Men's pole vault world record progression

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The first world record in the men's pole vault was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912.[1]

As of June 21, 2009, 71 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event. The introduction in the early 1950s of flexible vaulting poles made from composites such as fiberglass or carbon fiber allowed vaulters to achieve greater height.[1]

Record progression[edit]

Record Athlete Nation Venue Date #[2]
4.02 m Marc Wright  United States Cambridge, U.S. June 8, 1912[1] 1
4.09 m Frank Foss  United States Antwerp, Belgium August 20, 1920[1] 1
4.12 m Charles Hoff  Norway Copenhagen, Denmark September 22, 1922[1] 1
4.21 m Charles Hoff  Norway Copenhagen, Denmark July 22, 1923[1] 2
4.23 m Charles Hoff  Norway Oslo, Norway August 13, 1925[1] 3
4.25 m Charles Hoff  Norway Turku, Finland September 27, 1925[1] 4
4.27 m Sabin Carr  United States Philadelphia, U.S. May 27, 1927[1] 1
4.30 m Lee Barnes  United States Fresno, U.S. April 28, 1928[1] 1
4.37 m William Graber  United States Palo Alto, U.S. July 16, 1932[1] 1
4.39 m Keith Brown  United States Boston, U.S. June 1, 1935[1] 1
4.43 m George Varoff  United States Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. July 4, 1936[1] 1
4.54 m Bill Sefton  United States Los Angeles, U.S. May 29, 1937[1] 1
4.54 m Earle Meadows  United States Los Angeles, U.S. May 29, 1937[1] 1
4.60 m Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Fresno, U.S. June 29, 1940[1] 1
4.72 m Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Compton, U.S. June 26, 1941[1] 2
4.77 m Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Modesto, U.S. May 23, 1942[1] 3
4.78 m Robert Gutowski  United States Palo Alto, U.S. April 27, 1957[1] 1
4.80 m Don Bragg  United States Palo Alto, U.S. July 2, 1960[1] 1
4.83 m George Davies  United States Boulder, U.S. May 20, 1961[1] 1
4.89 m John Uelses  United States Santa Barbara, U.S. March 31, 1962[1] 1
4.93 m Dave Tork  United States Walnut, U.S. April 28, 1962[1] 1
4.94 m Pentti Nikula  Finland Kauhava, Finland June 22, 1962[1] 1
5.00 m Brian Sternberg  United States Philadelphia, U.S. April 27, 1963[1] 1
5.08 m Brian Sternberg  United States Compton June 7, 1963[1] 2
5.13 m John Pennel  United States London, England August 5, 1963[1] 1
5.20 m John Pennel  United States Coral Gables, U.S. August 24, 1963[1] 2
5.23 m Fred Hansen  United States San Diego, U.S. June 13, 1964[1] 1
5.28 m Fred Hansen  United States Los Angeles, U.S. July 25, 1964[1] 2
5.32 m Bob Seagren  United States Fresno, U.S. May 14, 1966[1] 1
5.34 m John Pennel  United States Los Angeles, U.S. July 23, 1966[1] 3
5.36 m Bob Seagren  United States San Diego, U.S. June 10, 1967[1] 2
5.38 m Paul Wilson  United States Bakersfield, U.S. June 23, 1967[1] 1
5.41 m A Bob Seagren  United States Echo Summit, U.S. September 12, 1968[1] 3
5.44 m John Pennel  United States Sacramento, U.S. June 21, 1969[1] 4
5.45 m Wolfgang Nordwig  East Germany Berlin, Germany June 17, 1970[1] 1
5.46 m Wolfgang Nordwig  East Germany Turin, Italy September 3, 1970[1] 2
5.49 m Christos Papanikolaou  Greece Athens, Greece October 24, 1970[1] 1
5.51 m Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Austin, U.S. April 8, 1972[1] 1
5.54 m Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Los Angeles, U.S. April 15, 1972[1] 2
5.55 m Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Helsingborg, Sweden June 12, 1972[1] 3
5.63 m Bob Seagren  United States Eugene, U.S. July 2, 1972[1] 4
5.65 m David Roberts  United States Gainesville, U.S. March 28, 1975[1] 1
5.67 m Earl Bell  United States Wichita, U.S. May 29, 1976[1] 1
5.70 m David Roberts  United States Eugene, U.S. June 22, 1976[1] 2
5.72 m Władysław Kozakiewicz  Poland Milan, Italy May 11, 1980[1] 1
5.75 m Thierry Vigneron  France Paris, France June 1, 1980[1] 1
5.75 m Thierry Vigneron  France Lille, France June 29, 1980[1] 2
5.77 m Philippe Houvion  France Paris, France July 17, 1980[1] 1
5.78 m Władysław Kozakiewicz  Poland Moscow, Soviet Union July 30, 1980[1] 2
5.80 m Thierry Vigneron  France Mâcon, France June 20, 1981[1] 3
5.81 m Vladimir Polyakov  Soviet Union Tbilisi, Soviet Union June 26, 1981[1] 1
5.82 m Pierre Quinon  France Cologne, Germany August 28, 1983[1] 1
5.83 m Thierry Vigneron  France Rome, Italy September 1, 1983[1] 4
5.85 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Bratislava, Czechoslovakia May 26, 1984[1] 1
5.88 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Paris, France June 2, 1984[1] 2
5.90 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union London, England July 13, 1984[1] 3
5.91 m Thierry Vigneron  France Rome, Italy August 31, 1984[1] 5
5.94 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Rome, Italy August 31, 1984[1] 4
6.00 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Paris, France July 13, 1985[1] 5
6.01 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 8, 1986[1] 6
6.03 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Prague, Czechoslovakia June 23, 1987[1] 7
6.05 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Bratislava, Czechoslovakia June 9, 1988[1] 8
6.06 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Nice, France July 10, 1988[1] 9
6.07 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Shizuoka, Japan May 6, 1991[1] 10
6.08 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 9, 1991[1] 11
6.09 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Formia, Italy July 8, 1991[1] 12
6.10 m Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Malmö, Sweden August 5, 1991[1] 13
6.11 m Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Dijon, France June 13, 1992[1] 14
6.12 m Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Padua, Italy August 30, 1992[1] 15
6.13 m Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Tokyo, Japan September 19, 1992[1] 16
6.14 m A[3] Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Sestriere, Italy July 31, 1994[1] 17
6.16 m i Renaud Lavillenie  France Donetsk, Ukraine February 15, 2014[4] 1

A = mark set at altitude
i = indoor mark

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 555–6. Archived from the original on November 23, 2012. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ The numbered occurrence of the athlete breaking the world record, in other words "#7" would indicate the 7th time the athlete broke the world record.
  3. ^ "From 2000, IAAF Rule 260.18s (formerly 260.6.a) was amended to say world records (as opposed to indoor world records) can be set in a facility 'with or without a roof.' So far, only one event - the women's pole vault - has been affected by this change, which was not applied retrospectively."[1] (p.546) Sergey Bubka set an indoor record of 6.15 m on February 21, 1993, in excess of the outdoor record, before this rule came into effect. Lavillenie's indoor world record was set after the rule came into effect, and thus since it exceeds Bubka's 6.14 m set outdoors, it is also the world record.
  4. ^ http://www.iaaf.org/news/press-release/pole-vault-world-record-ratified

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