Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the V Olympiad
1912 Harry Babcock.jpg
Gold medalist Harry Babcock.
Venue Stockholm Olympic Stadium
Dates July 10–11
Competitors 25 from 11 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Canada
Bronze medal    United States
Bronze medal    Sweden
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The men's pole vault was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1912 Summer Olympics programme. It was the fifth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Wednesday, July 10, 1912 and on Thursday, July 11, 1912.

Twenty-five pole vaulters from eleven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1912 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4.02 United States Marc Wright Cambridge, MA (USA) June 8, 1912
Olympic Record 3.71 United States Edward Cook London (GBR) July 24, 1908
3.71 United States Alfred Carlton Gilbert London (GBR) July 24, 1908

The Olympic record was equalized or improved 18 times during this competition. Finally Harry Babcock set a new Olympic record with 3.95 metres.

Results[edit]

Halpenny was forced to withdraw after he broke two ribs while clearing 3.80m and had to be carried off the field on a stretcher.

Place Athlete Preliminary Final Mark
3.00 3.20 3.40 3.50 3.60 3.65 Qual. 3.40 3.50 3.60 3.65 3.75 3.80 3.85 3.95 4.06
1  Harry Babcock (USA) --- O O O O O QF O O O --- O O O O XXX 3.95
2  Frank Nelson (USA) O --- O O O XO QF O O O XO O O XO XXX --- 3.85
2  Marc Wright (USA) --- --- O O O XO QF O O O O XO XO XO XXX --- 3.85
3  William Halpenny (CAN) --- --- O O O O QF O XO O O XO XO --- --- --- 3.80
3  Frank Murphy (USA) --- O O O XXO O QF O O XO XO O O XXX --- --- 3.80
3  Bertil Uggla (SWE) O O O O O XO QF O O O O O XO XXX --- --- 3.80
7  Sam Bellah (USA) --- --- XO XXO XO O QF O O XO O XO XXX --- --- --- 3.75
8  Frank Coyle (USA) --- --- O O O XXO QF O O XO XO XXX --- --- --- --- 3.65
 Gordon Dukes (USA) --- XXO O XXO O O QF O O O XXO XXX --- --- --- --- 3.65
 Bill Fritz (USA) --- O O O O O QF O XO XO XXO XXX --- --- --- --- 3.65
11  Robert Pasemann (GER) O O O O XXO O QF XO XXX --- --- --- --- --- --- --- 3.40
12  Carl Hårleman (SWE) --- XO O XO O XXX 3.60
 Richard Sjöberg (SWE) O O O O XXO XXX 3.60
 Clas Gille (SWE) --- O O XXO XXO XXX 3.60
15  Fernand Gonder (FRA) XO XO O O XXX --- 3.50
16  Ulrich Baasch (RUS) O O O XXX --- --- 3.40
 Fritz Vikke (DEN) O O O XXX --- --- 3.40
18  Magnus Nilsson (SWE) --- O XXX --- --- --- 3.20
 Hugo Svensson (SWE) O O XXX --- --- --- 3.20
 Sander Santesson (SWE) XO O XXX --- --- --- 3.20
 Viktor Franzl (AUT) XXO O XXX --- --- --- 3.20
 Georgios Banikas (GRE) XO XO XXX --- --- --- 3.20
23  Jindřich Jirsák (BOH) O XXX --- --- --- --- 3.00
 Manlio Legat (ITA) O XXX --- --- --- --- 3.00
-  Johann Martin (RUS) XXX --- --- --- --- --- NM
Harry Babcock on the way to win the gold medal.
Frank Nelson winning the silver medal.
Second silver medalist Marc Wright.
One of the three bronze medalists Bertil Uggla.

References[edit]

  • sports-reference.com
  • Bergvall, Erik (ed.) (1913). Adams-Ray, Edward (trans.)., ed. The Official Report of the Olympic Games of Stockholm 1912. Stockholm: Wahlström & Widstrand. 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich". Retrieved 4 January 2007.  (Polish)