Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Date20 August 2008 (qualification)
22 August 2008 (final)
Competitors38 from 25 nations
Winning height5.96 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Steven Hooker  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeny Lukyanenko  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derek Miles  United States
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The men's pole vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 20 and 22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 5.70 m (18.7 ft) (A standard) and 5.55 m (18.21 ft) (B standard).[2]

Records[edit]

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

World record Ukraine Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 m A Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Olympic record  Timothy Mack (USA) 5.95 m Athens, Greece 27 August 2004

A new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Height OR WR
22 August Final  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.96 m OR

Summary[edit]

Eight men were still in the competition at 5.70m. Yevgeny Lukyanenko and Denys Yurchenko cleared it on their first attempt. Derek Miles and Dmitry Starodubtsev cleared on their second, but Miles had the advantage because Starodubtsev took two additional attempts at 5.45m. Danny Ecker made it on his last attempt. Yurchenko would take no more attempts. Igor Pavlov passed to 5.75m and Steven Hooker continued to pass having only taken one jump in the entire competition. Only Ecker and Pavlov chose to jump at 5.75m, neither of them making it. At 5.80m, Lukyanenko was the only one to make it on his first attempt to take the lead. Miles and Starodubtsev couldn't clear the bar, but Hooker made his final attempt. At 5.85m, neither man made their first two attempts but each made their final attempt to advance to 5.90m. Again neither could clear on their first two attempts. On his final attempt, Hooker peaked in front of the bar, but was able to jackknife over the bar to make the clearance. On his final attempt, Lukyanenko brushed the bar off giving Hooker the gold. But the show wasn't over as Hooker had the bar raised to 5.96 m (19 ft 6 12 in) for a new Olympic record. For the fourth height in a row, Hooker missed his first two attempts, but sailed cleanly over the bar on his final attempt. After 13 attempts in the competition, Hooker stood in the middle of the pit and flexed his muscles. More than eight years after the competition, Yurchenko's doping sample was retested and he was found to have dehydrochlormethyltestosterone in his system. Yurchenko was disqualified, giving Miles a delayed bronze medal.

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualifying performance 5.75 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality 5.15 5.30 5.45 5.55 5.65 Result Notes
1 B Yevgeniy Lukyanenko  Russia - - - o o 5.65 q
1 A Igor Pavlov  Russia - - o - o 5.65 q
3 A Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan - o o o xo 5.65 q, =PB
3 A Jérôme Clavier  France - o - o xo 5.65 q
3 A Raphael Holzdeppe  Germany - - o o xo 5.65 q
3 A Denys Yurchenko  Ukraine - - o - xo DSQ q
7 B Przemysław Czerwiński  Poland - - o xo xo 5.65 q
7 A Jan Kudlička  Czech Republic o o - xo xo 5.65 q
9 B Danny Ecker  Germany - - xxo - xo 5.65 q
9 B Derek Miles  United States - - o xxo xo 5.65 q
11 A Dmitry Starodubtsev  Russia - xo - xxo xo 5.65 q
12 B Steven Hooker  Australia - - - - xxo 5.65 q
13 B Giuseppe Gibilisco  Italy - - xo o xxo 5.65 q, SB
14 B Alhaji Jeng  Sweden - - - o xxx 5.55
14 B Romain Mesnil  France - - - o xxx 5.55
16 A Paul Burgess  Australia - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 B Tim Lobinger  Germany - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 A Maksym Mazuryk  Ukraine - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 B Daichi Sawano  Japan - - o xo xxx 5.55
20 A Jeff Hartwig  United States - - o xxo xxx 5.55
20 A Liu Feiliang  China - o o xxo xxx 5.55
22 B Oleksandr Korchmid  Ukraine - - o xxx 5.45
22 B Mikko Latvala  Finland - - o - xxx 5.45
24 A Jesper Fritz  Sweden - xo o xxx 5.45
25 B Spas Bukhalov  Bulgaria - - xo - xxx 5.45
25 B Fábio Gomes da Silva  Brazil - - xo xxx 5.45
25 A Giovanni Lanaro  Mexico - - xo xxx 5.45
28 B Aleksandr Averbukh  Israel - - xxo - xxx 5.45
28 B Kevin Rans  Belgium - o xxo xxx 5.45
30 B Štěpán Janáček  Czech Republic o o - xxx 5.30
30 B Dominic Johnson  Saint Lucia - o xxx 5.30
32 A Jurij Rovan  Slovenia xx- o xxx 5.30
B Lázaro Borges  Cuba - xxx NM
A Germán Chiaraviglio  Argentina - xxx NM
A Iliyan Efremov  Bulgaria xxx NM
A Kim Yoo-Suk  South Korea - xxx NM
A Steven Lewis  Great Britain - - xxx NM
A Brad Walker  United States - - - - xxx NM

Final[edit]

Key

  • 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
Rank Name Nationality 5.45 5.60 5.70 5.75 5.80 5.85 5.90 5.96 Result Notes[3]
1st, gold medalist(s) Steven Hooker  Australia o xxo xxo xxo xxo 5.96 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeny Lukyanenko  Russia xxo o o xxo xxx 5.85
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derek Miles  United States o xxo xo xxx 5.70
4 Dmitry Starodubtsev  Russia xxo xxo xo xxx 5.70
5 Danny Ecker  Germany xo xxo xxx 5.70
6 Jérôme Clavier  France xo o xxx 5.60
7 Raphael Holzdeppe  Germany o xo xxx 5.60
8 Igor Pavlov  Russia xxo xxx 5.60
9 Jan Kudlička  Czech Republic o xxx 5.45
10 Przemysław Czerwiński  Poland xo xxx 5.45
Giuseppe Gibilisco  Italy xxx NM
Leonid Andreev  Uzbekistan xxx NM
DQ Denys Yurchenko  Ukraine xxo xo o 5.70
  • Denys Yurchenko of Ukraine originally finished third, but in November 2016, it was announced that he tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  3. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 - Pole Vault M Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-22.