Athletics at the 1952 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XV Olympiad
Venue Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Dates July 21 (qualification)
July 22 (final)
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Bob Richards  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Don Laz  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ragnar Lundberg  Sweden
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Athletics at the
1952 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
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800 m men
1500 m men
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80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
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steeplechase
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4×100 m relay men women
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Road events
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Field events
Long jump men women
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Hammer throw men
Combined events
Decathlon men

These are the official results of the men's pole vault event at the 1952 Summer Olympics in Helsinki, Finland. The final was held on Tuesday July 22, 1952.

Records[edit]

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record United States 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

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Time OR WR
22 July Final  Bob Richards (USA) 4.55 m OR

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualification Criteria: Qualifying Performance 4.00 m advance to the Final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality Best height Notes
1 A Petro Denysenko  Soviet Union 4.00
1 A Tamás Homonnay  Hungary 4.00
1 B Erkki Kataja  Finland 4.00
1 B Ragnar Lundberg  Sweden 4.00
1 B Jukka Piironen  Finland 4.00
6 A Zeno Dragomir  Romania 4.00
6 B Don Laz  United States 4.00
6 B Lennart Lind  Sweden 4.00
6 B George Mattos  United States 4.00
6 B Bob Richards  United States 4.00
11 A Rigas Efstathiadis  Greece 4.00
11 B Erling Kaas  Norway 4.00
13 B Valto Olenius  Finland 4.00
14 B Viktor Knyazev  Soviet Union 4.00
15 A Volodymyr Brazhnyk  Soviet Union 4.00
16 A Theodosios Balafas  Greece 4.00
16 A Torfy Bryngeirsson  Iceland 4.00
18 B Bunkichi Sawada  Japan 4.00
19 B Milan Milakov  Yugoslavia 4.00
20 A Walter Hofstetter  Switzerland 3.90
21 B Ron Miller  Canada 3.90
22 A Tim Anderson  Great Britain 3.80
22 A Geoff Elliott  Great Britain 3.80
22 B Zenon Ważny  Poland 3.80
25 A Hélcio da Silva  Brazil 3.60
26 A Gamal El-Din El-Sherbini  Egypt 3.60
B Georgios Roubanis  Greece NM
B José Vicente  Puerto Rico NM

Final[edit]

The final was held on August 19.

Rank Athlete Nationality 3.60 3.80 3.95 4.10 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.55 4.60 Result
1st, gold medalist(s) Bob Richards  United States o o o o o xo xxo xxx 4.55 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Don Laz  United States o o o o o xo xxx 4.50
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ragnar Lundberg  Sweden o o xo o xxx 4.40
4 Petro Denysenko  Soviet Union o o xo o o xxx 4.40
5 Valto Olenius  Finland o xo xo xxx 4.30
6 Bunkichi Sawada  Japan o xxo o o xxx 4.20
7 Volodymyr Brazhnyk  Soviet Union o o o xo xxx 4.20
8 Viktor Knyazev  Soviet Union o o xo xo xxx 4.20
9 George Mattos  United States o xo xxo xxx 4.20
10 Erkki Kataja  Finland o o xxx 4.10
11 Tamás Homonnay  Sweden o o o xxx 4.10
11 Lennart Lind  Hungary o O o xxx 4.10
13 Milan Milakov  Yugoslavia o xo xo xxx 4.10
14 Rigas Efstathiadis  Greece o o xxx 3.95
14 Torfy Bryngeirsson  Iceland o o xxx 3.95
16 Erling Kaas  Norway o xxx 3.80
17 Theodosios Balafas  Greece o o xxx 3.80
18 Jukka Piironen  Finland xo xx 3.80
18 Zeno Dragomir  Romania xo xx 3.80

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