Derek Miles
Personal information
Born (1972-09-28) September 28, 1972 (age 51)
Height1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight88 kg (194 lb)
Country United States
EventPole Vault
Medal record
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 2008 Beijing Pole vault
Updated on 17 April 2017.

Derek Miles (born September 28, 1972) is an American pole vaulter, from Tea, South Dakota. A former pole vaulter for the University of South Dakota Track and Field team, Miles is currently an assistant coach for the Coyotes. In 2004, he placed seventh in the Summer Olympic Games in Athens, Greece.[1] Miles was originally at fourth place in the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, China, but Ukrainian Denys Yurchenko who originally finished third, was disqualified in November 2016 due to use of dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[2] On 17 April 2017, Derek Miles received the Olympic bronze medal.[3]

His personal best vault is 5.85 metres, achieved in September 2008 in Berlin. The vault, completed next to the Brandenburg Gate, was part of a promotional competition for the 2009 World Championships in Athletics.[4] Miles trains with Earl Bell in Jonesboro, Arkansas, at Bell Athletics. He is represented by Karen Locke.

He attended Bella Vista High School in Fair Oaks, California.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 5th
World Championships Paris, France 6th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 7th
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 3rd
2005 World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 5th
2008 U.S. Olympic Trials Eugene, Oregon 1st
Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd (Bronze)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 1st
2010 Continental Cup Split, Croatia 3rd
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 13th 5.65 m


  1. ^ "Archived copy" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2010-06-14. Retrieved 2010-05-14.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping tests at Beijing 2008". 14 July 2021.
  3. ^ "Derek Miles receives Olympic bronze medal".
  4. ^ Larry Eder and Jörg Wenig (2009-09-08). Miles clears 5.85m in front of Brandenburg Gate - Berlin 2009 Archived 2012-02-25 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-14.