Balian Buschbaum (born 14 July 1980 in Ulm, née Yvonne Buschbaum) is a German pole vaulter.

Buschbaum's personal best is 4.70 metres, achieved in June 2003 in Ulm. This ranks Buschbaum second among German pole vaulters, only behind Annika Becker. On November 21, 2007 Buschbaum announced his retirement from the sport due to a persistent injury and the desire to begin gender reassignment.[1] In January 2008, Buschbaum announced that his new first name was "Balian", after the blacksmith in the movie Kingdom of Heaven, and will begin gender reassignment surgery later that year.[2]


Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 4th
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 3rd
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 14th
European Junior Championships Riga, Latvia 1st
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 6th
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 6th
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 7th
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 2nd
European Championships Munich, Germany 3rd
2003 World Championships Paris, France 6th

References Edit

  1. German pole-vaulter Yvonne Buschbaum retires, plans hormone treatment”, International Herald Tribune (The Associated Press), November 21, 2007, <>. Retrieved on 22 November 2007 
  2. Yvonne wird Balian - Buschbaum nimmt Abschied

External linksEdit

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