Vitalij Afans'evic Petrov
January 14, 1938 (age 86) (
Staline, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union
Vitaly Opanasovich Petrov (Ukrainian: Віталій Опанасович Петров, Russian: Виталий Афанасьевич Петров, born 14 January 1938 in Donetsk) is a Ukrainian athletics coach, mainly specialized in pole vault. He was coach of great pole vaulters, like Sergey Bubka, Yelena Isinbayeva and Giuseppe Gibilisco, all three brought to win the world title, with the first two also achieved the Olympic title and world record.
Vitaly Petrov was the first coach of the Ukrainian Sergey Bubka, which he took in technique foster care in 1974, when Bubka was just eleven years old. The relationship was broken in June 16, 1990 after 16 years of collaboration. He has also coached the Italian Giuseppe Gibilisco (2003-2007 and 2011) and the Russian Yelena Isinbayeva (2005-2010). He was main coach of the Pole vault Centre in Formia, Italy.
In 2007 he received the award from International Association of Athletics Federations the IAAF Coaches Award for his achievements with Isinbayeva. In 2010 he started to coached in Italy the Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer, she became the fourth pole vaulter brought to World Championships to Vitaly Petrov.
Petrov's innovation in the pole vault was the swing of the vaulter's legs later into the vault, thus retaining more of the energy and depending less on the recoil effect of the bent pole.