Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 24
Competitors 15 from 7 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Edward Cook  United States
1st, gold medalist(s) Alfred Carlton Gilbert  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Edward Archibald  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Clare Jacobs  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Bruno Söderström  Sweden
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The men's pole vault was one of six jumping events on the athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on Friday, July 24, 1908.

15 pole vaulters from seven nations competed. It is the only one of the 111 events featured in 1908 to not have any competitors from the host nation.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 3.90(*) United States Walter Dray Danbury (USA) June 13, 1908
Olympic Record 3.50 United States Charles Dvorak St. Louis (USA) September 3, 1904

(*) unofficial

Both Edward Cook and Alfred Carlton Gilbert set a new Olympic record with 3.71 metres.


All jumpers had three attempts at each height.

Place Name Nation Height
1 Edward Cook  United States 3.71 metres
Alfred Carlton Gilbert  United States 3.71 metres
3 Edward Archibald  Canada 3.58 metres
Clare Jacobs  United States 3.58 metres
Bruno Söderström  Sweden 3.58 metres
6 Georgios Banikas  Greece 3.50 metres
Sam Bellah  United States 3.50 metres
8 Kálmán Szathmáry  Hungary 3.35 metres
9 Stefanos Kountouriotis  Greece 3.25 metres
10 Robert Pascarel  France 3.20 metres
Carl Silfverstrand  Sweden 3.20 metres
12 Thomas Jackson  United States 3.05 metres
G. Koeger  France 3.05 metres
14 Coen van Veenhuijsen  Netherlands 2.89 metres
15 Bram Evers  Netherlands 2.82 metres


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 7 April 2006. Available electronically at [1].