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

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Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Jennifer Suhr London 2012.jpg
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 4–6 August 2012
Competitors 39 from 25 nations
Winning height 4.75 m
1st, gold medalist(s) Jennifer Suhr  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yarisley Silva  Cuba
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia
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The women's pole vault competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom, was held at the Olympic Stadium on 4–6 August.[1]

In the qualifying round, the 12 competitors who cleared 4.55 went into the final. Non-qualifiers included junior record holder Angelica Bengtsson, former world record holder Svetlana Feofanova and reigning world champion Fabiana Murer.

Wind and rain made conditions difficult in the final. The Gold medal was won by Jennifer Suhr who cleared 4.75, silver by Yarisley Silva who also cleared 4.75, but had one more missed attempt at a lower height and bronze by reigning champion Elena Isinbaeva who cleared 4.70.

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 they 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.[2]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 4 August 2012 10:20 Qualifications
Monday, 6 August 2012 19:00 Finals


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

World record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.06 m Zurich, Switzerland 28 August 2009
Olympic record  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 m Beijing, China 18 August 2008
2012 World leading  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.83 m Champaign, United States 7 July 2012



  • 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]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 4.60m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.10 4.25 4.40 4.50 4.55 Result Notes[3]
1 B Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia o o 4.55 q
1 A Yarisley Silva  Cuba o o 4.55 q
1 A Jennifer Suhr  United States o 4.55 q
4 A Lisa Ryzih  Germany o xo o 4.55 q
5 B Anna Rogowska  Poland xo xo o 4.55 q
6 B Silke Spiegelburg  Germany o xo 4.55 q
7 A Holly Bleasdale  Great Britain xo o xo 4.55 q
7 A Vanessa Boslak  France o xo o xo 4.55 q
7 A Martina Strutz  Germany o o xo xo 4.55 q
10 B Becky Holliday  United States xo xxo o xo 4.55 q
11 A Alana Boyd  Australia o xxo xxo xo 4.55 q
12 B Jiřina Ptáčníková  Czech Republic xo xo xxo 4.55 q
13 B Stélla-Iró Ledáki  Greece xxo o xo o xxx 4.50
14 B Fabiana Murer  Brazil xo xxx 4.50
15 B Lacy Janson  United States o o xxx 4.40
15 A Monika Pyrek  Poland o o xxx 4.40
17 A Anastasiya Shvedova  Belarus xo o xxx 4.40
18 A Jillian Schwartz  Israel o xxo o xxx 4.40
19 A Tomomi Abiko  Japan o o xxx 4.25
19 A Angelica Bengtsson  Sweden o xxx 4.25
19 B Mélanie Blouin  Canada o o xxx 4.25
19 B Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou  Greece o xxx 4.25
19 A Tina Šutej  Slovenia o o xxx 4.25
24 A Ekateríni Stefanídi  Greece xo o xxx 4.25
25 B Nicole Büchler  Switzerland xxo o xxx 4.25
26 B Kate Dennison  Great Britain xo xxx 4.25
26 B Nataliya Mazuryk  Ukraine xo xxx 4.25
26 A Minna Nikkanen  Finland o xo xxx 4.25
26 A Anastasia Savchenko  Russia xo xxx 4.25
30 A Li Ling  China xxo xxx 4.25
31 A Choi Yun-Hee  South Korea xo xxx 4.10
31 A Maria Leonor Tavares  Portugal xo xxx 4.10
33 B Marion Lotout  France xxo xxx 4.10
33 A Ganna Shelekh  Ukraine xxo xxx 4.10
N/A B Dailis Caballero  Cuba xxx NM
N/A B Svetlana Feofanova  Russia xx– x NM
N/A B Caroline Bonde Holm  Denmark xxx NM
N/A B Liz Parnov  Australia xxx NM
N/A B Tori Pena  Ireland xxx NM


Rank Name Nationality 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.65 4.70 4.75 4.80 Result Notes[4]
1st, gold medalist(s) Jennifer Suhr  United States o o xo xxx 4.75
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yarisley Silva  Cuba xo o o o xo xxx 4.75 =NR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia x– o o xx– x 4.70
4 Silke Spiegelburg  Germany o o x– xx 4.65
5 Martina Strutz  Germany xo o x– xx 4.55
6 Jiřina Ptáčníková  Czech Republic o xxo xx– x 4.45
6 Lisa Ryzih  Germany xxo xxx 4.45
6 Holly Bleasdale  Great Britain xxo xxx 4.45
9 Becky Holliday  United States xo xxo xxx 4.45
10 Vanessa Boslak  France xo xxx 4.30
11 Alana Boyd  Australia xxo xxx 4.30
N/A Anna Rogowska  Poland xxx NM


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  2. ^ "Women's High Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Olympic Games 2012 – Results Pole Vault W Qualification". Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Women's Pole Vault – Final". Retrieved 4 August 2012.