Patrick Abada

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Patrick Abada (born 20 March 1954 in Paris) is a retired French pole vaulter and Olympian, having competed in the 1976 Summer Olympics. His best vault was one of 5.70 m, made on 26 August 1983, in Brussels. As of August 2001, that mark was the 126th best pole vault of all time.[1] He represented France in pole vaulting 25 times between 1973 and 1985.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1976 Olympic Games Montreal, Canada 4th 5.45 m
1979 Universiade Mexico City, Mexico 3rd 5.55 m
1979 World Cup Montreal, Canada 2nd 5.45 m
1980 European Indoor Championships Sindelfingen, West Germany 3rd 5.55 m
1983 European Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd 5.55 m
Mediterranean Games Casablanca, Morocco 1st 5.55 m
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 6th 5.55 m

Physical characteristics

  • Height: 189 cm (6 ft 2 in)
  • Weight: 80 kg (176 lb; 12 st 8 lb)

Current work

He is currently president of the athletics section of the Racing Club de France .[2]


  • For several months he had a relationship with Claude Chirac, the youngest daughter of the former French president Jacques Chirac.
  • In a TV show called “The Superstars: The Superstars” filmed on 2 August 1980, he competed for the Ferguson Trophy. It was filmed in the Wingate Sports Institute, Netanya, Israel, and the competitors were: Brian Jacks, Judo champion and winner of that year's UK Superstars; Ties Kruize, 1977 and joint 1978 European Superstars champion, from the Netherlands; Kjell Isaksson, Swedish pole vaulter, and winner of the first two European series; Moshe Ganzi, Israeli water-ski champion; Tony Ward, Rugby Union's player of the year, from Ireland; Joop Zoetemelk, Dutch champion cyclist; and Kork Ballington, 250 and 350cc motor cycling world champion.


  1. ^ World men's all-time best pole vault
  2. ^ Racing Club de France

External links

  • Patrick Abada profile at IAAF
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Mike Tully
Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
alongside France Philippe Houvion

Succeeded by
Poland Władysław Kozakiewicz

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