Athletics at the 1920 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the VII Olympiad
Venue Olympisch Stadion
Dates August 18–20
Competitors 16 from 7 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Frank Foss  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Henry Petersen  Denmark
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Edwin Myers  United States
← 1912
1924 →

The men's pole vault event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1920 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on Wednesday, August 18, 1920 and on Friday, August 20, 1920.

16 pole vaulters from seven nations competed.

Records[edit]

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1920 Summer Olympics.

World Record 4.02 United States Marc Wright Cambridge, MA (USA) June 8, 1912
Olympic Record 3.95 United States Harry Babcock Stockholm (SWE) July 11, 1912

At first Frank Foss set a new Olympic record with 4.00 metres. Then he set a new world record with 4.09 metres.

Results[edit]

The qualification was held on August 18, 1920. The qualification height was 3.60. Only three pole vaulters were eliminated. In the final held on August 20, 1920 only seven athletes were able to clear 3.60 metres again. Foss cleared 4.00 metres and also the new world record of 4.09 metres in his third try.

Place Athlete Qual. 4.00 4.09 Final
1  Frank Foss (USA) 3.60 XXO XXO 4.09 WR
2  Henry Petersen (DEN) 3.60 3.70
3  Edwin Myers (USA) 3.60 3.60
4  Edward Knourek (USA) 3.60 3.60
5  Ernfrid Rydberg (SWE) 3.60 3.60
6  Laurits Jørgensen (DEN) 3.60 3.60
7  Eldon Jenne (USA) 3.60 3.60
8  Georg Högström (SWE) 3.60 3.50
9  John Mattsson (SWE) 3.60 3.50
10  André Francquenelle (FRA) 3.60 3.40
11  Paul Lagarde (FRA) 3.60 3.40
12  Jussi Ruoho (FIN) 3.60 3.40
13  René Joannes-Powell (BEL) 3.60 3.30
14  Étienne Gajan (FRA) 3.50
 Johann Martin (EST) NM
 Lars Erik Tirén (SWE) NM

References[edit]

  • Belgium Olympic Committee (1957). Olympic Games Antwerp 1920: Official Report (in French). 
  • Wudarski, Pawel (1999). "Wyniki Igrzysk Olimpijskich" (in Polish). Retrieved 23 August 2007.