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

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Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
Venue Beijing National Stadium
Dates 16 August 2008 (qualification)
18 August 2008 (final)
Competitors 36 from 24 nations
Winning height 5.05 m WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jennifer Stuczynski  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Svetlana Feofanova  Russia
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The women's pole vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place between August 16 and 18 at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

The qualifying standards were 4.45 m (A standard) and 4.30 m (B standard).[2]

The final was won by Yelena Isinbayeva, who set a new world record height of 5.05 meters for the discipline.

During the finals, one of the poles which Brazilian Fabiana Murer would use disappeared, causing her to spend 10–15 minutes trying to get it back.[3] The lost time and having to use another pole led her to bad results. Murer complained about the organization,[4] and would only return to China 7 years later at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, this time winning a silver medal.[5]

Records[edit]

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

World record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.04 Monaco, Monaco 29 July 2008
Olympic record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.91 Athens, Greece 24 August 2004

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Height Notes
18 August Final Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 5.05 WR

Results[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

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualifying performance: 4.60 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.00 4.15 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60 Result Notes[6]
1 A Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia o 4.60 Q
2 B Vanessa Boslak  France o o o o 4.50 q, =SB
2 A Gao Shuying  China o o o 4.50 q
2 B Fabiana Murer  Brazil o o 4.50 q
2 B Jennifer Stuczynski  United States o 4.50 q
6 A Svetlana Feofanova  Russia xo o 4.50 q
6 A April Steiner Bennett  United States xo o o 4.50 q
8 A Monika Pyrek  Poland o xo 4.50 q
8 B Anna Rogowska  Poland o xo 4.50 q
10 B Yuliya Golubchikova  Russia o xo xo 4.50 q
10 A Carolin Hingst  Germany o xo o xo 4.50 q
12 B Silke Spiegelburg  Germany xxo o xo 4.50 q
13 A Naroa Agirre  Spain o o o xo xxx 4.40 =SB
14 A Anastasija Reiberger  Germany o xo xo xxx 4.40
15 B Kate Dennison  Great Britain xo xo xo xxo xxx 4.40 =PB
16 B Alana Boyd  Australia o xxx 4.30
16 B Roslinda Samsu  Malaysia o o o xxx 4.30 =SB
18 B Kelsie Hendry  Canada xo xxx 4.30
19 A Joanna Piwowarska  Poland xo o xo xxx 4.30
19 A Afrodíti Skafída  Greece xo xo xxx 4.30
19 A Sandra-Helena Tavares  Portugal o xo xo xxx 4.30
22 B Nicole Büchler  Switzerland xxo o xxo xxx 4.30
23 A Marion Buisson  France o o xx 4.15
23 B Thórey Edda Elisdóttir  Iceland o xxx 4.15
25 B Zhou Yang  China xo o xxx 4.15
26 B Krisztina Molnár  Hungary xxo o xxx 4.15
27 A Natalya Kushch  Ukraine xxo xxx 4.15
27 B Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou  Greece xxo xxx 4.15
27 A Li Ling  China xxo xxx 4.15
27 A Yarisley Silva  Cuba xxo xxx 4.15
31 A Alejandra García  Argentina xxo xxo xxx 4.15
32 A Leila Ben Youssef  Tunisia xo xxx 4.00
32 A Vanessa Vandy  Finland xo xxx 4.00
34 B Anna Fitídou  Cyprus xxo xxx 4.00
B Kateřina Baďurová  Czech Republic xxx NM
B Erica Bartolina  United States xxx NM

WR – World Record / =SB – Equal Season Best / PB – Personal Best / SB – Season Best

Final[edit]

The final was held on August 18.

Rank Name Nationality 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.65 4.70 4.75 4.80 4.85 4.90 4.95 5.00 5.05 Result Notes[7]
1st, gold medalist(s) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia o o xxo xxo 5.05 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jennifer Stuczynski  United States o o xo o xxx 4.80
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Svetlana Feofanova  Russia o o xo o xxx 4.75 SB
4 Yulia Golubchikova  Russia o o xo o xo xxx 4.75 PB
5 Monika Pyrek  Poland o o o xo xxx 4.70
6 Carolin Hingst  Germany o o o xxo xxx 4.65 SB
7 Silke Spiegelburg  Germany o xo o xxo xxx 4.65
8 April Steiner Bennett  United States o o o xxx 4.55
9 Vanessa Boslak  France o o xo xxx 4.55 SB
10 Fabiana Murer  Brazil o xxx 4.45
10 Anna Rogowska  Poland o xxx 4.45
12 Gao Shuying  China o xxo xxx 4.45

WR – World Record / =SB – Equal Season Best / PB – Personal Best / SB – Season Best

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Isinbayeva wins with new record". BBC. 2008-08-18. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  4. ^ "Após sumiço de vara, Murer fica longe do pódio e critica organização" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008-08-18. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18. 
  5. ^ "Murer esquece trauma na China, iguala melhor marca e é prata no Mundial" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2015-08-26. Retrieved 2015-08-26. 
  6. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 – Results Pole Vault W Qualification". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-22. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 – Pole Vault W Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 20 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18.