|birthday||October 16, 1977|
|place of birth||Cheeky|
|Best performance||6.01 m|
|last change: August 12, 2013|
Björn Otto (born October 16, 1977 in Frechen ) is a former German pole vaulter . He last started for ASV Köln and was trained by Michael Kühnke . His greatest successes are the silver medals at the 2012 Olympic Games and the 2012 European Championships . He holds the German outdoor record with 6.01 m.
Björn Otto completed a degree in biology . From 2013 to 2015 he completed his training as a commercial pilot. In September 2016 he ended his sporting career at the age of 38 and started working as a pilot at Sunexpress Germany in January 2017 .
In 1992 Otto began his career at TSV Bayer Dormagen at the age of 15 . Since taking second place at the German Indoor Championships in 2000 , he was represented at the top of the German pole vaults. He reached several front ranks at German championships . His best placement was winning the 2007 German Indoor Championships in Leipzig . The first international successes were the victories at the European Indoor Cup 2004 and the Universiade 2005 in Izmir (Turkey).
Otto celebrated the greatest success to date at the 2007 World Championships in Osaka (Japan). There he finished fifth with a jump of 5.81 m. In 2012 he won silver at the indoor world championships in Istanbul and at the European championships in Helsinki , where he set a new personal best of 5.92 m. At the Olympic Games in London he won the silver medal with a skipped 5.91 m in the first attempt. His rival Renaud Lavillenie then failed at this height, but jumped 5.97 m in his last remaining attempt.
In September 2012 Otto jumped at the pole vault meeting in Aachen with a 6.01 m German outdoor record. It exceeded the record set by Tim Lobinger in 1997 by one centimeter. On January 1st, 2013 Otto moved from TSV Bayer Dormagen to ASV Köln . At the 2013 World Championships in Moscow , he won the bronze medal behind Raphael Holzdeppe and Renaud Lavillenie . In 2015 Otto had to cancel the second season in a row due to Achilles tendon complaints. He ended his career at the Aachen Cathedral Jump on September 7, 2016.
Otto is 1.91 m tall and had a competition weight of 90 kg.
- outdoors: 6.01 m (September 5, 2012 in Aachen)
- in the hall: 5.92 m (February 18, 2012 in Potsdam)
- 2012: Silver bay leaf
- 2012: Felix as Sportsman of the Year in North Rhine-Westphalia
- 2013: Rudolf Harbig Memorial Prize
- On November 24, 2012, he won with Raphael Holzdeppe as a partner in TV total high diving the synchronized diving .
- Otto won the second season of the competition show Eternal Heroes, which was broadcast from February 14 to April 4, 2017 .
- In 2017 he took part in the celebrity special of the German version of Ninja Warrior .
- In June 2018 he started victoriously at Ninja Warrior with the celebrity team Sporthelden . In November, Otto tried his hand at the third season of Ninja Warrior Germany and the RTL Ninja Warrior Germany celebrity special for the RTL donation marathon and made it into the second round.
- Homepage Björn Otto
- Portrait at Leichtathletik.de
- Björn Otto in the Sports-Reference database (English; archived from the original )
- Björn Otto in the database of World Athletics (English)
- Volker Koch: Björn Otto says goodbye with a jump over 5.10 NGZ.online, September 9, 2016, accessed on December 12, 2016.
- Björn Otto will be a pilot at Ferienflieger RP.online from January 9, 2016, accessed on December 12, 2016.
- Stefan Klüttermann: Pole vaulter flies tourists , RP.online, December 11, 2016, accessed on December 12, 2016.
- Otto over six meters. In: FAZ.net. Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung GmbH, September 6, 2012, accessed on July 7, 2013 .
- Pole vault ace Björn Otto moves to Cologne. In: koeln.de. December 3, 2012, accessed December 13, 2012 .
- Pamela Ruprecht: The great discipline check 2015 - pole vault men , review, on: Leichtathletik.de, from November 19, 2015, accessed June 20, 2016
- Tobias Scherbarth wins at Björn-Otto-Abschied Leichtathletik.de, September 7, 2016.
- Episode 21 , on: fernsehserien.de, accessed October 29, 2018
|BRIEF DESCRIPTION||German pole vaulter|
|DATE OF BIRTH||October 16, 1977|
|PLACE OF BIRTH||Cheeky|