Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
Gold medal    Soviet Union
Silver medal    Soviet Union
Bronze medal    Soviet Union
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Athletics at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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The men's pole vault at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entry list of 21 competitors, with two qualifying groups (21 jumpers) before the final (15) took place on Wednesday September 28, 1988.

Three Soviet, French and American athletes made the final, but it was the Soviet block that dominated the event, sweeping the medals, with Sergey Bubka already the dominant vaulter. His world record 6.06 set two months earlier, has only been cleared by one other person, Steven Hooker, since. But while Bubka would vault in 3 more Olympics and would continue to dominate the World Championships with ultimately 6 consecutive wins, this would be the only Olympic medal he would achieve.


Gold  Sergey Bubka
Soviet Union (URS)
Silver  Rodion Gataullin
Soviet Union (URS)
Bronze  Grigoriy Yegorov
Soviet Union (URS)


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 6.06 Soviet Union Sergey Bubka Nice (FRA) July 10, 1988
Olympic Record 5.78 Poland Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz Moscow (URS) July 30, 1980

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Height OR WR
September 28, 1988 Final  Sergey Bubka (URS) 5.90m OR


Med 1.png  Sergey Bubka (URS) 5.90 m OR
Med 2.png  Rodion Gataullin (URS) 5.85 m
Med 3.png  Grigoriy Yegorov (URS) 5.80 m
4.  Earl Bell (USA) 5.70 m
5.  Thierry Vigneron (FRA) 5.70 m
 Philippe Collet (FRA)
7.  István Bagyula (HUN) 5.60 m
8.  Philippe d'Encausse (FRA) 5.60 m
9.  Asko Peltoniemi (FIN) 5.60 m
10.  Kory Tarpenning (USA) 5.50 m
11.  Zdeněk Lubenský (TCH) 5.50 m
12.  Billy Olson (USA) 5.50 m
13.  Hermann Fehringer (AUT) 5.40 m
 Miroslaw Chmara (POL) NM
 Marian Kolasa (POL)


16.  Kim Chul-Kyun (KOR) 5.30 m
17.  Paul Just (CAN) 5.30 m
 Lee Jae-Bok (KOR) NM
 Javier García (ESP)
 Andy Ashurst (GBR)
 Atanas Tarev (BUL)

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