Bubka Elected Ukraine's Olympic Chief

KIEV, Ukraine -- Former Olympic pole vault champion Serhei Bubka was elected president of Ukraine's national Olympic committee Thursday.

Bubka defeated Viktor Yanukovych, Ukraine's former prime minister and loser of last year's presidential election. Bubka received 80 out of a possible 110 votes.


Olympic Pole Vault Champion Serhei Bubka

Bubka, 41, won the pole vault gold medal at the 1988 Seoul Olympics and was a six-time world champion. He set world records - outdoors or indoors - 35 times.

Bubka is also a Ukrainian politician and sits on the executive board of the International Olympic Committee. He is chairman of the IOC's athletes commission.

The Ukrainian committee also voted Thursday to accept Yanukovych's resignation, allowing him to remain an acting member

Yanukovych, who lost last year's presidential race to opposition leader Viktor Yushchenko, is under investigation for the use of budget funds to reward Ukraine's Olympic winners last year.

Source: SLAM! Sports

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