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

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Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Jennifer Suhr London 2012.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4–6 August 2012
Competitors 39 from 25 nations
Winning height 4.75 m
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    Cuba
Bronze medal    Russia
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The women's pole vault competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4–6 August.[1]

In the qualifying round, nobody needed to take an attempt at the automatic qualifier as the field was down to 12 at 4.55. Non-qualifiers included junior record holder Angelica Bengtsson, former world record holder Svetlana Feofanova and reigning world champion Fabiana Murer.

In the final, a strong headwind and light rain made it difficult for the competitors. By 4.55, the qualifying height, only five vaulters remained. That proved to be the final height for Martina Strutz. Even world record holder and two time defending champion Elena Isinbaeva had a miss at her opening at 4.55, though she made her next two heights 4.65 and 4.70 on the first attempt. 4.70 was the undoing of Silke Spiegelburg, leaving just Yarisley Silva and Jennifer Suhr for the medals. Suhr managed to remain clean to 4.70, while Silva had a miss at 4.45, a height Suhr didn't even attempt. It took two attempts for both to make 4.75, while Isinbayeva struggled, missing on two attempts. She strategically passed to take one last attempt at 4.80, but nobody had a good attempt at that height. Suhr jumped first in the order and had to sweat out the subsequent attempts by Isinbaeva and Silva, but won the gold on fewer misses, the difference was Silva's lone other miss at 4.45.

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 they 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.[2]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:20 Qualifications
Monday, 6 August 2012 19:00 Finals


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

World record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.06 m Zurich, Switzerland 28 August 2009
Olympic record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 m Beijing, China 18 August 2008
2012 World leading  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.83 m Champaign, USA 7 July 2012


Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 4.60m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.10 4.25 4.40 4.50 4.55 Result Notes[3]
1 B Yelena Isinbayeva Russia o o 4.55 q
1 A Yarisley Silva Cuba o o 4.55 q
1 A Jennifer Suhr United States o 4.55 q
4 A Lisa Ryzih Germany o xo o 4.55 q
5 B Anna Rogowska Poland xo xo o 4.55 q
6 B Silke Spiegelburg Germany o xo 4.55 q
7 A Holly Bleasdale Great Britain xo o xo 4.55 q
7 A Vanessa Boslak France o xo o xo 4.55 q
7 A Martina Strutz Germany o o xo xo 4.55 q
10 B Becky Holliday United States xo xxo o xo 4.55 q
11 A Alana Boyd Australia o xxo xxo xo 4.55 q
12 B Jiřina Ptáčníková Czech Republic xo xo xxo 4.55 q
13 B Stélla-Iró Ledáki Greece xxo o xo o xxx 4.50
14 B Fabiana Murer Brazil xo xxx 4.50
15 B Lacy Janson United States o o xxx 4.40
15 A Monika Pyrek Poland o o xxx 4.40
17 A Anastasiya Shvedova Belarus xo o xxx 4.40
18 A Jillian Schwartz Israel o xxo o xxx 4.40
19 A Tomomi Abiko Japan o o xxx 4.25
19 A Angelica Bengtsson Sweden o xxx 4.25
19 B Mélanie Blouin Canada o o xxx 4.25
19 B Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou Greece o xxx 4.25
19 A Tina Šutej Slovenia o o xxx 4.25
24 A Ekateríni Stefanídi Greece xo o xxx 4.25
25 B Nicole Büchler Switzerland xxo o xxx 4.25
26 B Kate Dennison Great Britain xo xxx 4.25
26 B Nataliya Mazuryk Ukraine xo xxx 4.25
26 A Minna Nikkanen Finland o xo xxx 4.25
26 A Anastasia Savchenko Russia xo xxx 4.25
30 A Li Ling China xxo xxx 4.25
31 A Choi Yun-Hee South Korea xo xxx 4.10
31 A Maria Leonor Tavares Portugal xo xxx 4.10
33 B Marion Lotout France xxo xxx 4.10
33 A Ganna Shelekh Ukraine xxo xxx 4.10
N/A B Dailis Caballero Cuba xxx NM
N/A B Svetlana Feofanova Russia xx– x NM
N/A B Caroline Bonde Holm Denmark xxx NM
N/A B Liz Parnov Australia xxx NM
N/A B Tori Pena Ireland xxx NM


Rank Name Nationality 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.65 4.70 4.75 4.80 Result Notes[4]
1st Jennifer Suhr United States o o xo xxx 4.75
2nd Yarisley Silva Cuba xo o o o xo xxx 4.75 =NR
3rd Yelena Isinbayeva Russia x– o o xx– x 4.70
4 Silke Spiegelburg Germany o o x– xx 4.65
5 Martina Strutz Germany xo o x– xx 4.55
6 Jiřina Ptáčníková Czech Republic o xxo xx– x 4.45
6 Lisa Ryzih Germany xxo xxx 4.45
6 Holly Bleasdale Great Britain xxo xxx 4.45
9 Becky Holliday United States xo xxo xxx 4.45
10 Vanessa Boslak France xo xxx 4.30
11 Alana Boyd Australia xxo xxx 4.30
N/A Anna Rogowska Poland xxx NM


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Women's High Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Games 2012 – Results Pole Vault W Qualification". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Women's Pole Vault – Final". Retrieved 4 August 2012.