Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's pole vault

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The official results of the Women's Pole Vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, held on Monday 25 September 2000. There were a total number of 30 participating athletes in this event, which made its Olympic debut. The qualifying round was held on Saturday 23 September 2000, with the qualifying height set at 4.35 metres.

While the pole vault had been a standard Olympic event for a century, dating back to the first revival in 1896, this was the first time the event had been held for women.

The favorite coming in to the event was world champion and world record holder Stacy Dragila, but the home favorite was Soviet transplant Australian Tatiana Grigorieva. 4.55m thinned the crowd to just those two athletes, Vala Flosadóttir setting her National record while taking the bronze medal, to date the only women's Olympic medal for Iceland. With Dragila's 4 misses in the competition, including one at 4.55m, Grigorieva had the lead. At 4.60m, Dragila reversed that with a clean clearance on her first attempt. Grigorieva was unable to match that and strategically moved to 4.65m, 2cm higher than the world record Dragila had set in Sacramento in qualifying to the Olympics, to try to take the win. Neither competitor was able to clear 4.65m, Dragila took the gold and the Olympic record.


Gold  Stacy Dragila
United States (USA)
Silver  Tatiana Grigorieva
Australia (AUS)
Bronze  Vala Flosadóttir
Iceland (ISL)


Qualification Round
Group A Group B
23.09.2000 – 18:00h 23.09.2000 – 18:00h
Final Round
25.09.2000 – 18:00h


Q automatic qualification
q qualification by rank
DNS did not start
NM no mark
WR world record
OR olympic record
AR area record
NR national record
PB personal best
SB season best


Standing records prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics
World Record  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.63 m 23 July 2000 United States Sacramento, United States
Olympic Record New Event
Broken records during the 2000 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.60 m 25 September 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia


Group A[edit]

Place Overall Athlete Nation Mark Qual Record
1 1 Tatiana Grigorieva Australia 4.30 q
1 1 Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 4.30 q
1 1 Nicole Rieger-Humbert Germany 4.30 q
1 1 Anzhela Balakhonova Ukraine 4.30 q
5 7 Marie Rasmussen Denmark 4.30 q = NR
6 11 Stacy Dragila United States 4.30 q
7 12 Monika Pyrek Poland 4.30 q
8 17 Caroline Ammel France 4.15
9 18 Alejandra García Argentina 4.15
10 20 Janine Whitlock Great Britain 4.15
11 22 Þórey Edda Elísdóttir Iceland 4.00
Svetlana Feofanova Russia NM
Zsuzsanna Szabó Hungary NM
Yelena Isinbayeva Russia NM
Tanya Koleva Bulgaria NM

Group B[edit]

Place Overall Athlete Nation Mark Qual Record
1 1 Vala Flosadóttir Iceland 4.30 q
1 1 Kellie Suttle United States 4.30 q
3 7 Gao Shuying China 4.30 q
3 7 Elmarie Gerryts South Africa 4.30 q
3 7 Yvonne Buschbaum Germany 4.30 q
6 13 Doris Auer Austria 4.30 q
7 14 Melissa Mueller United States 4.25
8 15 Emma George Australia 4.25
8 15 Mar Sánchez Spain 4.25
10 18 Marie Poissonnier France 4.15
11 21 Déborah Gyurcsek Uruguay 4.15
12 22 Pavla Hamáčková Czech Republic 4.00
Yelena Belyakova Russia NM
Thalia Iakovidou Greece NM
Katalin Donath Hungary NM

Overall Qualifying results[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Group Mark Qual Record
1 Nicole Rieger-Humbert Germany A 4.30 q
1 Tatiana Grigorieva Australia A 4.30 q
1 Kellie Suttle United States B 4.30 q
1 Daniela Bártová Czech Republic A 4.30 q
1 Anzhela Balakhonova Ukraine A 4.30 q
1 Vala Flosadóttir Iceland B 4.30 q
7 Elmarie Gerryts South Africa B 4.30 q
7 Yvonne Buschbaum Germany B 4.30 q
7 Marie Rasmussen Denmark A 4.30 q = NR
7 Gao Shuying China B 4.30 q
11 Stacy Dragila United States A 4.30 q
12 Monika Pyrek Poland A 4.30 q
13 Doris Auer Austria B 4.30 q
14 Melissa Mueller United States B 4.25
15 Emma George Australia B 4.25
15 Mar Sánchez Spain B 4.25
17 Caroline Ammel France A 4.15
18 Marie Poissonnier France B 4.15
18 Alejandra García Argentina A 4.15
20 Janine Whitlock Great Britain A 4.15
21 Déborah Gyurcsek Uruguay B 4.15
22 Pavla Hamáčková Czech Republic B 4.00
22 Þórey Edda Elísdóttir Iceland A 4.00
Zsuzsanna Szabó Hungary A NM
Yelena Isinbayeva Russia A NM
Yelena Belyakova Russia B NM
Svetlana Feofanova Russia A NM
Katalin Donath Hungary B NM
Thalia Iakovidou Greece B NM
Tanya Koleva Bulgaria A NM


Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Extra
4.00 4.15 4.25 4.35 4.40 4.45 4.50 4.55 4.60 4.65
1st  Stacy Dragila (USA) - - O O XO O XXO XO O XXX 4.60 m OR
2nd  Tatiana Grigorieva (AUS) - XO O O O O XO O X- XX 4.55 m PB
3rd  Vala Flosadóttir (ISL) O O O O O O O XXX 4.50 m NR
4  Daniela Bártová (CZE) O - O XXO - XXO O XXX 4.50 m
5  Nicole Humbert (GER) - XXO XXO XXO - XXO - XXX 4.45 m
6  Yvonne Buschbaum (GER) - - XO O XO XXX 4.40 m
7  Monika Pyrek (POL) XO XXO O O XO XXX 4.40 m NR
8  Marie Rasmussen (DEN) O O O O XXX 4.35 m NR
9  Doris Auer (AUT) - - O XXX 4.25 m
10  Gao Shuying (CHN) O O XXX 4.15 m
11  Kellie Suttle (USA) O XXX 4.00 m
 Anzhela Balakhonova (UKR) - - XXX NM
 Elmarie Gerryts (RSA) XX- NM

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