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Paul Burgess (born 14 August 1979 in Perth, Western Australia) is an Australian pole vaulter who become only the thirteenth pole vaulter in the world to reach 6 metres.

Burgess was originally a gymnast, winning a silver medal at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships as a thirteen year old. Having grown too tall to continue with gymnastics, testing at the Western Australian Institute of Sport suggested that Burgess was suited to pole vault. By 1996, Burgess had won the gold medal at the 1996 Sydney World Junior Championships, clearing a then-personal best of 5.35 metres. Later that year Burgess set the under 18 Australian record of 5.51 metres. In 1998, Burgess finished second at the 1998 Commonwealth Games, third at the World Junior Championships and seventh at the World Cup.

Burgess finished second at the East Asian Games in 2001, clearing 5.50 metres. In 2002, Burgess finished fifth at the World Cup, clearing 5.20 metres.

At his second Olympics, in 2004, Burgess finished eleventh at 5.55 metres, although he had cleared 5.70 metres in the qualifying rounds.

It was, however, in 2005 that Burgess's form improved dramatically, clearing 5.91 metres, 5.95 metres and then 6.00 metres in domestic competition. These were, at the time, the three highest vaults on Australian soil.

Burgess recently ended the 2006 European season as the number two ranked pole vaulter (behind training partner Steven Hooker), having won the World Athletics Final on 10 September 2006. Burgess won US$30,000 in the process.

He was named Western Australian Sports Star of the Year in January 2006.[1]

References

  1. ^ "Burgess best in the West". The West Australian. 10 January 2007. http://www.thewest.com.au/default.aspx?MenuID=77&ContentID=18284. Retrieved 2007-03-11.  
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Timothy Mack
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
2005
Succeeded by
United States Brad Walker
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