Men's pole vault world record progression

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The first world record in the men's pole vault was recognised by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912.[1]

As of June 21, 2009, 71 world records have been ratified by the IAAF in the event. The introduction in the early 1950s of flexible vaulting poles made from composites such as fiberglass or carbon fiber allowed vaulters to achieve greater height.[1]

Record progression[edit]

Record Athlete Nation Venue Date #[2]
4.02 m (13 ft 214 in) Marc Wright  United States Cambridge, U.S. June 8, 1912[1] 1
4.09 m (13 ft 5 in) Frank Foss  United States Antwerp, Belgium August 20, 1920[1] 1
4.12 m (13 ft 6 in) Charles Hoff  Norway Copenhagen, Denmark September 22, 1922[1] 1
4.21 m (13 ft 912 in) Charles Hoff  Norway Copenhagen, Denmark July 22, 1923[1] 2
4.23 m (13 ft 1012 in) Charles Hoff  Norway Oslo, Norway August 13, 1925[1] 3
4.25 m (13 ft 1114 in) Charles Hoff  Norway Turku, Finland September 27, 1925[1] 4
4.27 m (14 ft 0 in) Sabin Carr  United States Philadelphia, U.S. May 27, 1927[1] 1
4.30 m (14 ft 114 in) Lee Barnes  United States Fresno, U.S. April 28, 1928[1] 1
4.37 m (14 ft 4 in) William Graber  United States Palo Alto, U.S. July 16, 1932[1] 1
4.39 m (14 ft 434 in) Keith Brown  United States Boston, U.S. June 1, 1935[1] 1
4.43 m (14 ft 614 in) George Varoff  United States Princeton, New Jersey, U.S. July 4, 1936[1] 1
4.54 m (14 ft 1012 in) Bill Sefton  United States Los Angeles, U.S. May 29, 1937[1] 1
4.54 m (14 ft 1012 in) Earle Meadows  United States Los Angeles, U.S. May 29, 1937[1] 1
4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Fresno, U.S. June 29, 1940[1] 1
4.72 m (15 ft 534 in) Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Compton, U.S. June 26, 1941[1] 2
4.77 m (15 ft 734 in) Cornelius Warmerdam  United States Modesto, U.S. May 23, 1942[1] 3
4.78 m (15 ft 8 in) Robert Gutowski  United States Palo Alto, U.S. April 27, 1957[1] 1
4.80 m (15 ft 834 in) Don Bragg  United States Palo Alto, U.S. July 2, 1960[1] 1
4.83 m (15 ft 10 in) George Davies  United States Boulder, U.S. May 20, 1961[1] 1
4.89 m (16 ft 012 in) John Uelses  United States Santa Barbara, U.S. March 31, 1962[1] 1
4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) Dave Tork  United States Walnut, U.S. April 28, 1962[1] 1
4.94 m (16 ft 214 in) Pentti Nikula  Finland Kauhava, Finland June 22, 1962[1] 1
5.00 m (16 ft 434 in) Brian Sternberg  United States Philadelphia, U.S. April 27, 1963[1] 1
5.08 m (16 ft 8 in) Brian Sternberg  United States Compton June 7, 1963[1] 2
5.13 m (16 ft 934 in) John Pennel  United States London, England August 5, 1963[1] 1
5.20 m (17 ft 012 in) John Pennel  United States Coral Gables, U.S. August 24, 1963[1] 2
5.23 m (17 ft 134 in) Fred Hansen  United States San Diego, U.S. June 13, 1964[1] 1
5.28 m (17 ft 334 in) Fred Hansen  United States Los Angeles, U.S. July 25, 1964[1] 2
5.32 m (17 ft 514 in) Bob Seagren  United States Fresno, U.S. May 14, 1966[1] 1
5.34 m (17 ft 6 in) John Pennel  United States Los Angeles, U.S. July 23, 1966[1] 3
5.36 m (17 ft 7 in) Bob Seagren  United States San Diego, U.S. June 10, 1967[1] 2
5.38 m (17 ft 734 in) Paul Wilson  United States Bakersfield, U.S. June 23, 1967[1] 1
5.41 m (17 ft 834 in) A Bob Seagren  United States Echo Summit, U.S. September 12, 1968[1] 3
5.44 m (17 ft 10 in) John Pennel  United States Sacramento, U.S. June 21, 1969[1] 4
5.45 m (17 ft 1012 in) Wolfgang Nordwig  East Germany Berlin, Germany June 17, 1970[1] 1
5.46 m (17 ft 1034 in) Wolfgang Nordwig  East Germany Turin, Italy September 3, 1970[1] 2
5.49 m (18 ft 0 in) Christos Papanikolaou  Greece Athens, Greece October 24, 1970[1] 1
5.51 m (18 ft 034 in) Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Austin, U.S. April 8, 1972[1] 1
5.54 m (18 ft 2 in) Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Los Angeles, U.S. April 15, 1972[1] 2
5.55 m (18 ft 212 in) Kjell Isaksson  Sweden Helsingborg, Sweden June 12, 1972[1] 3
5.63 m (18 ft 512 in) Bob Seagren  United States Eugene, U.S. July 2, 1972[1] 4
5.65 m (18 ft 614 in) David Roberts  United States Gainesville, U.S. March 28, 1975[1] 1
5.67 m (18 ft 7 in) Earl Bell  United States Wichita, U.S. May 29, 1976[1] 1
5.70 m (18 ft 814 in) David Roberts  United States Eugene, U.S. June 22, 1976[1] 2
5.72 m (18 ft 9 in) Władysław Kozakiewicz  Poland Milan, Italy May 11, 1980[1] 1
5.75 m (18 ft 1014 in) Thierry Vigneron  France Paris, France June 1, 1980[1] 1
5.75 m (18 ft 1014 in) Thierry Vigneron  France Lille, France June 29, 1980[1] 2
5.77 m (18 ft 11 in) Philippe Houvion  France Paris, France July 17, 1980[1] 1
5.78 m (18 ft 1112 in) Władysław Kozakiewicz  Poland Moscow, Soviet Union July 30, 1980[1] 2
5.80 m (19 ft 014 in) Thierry Vigneron  France Mâcon, France June 20, 1981[1] 3
5.81 m (19 ft 012 in) Vladimir Polyakov  Soviet Union Tbilisi, Soviet Union June 26, 1981[1] 1
5.82 m (19 ft 1 in) Pierre Quinon  France Cologne, Germany August 28, 1983[1] 1
5.83 m (19 ft 112 in) Thierry Vigneron  France Rome, Italy September 1, 1983[1] 4
5.85 m (19 ft 214 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Bratislava, Czechoslovakia May 26, 1984[1] 1
5.88 m (19 ft 314 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Paris, France June 2, 1984[1] 2
5.90 m (19 ft 414 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union London, England July 13, 1984[1] 3
5.91 m (19 ft 412 in) Thierry Vigneron  France Rome, Italy August 31, 1984[1] 5
5.94 m (19 ft 534 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Rome, Italy August 31, 1984[1] 4
6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Paris, France July 13, 1985[1] 5
6.01 m (19 ft 812 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 8, 1986[1] 6
6.03 m (19 ft 914 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Prague, Czechoslovakia June 23, 1987[1] 7
6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Bratislava, Czechoslovakia June 9, 1988[1] 8
6.06 m (19 ft 1012 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Nice, France July 10, 1988[1] 9
6.07 m (19 ft 1034 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Shizuoka, Japan May 6, 1991[1] 10
6.08 m (19 ft 1114 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union June 9, 1991[1] 11
6.09 m (19 ft 1134 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Formia, Italy July 8, 1991[1] 12
6.10 m (20 ft 0 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union Malmö, Sweden August 5, 1991[1] 13
6.11 m (20 ft 012 in) Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Dijon, France June 13, 1992[1] 14
6.12 m (20 ft 034 in) Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Padua, Italy August 30, 1992[1] 15
6.13 m (20 ft 114 in) Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Tokyo, Japan September 19, 1992[1] 16
6.14 m (20 ft 112 in) A[3] Sergey Bubka  Ukraine Sestriere, Italy July 31, 1994[1] 17
6.16 m (20 ft 212 in) i[4] Renaud Lavillenie  France Donetsk, Ukraine February 15, 2014 1

A = mark set at altitude
i = indoor mark

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an ao ap aq ar as at au av aw ax ay az ba bb bc bd be bf bg bh bi bj bk bl bm bn bo bp bq br bs bt bu "12th IAAF World Championships In Athletics: IAAF Statistics Handbook. Berlin 2009." (PDF). Monte Carlo: IAAF Media & Public Relations Department. 2009. pp. Pages 546, 555–6. Archived from the original (pdf) on June 29, 2011. Retrieved August 5, 2009. 
  2. ^ The numbered occurrence of the athlete breaking the world record, in other words "#7" would indicate the 7th time the athlete broke the world record.
  3. ^ "From 2000, IAAF Rule 260.18s (formerly 260.6.a) was amended to say world records (as opposed to indoor world records) can be set in a facility 'with or without a roof.' So far, only one event - the women's pole vault - has been affected by this change, which was not applied retrospectively."[1] (p.546) Sergey Bubka set an indoor record of 6.15 m (20 ft 2 in) on February 21, 1993, in excess of the outdoor record, before this rule came into effect. Lavillenie's indoor world record was set after the rule came into effect, and thus since it exceeds Bubka's 6.14 m (20 ft 112 in) set outdoors, it is also the world record.
  4. ^ "Progression of IAAF World Records — 2015 edition" (pdf). Monte Carlo: IAAF. 2015. pp. 163–171. Retrieved 16 August 2016. 

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