Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Women's pole vault

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Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Venue Stadium Australia
Date 23 – 25 August
Competitors 29
Winning height 4.60 OR
1st, gold medalist(s) Stacy Dragila  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tatiana Grigorieva  Australia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vala Flosadóttir  Iceland
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The official results of the Women's Pole Vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, held on Monday 25 September 2000. There were a total number of 30 participating athletes in this event, which made its Olympic debut. The qualifying round was held on Saturday 23 September 2000, with the qualifying height set at 4.35 metres.

While the pole vault had been a standard Olympic event for a century, dating back to the first revival in 1896, this was the first time the event had been held for women.

The favorite coming in to the event was world champion and world record holder Stacy Dragila, but the home favorite was Soviet transplant Australian Tatiana Grigorieva. 4.55m thinned the crowd to just those two athletes, Vala Flosadóttir setting her National record while taking the bronze medal, to date the only women's Olympic medal for Iceland. With Dragila's 4 misses in the competition, including one at 4.55m, Grigorieva had the lead. At 4.60m, Dragila reversed that with a clean clearance on her first attempt. Grigorieva was unable to match that and strategically moved to 4.65m, 2 cm higher than the world record Dragila had set in Sacramento in qualifying to the Olympics, to try to take the win. Neither competitor was able to clear 4.65m, Dragila took the gold and the Olympic record.


All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 23 September 2000 18:00 Qualification
Monday, 25 September 2000 18:00 Final


Prior to the competition, the existing World record was as follows. As this was a new event in the Olympics, no previous Olympic record existed.

World record  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.63 m Sacramento, United States 23 July 2000
Olympic record New Olympic event

The following record(s) were established during the competition:

Date Round Name Nationality Result Record
25 September Final Stacy Dragila  United States 4.60 m OR



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified

Qualifying round[edit]

Rule: Qualifying standard 4.35 (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.00 4.15 4.25 4.30 Result Notes
1 B Vala Flosadóttir  Iceland o o o o 4.30 q
B Kellie Suttle  United States o o o o 4.30 q
A Tatiana Grigorieva  Australia o o o 4.30 q
A Daniela Bártová  Czech Republic o o o 4.30 q
A Nicole Rieger-Humbert  Germany o o 4.30 q
A Anzhela Balakhonova  Ukraine o 4.30 q
7 B Shuying Gao  China o o xo o 4.40 q
B Elmarie Gerryts  South Africa o o xo o 4.30 q
B Yvonne Buschbaum  Germany xo o o 4.30 q
A Marie Rasmussen  Denmark o xo o o 4.30 q, NR
11 A Stacy Dragila  United States o o xo 4.30 q
12 A Monika Pyrek  Poland o o xxo xo 4.30 q
13 B Doris Auer  Austria o xxo xxo 4.30 q
14 B Melissa Mueller  United States o o o xxx 4.25
15 B Emma George  Australia o xxo xxx 4.25
B Mari Mar Sánchez  Spain o o xxo xxx 4.25
17 A Caroline Ammel  France o o xxx 4.15
18 B Marie Poissonnier  France xo o xxx 4.15
A Alejandra García  Argentina xo o xxx 4.15
20 A Janine Whitlock  Great Britain xxo o xxx 4.15
21 B Déborah Gyurcsek  Uruguay o xxo xxx 4.15
22 B Pavla Hamáčková  Czech Republic o xxx 4.00
A Þórey Edda Elísdóttir  Iceland o xxx 4.00
B Yelena Belyakova  Russia xxx NM
A Svetlana Feofanova  Russia xxx NM
A Zsuzsanna Szabo  Hungary xxx NM
B Katalin Donath  Hungary xxx NM
B Thaila Iakovidou  Greece xxx NM
A Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia xxx NM
A Tanya Koleva  Bulgaria xxx NM


Rank Name Nationality 4.00 4.15 4.25 4.35 4.40 4.45 4.50 4.55 4.60 4.65 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Stacy Dragila  United States o o xo o xxo xo o xxx 4.60 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Tatiana Grigorieva  Australia xo o o o o xo o x– xx 4.55 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Vala Flosadóttir  Iceland o o o o o o o xxx 4.50 NR
4 Daniela Bártová  Czech Republic o o xxo xxo o xxx 4.50
5 Nicole Humbert  Germany xxo xxo xxo xxo xxx 4.45
6 Yvonne Buschbaum  Germany xo o xo xxx 4.40
7 Monika Pyrek  Poland xo xxo o o xo xxx 4.40 NR
8 Marie Rasmussen  Denmark o o o o xxx 4.35 NR
9 Doris Auer  Austria o xxx 4.25
10 Gao Shuying  China o o xxx 4.15
11 Kellie Suttle  United States o xxx 4.00
Anzhela Balakhonova  Ukraine xxx NM
Elmarie Gerryts  South Africa xx– NM

See also[edit]