Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 15–17 October
Competitors 32 from 20 nations
Medalists
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
«1960 1968»
Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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The men's pole vault was one of four men's jumping events on the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. Qualification was held on 15 October 1964, with the final on 17 October. 32 athletes from 20 nations entered, with 1 not starting in the qualification round.

At this point in time, the United States had never lost and Olympic pole vault competition. In the final, the last remaining American was Fred Hansen, who at the time was also the world record holder. Hansen cleared 5 meters on his first attempt, but so did three German athletes, making it a four way tie. Hansen passed the next height, watching as only Wolfgang Reinhardt was able to clear. Re-entering the competition at 5.10, Hansen failed his first two attempts, but so did Reinhardt. Hansen then sailed over his final attempt, while Reinhart could not. Hansen continued the American streak, which would survive through one more Olympics until the 1972 pole vault controversy, when defending champion Bob Seagren had his pole confiscated at the games and had to compete on an unfamiliar, borrowed pole.

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Vaulters had to clear 4.60 metres to qualify for the final. The bar start at 4.20 metres, increasing gradually to 4.60 metres. Each jumper had three attempts at each height or could skip any lower height (but could not return to a lower height if he determined that he could not succeed).

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60
1 Risto Ankio Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Gennadiy Bliznetsov Soviet Union 4.60 metres 1st
Sergey Demin Soviet Union 4.60 metres 2nd 1st
Herve D'Encausse France 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st
Igor Feld Soviet Union 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Fred Morgan Hansen United States 4.60 metres 1st
Taisto Laitinen Finland 4.60 metres 1st 2nd
Klaus Lehnertz Germany 4.60 metres 1st 2nd 1st
Roman Lesek Yugoslavia 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Guerrino Moro Canada 4.60 metres 2nd 2nd 1st
Pentti Nikula Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Christos Papanikolau Greece 4.60 metres 2nd 2nd 1st
Billy Gene Pemelton United States 4.60 metres 1st
John Pennel United States 4.60 metres 2nd
Manfred Preussger Germany 4.60 metres 3rd 1st
Wolfgang Reinhardt Germany 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Ignacio Sola Spain 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st 3rd
Rudolf Tomasek Czechoslovakia 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Yang Chuan-kwang Taiwan 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st
20 David Stevenson Great Britain 4.50 metres 1st 1st 1st Fail
21 Rolando Cruz Puerto Rico 4.50 metres 1st 3rd 1st Fail
22 Morita Hisao Japan 4.40 metres 1st Fail
23 Werner Duttweiler Switzerland 4.40 metres 1st 1st Fail
24 Torii Yoshimasa Japan 4.40 metres 1st 2nd Fail
25 Renato Dionisi Italy 4.20 metres 1st Fail
Otsubo Masashi Japan 4.20 metres 1st Fail
27 Paul Coppejans Belgium 4.20 metres 3rd Fail
28 Dimitar Khlebarov Bulgaria No mark Fail
Maurice Houvion France No mark Fail
Włodzimierz Sokołowski Poland No mark Fail
Valbjoern Thorlaksson Iceland Did not start
Wu Ar Min Taiwan Did not start

Final[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 4.40 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.85 4.90 4.95 5.00 5.05 5.10
1 Fred Morgan Hansen United States 5.10 metres OR 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd
2 Wolfgang Reinhardt Germany 5.05 metres 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st Fail
3 Klaus Lehnertz Germany 5.00 metres 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st Fail
4 Manfred Preussger Germany 5.00 metres 3rd 1st 1st 1st Fail
5 Gennadiy Bliznetsov Soviet Union 4.95 metres 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Fail
6 Rudolf Tomasek Czechoslovakia 4.90 metres 1st 1st 2nd 1st Fail
7 Pentti Nikula Finland 4.90 metres 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st Fail
8 Billy Gene Pemelton United States 4.80 metres 1st 1st Fail
9 Igor Feld Soviet Union 4.80 metres 1st 3rd 2nd Fail
10 Guerrino Moro Canada 4.70 metres 1st 2nd 1st Fail
11 John Pennel United States 4.70 metres 2nd Fail
12 Risto Ankio Finland 4.70 metres 1st 2nd Fail
13 Roman Lesek Yugoslavia 4.70 metres 1st 3rd 2nd Fail
14 Taisto Laitinen Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st Fail
15 Sergey Demin Soviet Union 4.40 metres 1st Fail
Herve D'Encausse France 4.40 metres 1st Fail
Ignacio Sola Spain 4.40 metres 1st Fail
18 Christos Papanikolau Greece 4.40 metres 2nd Fail
19 Yang Chuan-kwang Taiwan No mark Fail

References[edit]

  • Official Report