Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 10
Competitors 5 from 2 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) William Hoyt
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Albert Tyler
 United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Evangelos Damaskos
 Greece
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ioannis Theodoropoulos
 Greece
1900 →

The men's pole vault was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. Five athletes competed in the pole vault. The two Americans far outclassed the three Greeks, starting higher than the Greeks could clear and taking first and second places. Damaskos and Theodoropoulos tied for third, while Xydas took fifth.[1]

Results[edit]

The three Greeks began with the bar at 2.40 metres. All three made that mark. The bar was then raised .10 metres at a time, eliminating Xydas after he failed the second jump and the other two after they failed the fourth height. The American pair did not jump at any of those heights, instead beginning at 2.80 metres, a height that gave neither any difficulty. Tyler was unable to clear the 3.30 metres height, and Hoyt failed at 3.40 metres only.

Rank Name Nation Height Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) William Hoyt  United States 3.30 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Albert Tyler  United States 3.20
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Evangelos Damaskos  Greece 2.60
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ioannis Theodoropoulos  Greece 2.60
5 Vasilios Xydas  Greece 2.40

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1896 Athens Summer Games: Men's Pole Vault". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 2 January 2018.

Sources[edit]

  • Lampros, S.P.; Polites, N.G.; De Coubertin, Pierre; Philemon, P.J. & Anninos, C. (1897). The Olympic Games: BC 776 – AD 1896. Athens: Charles Beck. (Digitally available at la84foundation.org)
  • Mallon, Bill & Widlund, Ture (1998). The 1896 Olympic Games. Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson: McFarland. ISBN 0-7864-0379-9. (Excerpt available at la84foundation.org)
  • Smith, Michael Llewellyn (2004). Olympics in Athens 1896. The Invention of the Modern Olympic Games. London: Profile Books. ISBN 1-86197-342-X.