2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's pole vault
|Events at the
2009 World Championships
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
The Women's Pole Vault event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany was held between 15 August and 17 August 2009. Yelena Isinbayeva was the strong favourite prior to the competition, a position enhanced further by the withdrawal of 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jennifer Stuczynski. Anna Rogowska was the only athlete to beat Isinbayeva in the build up to the event. Fabiana Murer and Monika Pyrek had both registered strong season's bests but had suffered from indifferent form. European Indoor medallists Yuliya Golubchikova and Silke Spiegelburg rounded out the list of the season's highest jumping athletes.
In the qualifiers, the automatic progression mark of 4.60 m was not needed, as eleven athletes reached 4.55 m and Kristina Gadschiew progressed with 4.50 m. All four Russian athletes reached the final, as did all three vaulters of the host nation's team. Veteran American athlete and former world record holder Stacy Dragila closed her major championship career with a jump of 4.25 m, as she announced her intention to retire at the end of the season.
On the final day of the event, European Indoor champion Golubchikova was the first to experience disappointment, as a fall in the warm up left her unable to compete in the final. The Brazilian and British champions, Murer and Kate Dennison failed at the 4.65 m mark. Pyrek and American Chelsea Johnson passed that height on their first attempt, while Rogowska and home favourite Spiegelburg completed it on their second try. Rogowska was the only athlete to vault 4.75 m, at which point reigning champion Isinbayeva entered the competition. The Russian failed to clear the height and, after raising the bar, failed twice more and finished last in the competition.
Given that Isinbayeva had a season's best of 4.80 m, an opener of 4.75 m was a risky decision that back fired for the athlete, resulting in her first major championship loss since 2003 and her first ever non-medalling performance in international competition. Rogowska, who had beaten her at the London Grand Prix a month earlier, won her first gold medal at a major championships, breaking Isinbayeva's dominance of the event. Pyrek repeated her form of the 2005 Championships to take a silver medal along with Chelsea Johnson, a relatively unknown athlete competing at her first major championships. For the first time in history of World Championships in Athletics, two Polish athletes took gold and silver medal in the same event.
|Gold|| Anna Rogowska
|Silver|| Monika Pyrek
|Silver|| Chelsea Johnson
|World record||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||5.05||Beijing, China||18 August 2008|
|Championship record||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||5.01||Helsinki, Finland||12 August 2005|
|World Leading||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||4.85||Rome, Italy||10 July 2009|
|African Record||Elmarie Gerryts (RSA)||4.42||Wesel, Germany||12 June 2000|
|Asian Record||Gao Shuying (CHN)||4.64||New York, United States||2 June 2007|
|North American record||Jennifer Stuczynski (USA)||4.92||Eugene, United States||6 July 2008|
|South American record||Fabiana Murer (BRA)||4.82||Rio de Janeiro, Brazil||7 June 2009|
|European Record||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||5.05||Beijing, China||18 August 2008|
|Oceanian Record||Kym Howe (AUS)||4.65||Saulheim, Germany||30 June 2007|
|A standard||B standard|
|August 15, 2009||19:00||Qualification|
|August 17, 2009||18:45||Final|
Qualification: Qualifying Performance 4.60 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.
|6||B||Chelsea Johnson||United States||-||xxo||o||o||o||4.55||q|
|7||A||Kate Dennison||Great Britain||o||o||o||xo||o||4.55||q|
|13||A||Anna Giordano Bruno||Italy||o||xo||xo||o||xxx||4.50|
|14||B||Jillian Schwartz||United States||-||o||xo||xo||xxx||4.50|
|16||B||Jiřina Ptáčníková||Czech Republic||-||o||o||xxx||4.40|
|22||A||Stacy Dragila||United States||-||o||xxx||4.25|
|30||A||Romana Malácová||Czech Republic||xo||xxx||4.10|
|30||B||Lim Eun-Ji||South Korea||xo||xxx||4.10|
Key: NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result), NR = National record, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best
|Chelsea Johnson||United States||-||o||o||o||xxx||4.65||SB|
|6||Kate Dennison||Great Britain||o||o||xo||xxx||4.55|
Key: DNS = Did not start, NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result), SB = Seasonal best
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- Landells, Steve (2009-08-15). Event Report - Women's Pole Vault - Qualification. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
- Landells, Steve (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's Pole Vault - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
- Butcher, Pat (2009-08-17). Berlin 2009 - Day 3 SUMMARY - 17 Aug . IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.