Timothy William Bright (born July 28, 1960) is a retired American decathlete and pole vaulter.

Born in Taft, California, Bright represented the US in the decathlon at the 1984 and 1988 Olympics and the 1987 World Championships, and in the pole vault at the 1985 World University Games, the 1985 World Cup, the 1991 World Championships and the 1992 Olympics. He won the American national championships in decathlon in 1987. His personal best score was 8340 points, achieved in June 1987 in San Jose. At one point he held the Decathlon World Record for the Pole Vault, set during the 1988 Olympics.[1]

He also became American champion in pole vault in 1991 and 1992.[2] His personal best jump was 5.87 metres, achieved in July 1990 in Nice.

Coaching career

Former assistant coach for Concordia University (Oregon) and assistant coach at Lewis & Clark College in men's pole vault. Tim is now the pole vault coach at Oregon State University.[3]


Year Tournament Venue Result Event
1984 Summer Olympics Los Angeles, California 12th Decathlon
1985 World Cup Canberra, Australia 3rd Pole vault
1987 World Championships Rome, Italy DNF Decathlon
1988 Summer Olympics Seoul, South Korea 7th Decathlon
1989 World Cup Barcelona, Spain 2nd Pole vault
1990 Goodwill Games Seattle, United States 3rd Pole vault
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 6th Pole vault
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 12th Pole vault