Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the III Olympiad
1904 Charles Dvorak.JPG
Charles Dvorak in action on the way to his gold medal.
Venue Francis Field
Dates September 3
Competitors 7 from 2 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Charles Dvorak  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) LeRoy Samse  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Louis Wilkins  United States
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Athletics at the
1904 Summer Olympics
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The men's pole vault was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third time the event was held. Seven pole vaulters from two nations participated. The competition was held on Saturday, September 3, 1904.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1904 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3.69(*) France Fernand Gonder Paris (FRA) June 26, 1904
Olympic Record 3.30 United States William Hoyt Athens (GRE) April 10, 1896 (NS)
3.30 United States Irving Baxter Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) unofficial

Charles Dvorak set a new Olympic record of 3.50 metres. All 5 of the vaulters whose results are known bested the previous Olympic record.


Place Athlete Height
1  Charles Dvorak (USA) 3.50 OR
2  LeRoy Samse (USA) 3.35
3  Louis Wilkins (USA) 3.35
4  Ward McLanahan (USA) 3.35
5  Claude Allen (USA) 3.35
6  Walter Dray (USA)
7  Paul Weinstein (GER)
LeRoy Samse clearing the bar on the way to the silver medal.
Louis Wilkins clearing the bar on the way to the bronze medal.
Ward McLanahan in action on the way to finish in fourth place.