Igor Paklin

Igor Paklin (Russian: Игорь Паклин; born June 15, 1963 in Frunze, Kirghiz SSR) is a retired 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 was also the world record from September 4, 1985 to June 30, 1987, when Patrik Sjöberg beat it by one centimetre. His leap of 2.41m (7 feet 11 inches) places him as the fourth highest jumper in history. Like all modern high jumpers, Paklin used the Fosbury Flop style, but of the eleven men in history to have cleared 2.40 meters (7ft 10 1/2in) or better, he was the first to do so jumping off his right leg. German jumper Carlo Thränhardt - in February 1988 - and Russian Vyacheslav Voronin - in August 2000 - are the only other jumpers in history to clear 2.40 using a right foot take-off. (See: Table listing "Top Performers" in entry for High Jump)

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

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