Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's pole vault

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Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date16–19 August 2016
Competitors38 from 24 nations
Winning height4.85 m
1st place, gold medalist(s) Katerina Stefanidi  Greece
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sandi Morris  United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Eliza McCartney  New Zealand
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The women's pole vault competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium between 16–19 August.[1]


It took a clean round to 4.55 m to qualify. Holly Bradshaw, Lisa Ryzih, Jennifer Suhr, Eliza McCartney, Yarisley Silva and Martina Strutz already had misses and had to jump 4.60. All but Strutz did it on their first attempt. Ekaterini Stefanidi had passed the lower heights and took her only attempt at 4.60, which was successful to qualify.

In the final, 4.60 proved to be the end of the line as both returning Olympic medalists from 2012, Suhr and Silva topped out. They left tied with one miss each. 2012 bronze medalist Yelena Isinbayeva did not return because Russia's athletics team was suspended from international competition for state-sponsored doping. Six women were able to clear 4.70, McCartney and Stefanidi were tied with the lead, each without a miss. Stefanidi missed her first attempt at 4.80, so when McCartney remained perfect, she took the lead. Stefanidi, Sandi Morris and Alana Boyd all cleared on their second attempt. After missing her first attempt at 4.80, Nicole Büchler saved her two remaining attempts for 4.85 (she missed both). Stefanidi took the lead with a second attempt clearance of 4.85 m (15 ft 10 34 in). Morris followed with a clearance of her own. When McCartney and Boyd were unable to clear the bar, Morris was guaranteed silver. Neither were able to clear 4.90 m (16 ft 34 in), though on Morris' last attempt, knowing it was all or nothing for the gold medal, it looked like she was well over the bar, her thigh just catching the bar on the way down to dislodge it. 19 year old McCartney equaled her National Record, set in March 2016.

The medals were presented by Irena Szewińska and Svein Arne Hansen.

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and is eliminated if she 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 were reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes reach a height they can not jump.


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 09:45 Qualifications
Friday, 19 August 2016 20:30 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
2016 World leading  Sandi Morris (USA) 4.93 m Houston, USA 23 July 2016

The following national record was established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Height Notes
New Zealand  Eliza McCartney (NZL) Final 4.80 m =



  • 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]

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

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.15 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.60 Result Notes
1 A Katerina Stefanidi  Greece o 4.60 Q
2 A Holly Bradshaw  Great Britain o xo o 4.60 Q
A Lisa Ryzih  Germany xo o 4.60 Q
B Jennifer Suhr  United States xo o 4.60 Q
5 A Eliza McCartney  New Zealand xxo xo o 4.60 Q
B Yarisley Silva  Cuba xo xxo o 4.60 Q
7 B Martina Strutz  Germany o xo o xo 4.60 Q
8 A Kelsie Ahbe  Canada o o o 4.55 q
A Alana Boyd  Australia o o 4.55 q
B Nicole Büchler  Switzerland o o 4.55 q
A Sandi Morris  United States o o 4.55 q
B Tina Šutej  Slovenia o o o o 4.55 q
13 B Minna Nikkanen  Finland o xo o xxx 4.55
14 B Angelica Bengtsson  Sweden o o o xo xxx 4.55
A Maryna Kylypko  Ukraine o o o xo xxx 4.55
16 B Li Ling  China o xo xo xxx 4.55
17 A Michaela Meijer  Sweden o o xxx 4.45
B Alysha Newman  Canada o o xxx 4.45
19 A Jiřina Ptáčníková  Czech Republic o xo xxx 4.45
A Lexi Weeks  United States o xo xxx 4.45
21 B Sonia Malavisi  Italy o o xxo xxx 4.45
B Annika Roloff  Germany o xxo xxx 4.45
23 A Angelica Moser  Switzerland xo xxo xxo xxx 4.45
24 B Romana Maláčová  Czech Republic o o xxx 4.30
A Wilma Murto  Finland o xxx 4.30
B Marta Onofre  Portugal o o xxx 4.30
27 B Tori Pena  Ireland o xo xxx 4.30
28 A Vanessa Boslak  France o xxo xxx 4.30
29 A Joana Costa  Brazil o xxx 4.15
B Annika Newell  Canada o xxx 4.15
B Diamara Planell  Puerto Rico o xxx 4.15
A Femke Pluim  Netherlands o xxx 4.15
A Maria Leonor Tavares  Portugal o xxx 4.15
34 B Iryna Yakaltsevich  Belarus xxo xxx 4.15
B Fabiana Murer  Brazil xxx NM
A Ren Mengqian  China xxx NM
B Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou  Greece DNS
A Robeilys Peinado  Venezuela DNS


Rank Name Nationality 4.35 4.50 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.85 4.90 Result Notes
1st place, gold medalist(s) Katerina Stefanidi  Greece o o xo xo xxx 4.85
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Sandi Morris  United States o o xo xo xo xxx 4.85
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Eliza McCartney  New Zealand o o o o xxx 4.80 =NR
4 Alana Boyd  Australia o o xxo xo xxx 4.80
5 Holly Bradshaw  Great Britain o xo o xxx 4.70 SB
6 Nicole Büchler  Switzerland o xxo o x– xx 4.70
7 Jennifer Suhr  United States xo xxx 4.60
Yarisley Silva  Cuba o xo xxx 4.60
9 Martina Strutz  Germany o o xxo xxx 4.60
10 Lisa Ryzih  Germany o xxx 4.50
11 Tina Šutej  Slovenia o xo xxx 4.50
12 Kelsie Ahbe  Canada xxo xxo xxx 4.50


  1. ^ "Rio 2016". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26.