Raúl Spank is a German athlete who specialised in the high jump.
At the 2005 World Youth Athletics Championships in Marrakesh, he made his international debut. With a personal best leap of 2.11 meters, he came in seventh place in the final.
He advanced to the junior level the following year and competed at the 2006 World Junior Championships.
Raúl placed fifth after completing the Beijing competition with another personal best of 2.23 m. His indoor record was raised to 2.26 meters in February 2008, and he later improved outdoors in his first Olympic Games.
He competed for Germany in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, where he placed fifth with a personal best of 2.32 meters, barely two centimeters short of a medal.
Spank represented Germany in a continental competition for the first time in 2009 at the European Athletics Indoor Championships after winning the national indoor championships.
Despite having run 2.30 meters, which was his new indoor best, in the qualifying rounds, he only achieved 2.25 meters in the competition's final, finishing in eighth place.
He competed in the first European Team Championships in Leiria, Portugal in June, but his poor leap of 2.15 m caused him to place ninth.
He equaled his personal best jump of 2.32 meters to win the bronze medal at the World Championships in Berlin.
Shortly after, he improved upon his previous best and won the Internationales Hochsprung-Meeting in Eberstadt with 2.33 m.
He won the 2010 German Athletics Championships, however because he didn't meet the German Athletics Federation's requirements, he was left off the team for the 2010 European Athletics Championships.
At the Eberstadt competition, he cleared 2.30 meters to win for the second time in a row.
Spank was a member of the Dresdner SC 1898 athletic team and was coached by Erika Falz and Jörg Elbe during his career. At the conclusion of the 2016 campaign, he announced his retirement.
Raúl Spank's net worth is currently estimated at $0.8 million.
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