Vala Flosadóttir

Vala Flosadóttir (born 16 February 1978 in Reykjavík) is an Icelandic former athlete competing in the pole vault.


She saw her heyday in the late nineties, when she set five world junior records and two world indoor records. She won various competitions, the greatest performance being the bronze at the 2000 Olympics with 4.50 metres, her lifetime best. She is the only woman from Iceland to win an Olympic medal.


Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing  Iceland
1995 Games of the Small States of Europe Luxembourg City, Luxembourg 2nd High jump 1.80 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 1st Pole vault 4.16 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th Pole vault 4.00 m
European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 2nd Pole vault 4.00 m
1998 European Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 3rd Pole vault 4.40 m
Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 3rd Pole vault 4.20 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th Pole vault 4.15 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 2nd Pole vault 4.45 m (iNR)
European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st Pole vault 4.30 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 12th Pole vault 4.25 m
2000 European Indoor Championships Ghent, Belgium 4th Pole vault 4.30 m
Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 3rd Pole vault 4.50 m (NR)
2001 World Championships Edmonton, Canada 23rd (q) Pole vault 4.15 m
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 9th (q) Pole vault 4.30 m
European Championships Munich, Germany 22nd (q) Pole vault 4.00 m

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