
Gold medal icon (G initial).svg 2002 Vienna Pole vault
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 2005 Madrid Pole vault

Tim Lobinger (3 September 1972 – 16 February 2023) was a German pole vaulter.



Lobinger's discipline was pole vault and he was an elite competitor from the 1990s. His best results came in 1997 and 1999 when he jumped over 6.00 meters. [1] [2] His best medals were silver at the 1998 European Athletics Championships and the 2006 European Athletics Championships. He won bronze at the 2002 European Championships in Athletics and the 2006 IAAF World Indoor Championships.

Success eluded him at the Olympics however. In Atlanta in 1996 he placed seventh. In Sydney in 2000 he achieved 13th, and in Athens in 2004, eleventh. At the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki he jumped over only 5.50 meters, well under his abilities.

Lobinger completed a decathlon in 1999 and cleared 5.76 m in the pole vault – a decathlon best for the ten-event contest. [3]

Personal life and death

Lobinger was married to triple jumper Petra Lobinger (née Laux) from 1994 to 2003. He was the father of two children with her, Fee (born 1995) and Tyger (born 1999), the latter of which plays as a professional footballer. [4] He had another son, born in 2016, with Alina Lobinger (née Baumann) from whom he separated in 2017.

Lobinger died from cancer on 16 February 2023, at the age of 50. [5]


Representing Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 20th (q) 4.70 m
Representing Flag of Germany.svg  Germany
1993 Universiade Buffalo, United States 10th 5.30 m
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 32nd (q) 5.35 m
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France NM
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 21st (q) 5.40 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 18th (q) 5.50 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th 5.40 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 6th 5.65 m
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 7th 5.80 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 5th 5.75 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 4th 5.80 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 1st 5.80 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 5.81 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 6th 5.70 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 8th NM
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 13th 5.50 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 1st 5.75 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd 5.80 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 1st 5.80 m
World Championships Paris, France 5th 5.80 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 5th 5.70 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 11th 5.55 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 3rd 5.80 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 5th 5.50 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 5.60 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 2nd 5.65 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th 5.51 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 8th 5.81 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 5th 5.70 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 16th (q) 5.55 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th 5.41 m

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Men's Pole vault Best Year Performance
alongside Jeff Hartwig (USA)

Succeeded by