Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 24
Competitors 15 from 7 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Gold medal    United States
Bronze medal    Canada
Bronze medal    United States
Bronze medal    Sweden
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The men's pole vault was one of six jumping events on the athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on Friday, July 24, 1908.

15 pole vaulters from seven nations competed. It is the only one of the 111 events featured in 1908 to not have any competitors from the host nation.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3.90(*) United States Walter Dray Danbury (USA) June 13, 1908
Olympic Record 3.50 United States Charles Dvorak St. Louis (USA) September 3, 1904

(*) unofficial

Both Edward Cook and Alfred Carlton Gilbert set a new Olympic record with 3.71 metres.

Results[edit]

All jumpers had three attempts at each height.

Place Name Nation Height
1 Edward Cook United States 3.71 metres
Alfred Carlton Gilbert United States 3.71 metres
3 Edward Archibald Canada 3.58 metres
Clare Jacobs United States 3.58 metres
Bruno Söderström Sweden 3.58 metres
6 Georgios Banikas Greece 3.50 metres
Sam Bellah United States 3.50 metres
8 Kálmán Szathmáry Hungary 3.35 metres
9 Stefanos Kountouriotis Greece 3.25 metres
10 Robert Pascarel France 3.20 metres
Carl Silfverstrand Sweden 3.20 metres
12 Thomas Jackson United States 3.05 metres
G. Koeger France 3.05 metres
14 Coen van Veenhuijsen Netherlands 2.89 metres
15 Bram Evers Netherlands 2.82 metres

Sources[edit]

  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].