2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's pole vault

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The Women's Pole Vault event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany was held between 15 August and 17 August 2009. Yelena Isinbayeva was the strong favourite prior to the competition, a position enhanced further by the withdrawal of 2008 Olympic silver medallist Jennifer Stuczynski. Anna Rogowska was the only athlete to beat Isinbayeva in the buildup to the event. Fabiana Murer and Monika Pyrek had both registered strong season's bests but had suffered from indifferent form. European Indoor medallists Yuliya Golubchikova and Silke Spiegelburg rounded out the list of the season's highest jumping athletes.[1]

In the qualifiers, the automatic progression mark of 4.60 m was not needed, as eleven athletes reached 4.55 m and Kristina Gadschiew progressed with 4.50 m. All four Russian athletes reached the final, as did all three vaulters of the host nation's team. Veteran American athlete and former world record holder Stacy Dragila closed her major championship career with a jump of 4.25 m, as she announced her intention to retire at the end of the season.[2]

On the final day of the event, European Indoor champion Golubchikova was the first to experience disappointment, as a fall in the warm up left her unable to compete in the final. The Brazilian and British champions, Murer and Kate Dennison failed at the 4.65 m mark. Pyrek and American Chelsea Johnson passed that height on their first attempt, while Rogowska and home favourite Spiegelburg completed it on their second try. Rogowska was the only athlete to vault 4.75 m, at which point reigning champion Isinbayeva entered the competition. The Russian failed to clear the height and, after raising the bar, failed twice more and finished last in the competition.[3]

Given that Isinbayeva had a season's best of 4.80 m, an opener of 4.75 m was a risky decision that back fired for the athlete, resulting in her first major championship loss since 2003 and her first ever non-medalling performance in international competition. Rogowska, who had beaten her at the London Grand Prix a month earlier, won her first gold medal at a major championships, breaking Isinbayeva's dominance of the event. Pyrek repeated her form of the 2005 Championships to take a silver medal along with Chelsea Johnson, a relatively unknown athlete competing at her first major championships. For the first time in history of World Championships in Athletics, two Polish athletes took gold and silver medal in the same event.[3][4]


Gold Poland Anna Rogowska
Silver Poland Monika Pyrek
Silver United States Chelsea Johnson
 (United States)


World record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 Beijing, China 18 August 2008
Championship record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.01 Helsinki, Finland 12 August 2005
World Leading  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.85 Rome, Italy 10 July 2009
African Record  Elmarie Gerryts (RSA) 4.42 Wesel, Germany 12 June 2000
Asian Record  Gao Shuying (CHN) 4.64 New York, United States 2 June 2007
North American record  Jennifer Stuczynski (USA) 4.92 Eugene, United States 6 July 2008
South American record  Fabiana Murer (BRA) 4.82 Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 7 June 2009
European Record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 Beijing, China 18 August 2008
Oceanian Record  Kym Howe (AUS) 4.65 Saulheim, Germany 30 June 2007

Qualification standards[edit]

A standard B standard
4.45m 4.35m


Date Time Round
August 15, 2009 19:00 Qualification
August 17, 2009 18:45 Final



Qualification: Qualifying Performance 4.60 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.10 4.25 4.40 4.50 4.55 Result Notes
1 A Fabiana Murer  Brazil - - o o o 4.55 q
1 A Anna Rogowska  Poland - - o - o 4.55 q
1 A Yuliya Golubchikova  Russia - - o - o 4.55 q
1 B Silke Spiegelburg  Germany - - o o o 4.55 q
1 B Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia - - - - o 4.55 q
6 B Chelsea Johnson  United States - xxo o o o 4.55 q
7 A Kate Dennison  Great Britain o o o xo o 4.55 q
7 A Anna Battke  Germany - o o xo o 4.55 q
9 A Tatyana Polnova  Russia o xo xo xo o 4.55 q
10 B Monika Pyrek  Poland - - o xo xo 4.55 q
11 B Aleksandra Kiryashova  Russia - o o xo xxo 4.55 q
12 B Kristina Gadschiew  Germany - o o o xxx 4.50 q
13 A Anna Giordano Bruno  Italy o xo xo o xxx 4.50
14 B Jillian Schwartz  United States - o xo xo xxx 4.50
15 A Nicole Büchler   Switzerland o o o xo xxx 4.50 NR
16 B Kelsie Hendry  Canada - o o xxx 4.40
16 B Jiřina Ptáčníková  Czech Republic - o o xxx 4.40
18 B Li Ling  China o o xo xxx 4.40 SB
19 B Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou  Greece o xo xo xxx 4.40
20 B Minna Nikkanen  Finland o o xxo xxx 4.40
21 B Naroa Agirre  Spain o xo xxo xxx 4.40 SB
22 A Joanna Piwowarska  Poland o o xxx 4.25
22 A Stacy Dragila  United States - o xxx 4.25
24 A Mariánna Zaharíadi  Cyprus xo xo xxx 4.25
24 B Roslinda Samsu  Malaysia xo xo xxx 4.25
26 A Sandra-Helena Tavares  Portugal xo xxo xxx 4.25
28 A Télie Mathiot  France o xxx 4.10
28 B Takayo Kondo  Japan o xxx 4.10
30 A Romana Maláčová  Czech Republic xo xxx 4.10
30 B Lim Eun-Ji  South Korea xo xxx 4.10
A Gao Shuying  China - xxx NM

Key: NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result), NR = National record, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best


Rank Name Nationality 4.25 4.40 4.55 4.65 4.75 4.80 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Anna Rogowska  Poland - o o xo o xx- 4.75
2nd, silver medalist(s) Monika Pyrek  Poland - o o o xx- x 4.65
2nd, silver medalist(s) Chelsea Johnson  United States - o o o xxx 4.65 SB
4 Silke Spiegelburg  Germany - o xo xo xxx 4.65
5 Fabiana Murer  Brazil - o o xxx 4.55
6 Kate Dennison  Great Britain o o xo xxx 4.55
7 Anna Battke  Germany - o xxx 4.40
7 Tatyana Polnova  Russia o o xxx 4.40
9 Aleksandra Kiryashova  Russia xo xo xxx 4.40
10 Kristina Gadschiew  Germany o xxo xxx 4.40
Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia - - - - x- xx NM
Yuliya Golubchikova  Russia DNS

Key: DNS = Did not start, NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result), SB = Seasonal best


  1. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-12). Women's Pole Vault - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16. Archived 2009-09-08.
  2. ^ Landells, Steve (2009-08-15). Event Report - Women's Pole Vault - Qualification Archived September 26, 2009, at the Wayback Machine.. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  3. ^ a b Landells, Steve (2009-08-17). Event Report - Women's Pole Vault - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-16.
  4. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-17). Berlin 2009 - Day 3 SUMMARY - 17 Aug . IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-17.