Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault
|Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
|Dates||July 31 (qualifying)
August 2 (final)
|Athletics at the
1948 Summer Olympics
|80 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men|
|10 km walk||men|
|50 km walk||men|
The men's pole vault event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1948 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on July 31 and August 2. During the final, a rainstorm came in during the jumps at 4.10. All the jumpers at 4.20 and higher had to deal with wet conditions on the runway and with their poles. The final was won by American Guinn Smith. Erkki Kataja had held the lead with a perfect set of jumps until Smith's last attempt clearance of 4.30.
Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Cornelius Warmerdam (USA)||4.77 m||Modesto, United States||23 May 1942|
|Olympic record||Earle Meadows (USA)||4.35 m||Berlin, Germany||5 August 1936|
|Saturday, 31 July 1948||11:00||Qualifications|
|Monday, 2 August 1948||14:30||Finals|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 4.00m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||Guinn Smith||United States||4.00||Q|
|1||Bob Richards||United States||4.00||Q|
|1||Boo Morcom||United States||4.00||Q|
|1||Joe Barbosa||Puerto Rico||4.00||Q|
|1||José Vicente||Puerto Rico||4.00||Q|
|17||Richard Webster||Great Britain||3.60|
|Guinn Smith||United States||xo||xo||o||xxo||xpp||4.30|
|Bob Richards||United States||o||xo||xo||xxx||4.20|
|6||Boo Morcom||United States||o||pass||xxx||3.95|
|9||José Barbosa||Puerto Rico||xxo||3.95|
|9||José Vicente||Puerto Rico||xxo||3.95|
- 1948 Summer Olympics results: Men's pole vault, from http://www.sports-reference.com/; retrieved 2010-07-11.
- Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad, The (1948). The Official Report of the Organising Committee for the XIV Olympiad. LA84 Foundation. Retrieved 5 September 2016.