Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
London 2012 Renaud Lavillenie.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 8–10 August
Competitors 32 from 23 nations
Winning height 5.97 OR
Gold medal    France
Silver medal    Germany
Bronze medal    Germany
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The Men's pole vault competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 8–10 August.[1]

Nobody took an attempt at the auto-qualifying mark. As it turned out, it took a clean round through 5.50 to make the final.

Four of the 14 finalists only cleared 5.50. Four passed to 5.65 where defending champion, oft injured Steven Hooker and former world champion Brad Walker failed to clear their opening height. The medals were decided at 5.85, Renaud Lavillenie clearing on his first attempt, Björn Otto on the second and Raphael Holzdeppe on his third. The two Germans cleared 5.91 on their first attempt, while Lavillenie missed. So Lavillenie strategically passed to 5.97. On his second attempt, it was all or nothing. Lavillenie cleared it cleanly. In silver medal position on fewer misses, Otto passed to hope for a miracle at 6.02 while Holzdeppe failed at 5.97 and took the bronze. Otto's attempt at 6.02 was close but a failure. With the gold in hand Lavillenie took his remaining couple of attempts at 6.07.

During one part of the competition, Cuban Lázaro Borges was attempting to mark 5.35 metres when his pole broke into three pieces.[2] The incident has been used in several Olympic bloopers videos.

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and was eliminated if he failed to clear any height. Athletes who successfully jumped the qualifying height moved on the final. If fewer than 12 reached that height, the best 12 moved on. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes reached a height they could not jump.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:00 Finals


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 m A Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Olympic record  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.96 m Beijing, China 22 August 2008
2012 World leading  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.97 m Helsinki, Finland 1 July 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
10 August Final  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.97 OR


Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 5.70m (Q) or at least best 12 (q) qualified.

Rank Group Name Nationality 5.20 5.35 5.50 5.60 5.65 Result Notes[4]
1 B Raphael Holzdeppe Germany xo o 5.65 q
1 B Renaud Lavillenie France xo - o 5.65 q
3 A Konstadinos Filippidis Greece o o o - 5.60 q
4 A Yevgeny Lukyanenko Russia xxo o - 5.60 q
4 A Romain Mesnil France xo o xo - 5.60 q
4 B Brad Walker United States xxo o - 5.60 q
7 B Dmitry Starodubtsev Russia xo xo xo - 5.60 q
8 A Łukasz Michalski Poland xo xxo xo - 5.60 q
9 B Igor Bychkov Spain o - o xx- x 5.50 q
9 A Steve Hooker Australia - o - - 5.50 q
9 B Jan Kudlička Czech Republic o o - - 5.50 q
9 A Steven Lewis Great Britain o - - 5.50 q
9 A Malte Mohr Germany - - o - - 5.50 q
9 A Björn Otto Germany o - - 5.50 q
15 A Jeremy Scott United States o xo xxx - 5.50
16 B Lázaro Borges Cuba xxo xo xxx - 5.50
16 B Sergey Kucheryanu Russia xxo xo xxx - 5.50
18 B Nikita Filippov Kazakhstan o o xxx - - 5.35
18 A Maksym Mazuryk Ukraine - o xxx - - 5.35
20 A Ivan Horvat Croatia o xo xxx - - 5.35
20 B Yang Yansheng China - xo xxx - - 5.35
22 B Mareks Ārents Latvia xo xo xxx - - 5.35
23 B Stanislau Tsivonchyk Belarus xo xxx - - - 5.20
24 A Edi Maia Portugal xxo xxx - - - 5.20
N/A B Jere Bergius Finland - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Fábio Gomes da Silva Brazil xxx - - NM
N/A B Alhaji Jeng Sweden - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Kim Yoo-Suk South Korea xxx - - - - NM
N/A B Derek Miles United States xxx - - - - NM
N/A B Paweł Wojciechowski Poland - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Seito Yamamoto Japan - xxx - - - NM
N/A B Denys Yurchenko Ukraine - xxx - - - NM


Rank Name Nationality 5.50 5.65 5.75 5.85 5.91 5.97 6.02 6.07 Result Notes
1st Renaud Lavillenie France o o o x- xo x- xx 5.97 OR
2nd Björn Otto Germany o o xo xo o xx- x 5.91
3rd Raphael Holzdeppe Germany xo xo xxo o xxx 5.91 PB
4 Dmitry Starodubtsev Russia o xo o xxx 5.75
5 Steven Lewis Great Britain xo xo xxx 5.75
5 Yevgeny Lukyanenko Russia xo xo xxx 5.75 SB
7 Konstadinos Filippidis Greece o xo xxx 5.65
8 Jan Kudlička Czech Republic o xxo xxx 5.65
9 Malte Mohr Germany o xxx 5.50
9 Romain Mesnil France o xxx 5.50
11 Łukasz Michalski Poland xo xxx 5.50
12 Igor Bychkov Spain xxo xxx 5.50
N/A Brad Walker United States xxx NM
N/A Steve Hooker Australia xxx NM