Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XVIII Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Dates 15–17 October
Competitors 32 from 20 nations
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Fred Hansen  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Wolfgang Reinhardt  United Team of Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Klaus Lehnertz  United Team of Germany
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Athletics at the
1964 Summer Olympics
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The men's pole vault was one of four men's jumping events on the Athletics at the 1964 Summer Olympics program in Tokyo. Qualification was held on 15 October 1964, with the final on 17 October. 32 athletes from 20 nations entered, with 1 not starting in the qualification round. The final lasted over seven hours, to date the longest competition in history. All finalists qualified at 4.60, however in the final five were unable to achieve the height again.

At this point in time, the United States had never lost and Olympic pole vault competition. In the final, the last remaining American was Fred Hansen, who at the time was also the world record holder. Hansen cleared 5 meters on his first attempt, but so did three German athletes, making it a four way tie. Hansen passed the next height, watching as only Wolfgang Reinhardt was able to clear. Re-entering the competition at 5.10, Hansen failed his first two attempts, but so did Reinhardt. Hansen then sailed over his final attempt, while Reinhart could not. Hansen continued the American streak, which would survive through one more Olympics until the 1972 pole vault controversy, when defending champion Bob Seagren had his pole confiscated at the games and had to compete on an unfamiliar, borrowed pole.

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Vaulters had to clear 4.60 metres to qualify for the final. The bar start at 4.20 metres, increasing gradually to 4.60 metres. Each jumper had three attempts at each height or could skip any lower height (but could not return to a lower height if he determined that he could not succeed).

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 4.20 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60
1 Risto Ankio  Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Gennadiy Bliznetsov  Soviet Union 4.60 metres 1st
Sergey Demin  Soviet Union 4.60 metres 2nd 1st
Herve D'Encausse  France 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st
Igor Feld  Soviet Union 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Fred Morgan Hansen  United States 4.60 metres 1st
Taisto Laitinen  Finland 4.60 metres 1st 2nd
Klaus Lehnertz  United Team of Germany 4.60 metres 1st 2nd 1st
Roman Lesek  Yugoslavia 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Gerry Moro  Canada 4.60 metres 2nd 2nd 1st
Pentti Nikula  Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Christos Papanikolau  Greece 4.60 metres 2nd 2nd 1st
Billy Gene Pemelton  United States 4.60 metres 1st
John Pennel  United States 4.60 metres 2nd
Manfred Preussger  United Team of Germany 4.60 metres 3rd 1st
Wolfgang Reinhardt  United Team of Germany 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Ignacio Sola  Spain 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st 3rd
Rudolf Tomasek  Czechoslovakia 4.60 metres 1st 1st
Yang Chuan-kwang  Taiwan 4.60 metres 1st 1st 1st
20 Dave Stevenson  Great Britain 4.50 metres 1st 1st 1st Fail
21 Rolando Cruz  Puerto Rico 4.50 metres 1st 3rd 1st Fail
22 Morita Hisao  Japan 4.40 metres 1st Fail
23 Werner Duttweiler  Switzerland 4.40 metres 1st 1st Fail
24 Torii Yoshimasa  Japan 4.40 metres 1st 2nd Fail
25 Renato Dionisi  Italy 4.20 metres 1st Fail
Otsubo Masashi  Japan 4.20 metres 1st Fail
27 Paul Coppejans  Belgium 4.20 metres 3rd Fail
28 Dimitar Khlebarov  Bulgaria No mark Fail
Maurice Houvion  France No mark Fail
Włodzimierz Sokołowski  Poland No mark Fail
Valbjoern Thorlaksson  Iceland Did not start
Wu Ar Min  Taiwan Did not start

Final[edit]

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 4.40 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.85 4.90 4.95 5.00 5.05 5.10
1 Fred Morgan Hansen  United States 5.10 metres OR 1st 1st 1st 1st 3rd
2 Wolfgang Reinhardt  United Team of Germany 5.05 metres 2nd 2nd 2nd 2nd 1st 1st Fail
3 Klaus Lehnertz  United Team of Germany 5.00 metres 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st 2nd 1st Fail
4 Manfred Preussger  United Team of Germany 5.00 metres 3rd 1st 1st 1st Fail
5 Gennadiy Bliznetsov  Soviet Union 4.95 metres 1st 1st 1st 1st 1st Fail
6 Rudolf Tomasek  Czechoslovakia 4.90 metres 1st 1st 2nd 1st Fail
7 Pentti Nikula  Finland 4.90 metres 2nd 2nd 1st 3rd 2nd 1st Fail
8 Billy Gene Pemelton  United States 4.80 metres 1st 1st Fail
9 Igor Feld  Soviet Union 4.80 metres 1st 3rd 2nd Fail
10 Gerry Moro  Canada 4.70 metres 1st 2nd 1st Fail
11 John Pennel  United States 4.70 metres 2nd Fail
12 Risto Ankio  Finland 4.70 metres 1st 2nd Fail
13 Roman Lesek  Yugoslavia 4.70 metres 1st 3rd 2nd Fail
14 Taisto Laitinen  Finland 4.60 metres 1st 1st Fail
15 Sergey Demin  Soviet Union 4.40 metres 1st Fail
Herve D'Encausse  France 4.40 metres 1st Fail
Ignacio Sola  Spain 4.40 metres 1st Fail
18 Christos Papanikolau  Greece 4.40 metres 2nd Fail
19 Yang Chuan-kwang  Taiwan No mark Fail

References[edit]

  • Official Report