Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

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Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
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Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 8–10 August
Competitors 32 from 23 nations
Winning height 5.97 OR
1st, gold medalist(s) Renaud Lavillenie  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Björn Otto  Germany
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Raphael Holzdeppe  Germany
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The Men's pole vault competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 8–10 August.[1]

Nobody took an attempt at the auto-qualifying mark. As it turned out, it took a clean round through 5.50 to make the final.

Four of the 14 finalists only cleared 5.50. Four passed to 5.65 where defending champion, oft injured Steven Hooker and former world champion Brad Walker failed to clear their opening height. The medals were decided at 5.85, Renaud Lavillenie clearing on his first attempt, Björn Otto on the second and Raphael Holzdeppe on his third. The two Germans cleared 5.91 on their first attempt, while Lavillenie missed. So Lavillenie strategically passed to 5.97. On his second attempt, it was all or nothing. Lavillenie cleared it cleanly. In silver medal position on fewer misses, Otto passed to hope for a miracle at 6.02 while Holzdeppe failed at 5.97 and took the bronze. Otto's attempt at 6.02 was close but a failure. With the gold in hand Lavillenie took his remaining couple of attempts at 6.07.

During one part of the competition, Cuban Lázaro Borges was attempting to mark 5.35 metres when his pole broke into three pieces.[2] The incident has been used in several Olympic bloopers videos.

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and was eliminated if he failed to clear any height. Athletes who successfully jumped the qualifying height moved on the final. If fewer than 12 reached that height, the best 12 moved on. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes reached a height they could not jump.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Wednesday, 8 August 2012 10:00 Qualifications
Friday, 10 August 2012 19:00 Finals


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

World record  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 m A Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Olympic record  Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.96 m Beijing, China 22 August 2008
2012 World leading  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.97 m Helsinki, Finland 1 July 2012

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
10 August Final  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 5.97 OR


Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 5.70m (Q) or at least best 12 (q) qualified.

Rank Group Name Nationality 5.20 5.35 5.50 5.60 5.65 Result Notes[4]
1 B Raphael Holzdeppe  Germany xo o 5.65 q
1 B Renaud Lavillenie  France xo - o 5.65 q
3 A Konstadinos Filippidis  Greece o o o - 5.60 q
4 A Yevgeny Lukyanenko  Russia xxo o - 5.60 q
4 A Romain Mesnil  France xo o xo - 5.60 q
4 B Brad Walker  United States xxo o - 5.60 q
7 B Dmitry Starodubtsev  Russia xo xo xo - 5.60 DSQ
8 A Łukasz Michalski  Poland xo xxo xo - 5.60 q
9 B Igor Bychkov  Spain o - o xx- x 5.50 q
9 A Steve Hooker  Australia - o - - 5.50 q
9 B Jan Kudlička  Czech Republic o o - - 5.50 q
9 A Steven Lewis  Great Britain o - - 5.50 q
9 A Malte Mohr  Germany - - o - - 5.50 q
9 A Björn Otto  Germany o - - 5.50 q
15 A Jeremy Scott  United States o xo xxx - 5.50
16 B Lázaro Borges  Cuba xxo xo xxx - 5.50
16 B Sergey Kucheryanu  Russia xxo xo xxx - 5.50
18 B Nikita Filippov  Kazakhstan o o xxx - - 5.35
18 A Maksym Mazuryk  Ukraine - o xxx - - 5.35 DSQ[5]
20 A Ivan Horvat  Croatia o xo xxx - - 5.35
20 B Yang Yansheng  China - xo xxx - - 5.35
22 B Mareks Ārents  Latvia xo xo xxx - - 5.35
23 B Stanislau Tsivonchyk  Belarus xo xxx - - - 5.20
24 A Edi Maia  Portugal xxo xxx - - - 5.20
N/A B Jere Bergius  Finland - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Fábio Gomes da Silva  Brazil xxx - - NM
N/A B Alhaji Jeng  Sweden - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Kim Yoo-Suk  South Korea xxx - - - - NM
N/A B Derek Miles  United States xxx - - - - NM
N/A B Paweł Wojciechowski  Poland - xxx - - - NM
N/A A Seito Yamamoto  Japan - xxx - - - NM
N/A B Denys Yurchenko  Ukraine - xxx - - - NM


Rank Name Nationality 5.50 5.65 5.75 5.85 5.91 5.97 6.02 6.07 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Renaud Lavillenie  France o o o x- xo x- xx 5.97 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Björn Otto  Germany o o xo xo o xx- x 5.91
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Raphael Holzdeppe  Germany xo xo xxo o xxx 5.91 PB
4 Steven Lewis  Great Britain xo xo xxx 5.75
4 Yevgeny Lukyanenko  Russia xo xo xxx 5.75 SB
6 Konstadinos Filippidis  Greece o xo xxx 5.65
7 Jan Kudlička  Czech Republic o xxo xxx 5.65
8 Malte Mohr  Germany o xxx 5.50
8 Romain Mesnil  France o xxx 5.50
10 Łukasz Michalski  Poland xo xxx 5.50
11 Igor Bychkov  Spain xxo xxx 5.50
N/A Brad Walker  United States xxx NM
N/A Steve Hooker  Australia xxx NM
- Dmitry Starodubtsev  Russia o xo o xxx 5.75 DSQ