| Athletics |
|Men||Armand Duplantis 6.18 m (20 ft 3+1⁄4 in) (2020)|
|Women||Yelena Isinbayeva 5.06 m (16 ft 7 in) (2009)|
|Men||Thiago Braz da Silva 6.03 m (19 ft 9+1⁄4 in) (2016)|
|Women||Yelena Isinbayeva 5.05 m (16 ft 6+3⁄4 in) (2008)|
|World Championship records|
|Men||Dmitri Markov 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) (2001)|
|Women||Yelena Isinbayeva 5.01 m (16 ft 5 in) (2005)|
Pole vaulting, also known as pole jumping, is a track and field event in which an athlete uses a long and flexible pole, usually made from fiberglass or carbon fiber, as an aid to jump over a bar. Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, Cretans and Celts. It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and since 2000 for women.
It is typically classified as one of the four major jumping events in athletics, alongside the high jump, long jump and triple jump. It is unusual among track and field sports in that it requires a significant amount of specialised equipment in order to participate, even at a basic level. A number of elite pole vaulters have had backgrounds in gymnastics, including world record breakers Yelena Isinbayeva and Brian Sternberg, reflecting the similar physical attributes required for the sports.Running speed, however, may be the most dominant factor. Physical attributes such as speed, agility and strength are essential to pole vaulting effectively, but technical skill is an equally if not more important element. The object of pole vaulting is to clear a bar or crossbar supported upon two uprights (standards) without knocking it down.
Poles were used as a practical means of passing over natural obstacles in marshy places such as the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, along the North Sea, and the great level of the Fens in England across Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Artificial draining of these marshes created a network of open drains or canals intersecting each other. To cross these without getting soaked, while avoiding tedious roundabout journeys over bridges, a stack of jumping poles was kept at every house and used for vaulting over the canals.
Distance pole vaulting competitions continue to be held annually in the lowlands around the North Sea. These far-jumping competitions (Frisian: Fierljeppen ) are not based on height.
In his book The Mechanics of the Pole Vault, Richard Ganslen reports that the London Gymnastic Society under Professor Voelker held measured pole vaulting events in 1826, involving 1,300 participants and recording heights up to 10 ft 10 in (3.3 m). Other early pole vaulting competitions where height was measured took place at the Ulverston Football and Cricket Club, Lancashire, north of the sands (now Cumbria) in 1843. Modern competition began around 1850 in Germany, when pole vaulting was added to the exercises of the Turner gymnastic clubs by Johann C. F. GutsMuths and Friedrich L. Jahn. In Great Britain, it was first practiced at the Caledonian Games.
Initially, vaulting poles were made from stiff materials such as bamboo or aluminum.The introduction of flexible vaulting poles in the early 1950s made from composites such as fiberglass or carbon fiber allowed vaulters to achieve greater height.
In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof". This rule was not applied retroactively,With many indoor facilities not conforming to outdoor track specifications for size and flatness, the pole vault is the only world record set indoors.
Today, athletes compete in the pole vault as one of the four jumping events in track and field. Because the high jump and pole vault are both vertical jumps, the competitions are conducted similarly. Each athlete can choose what height they would like to enter the competition. Once they enter, they have three attempts to clear the height. If a height is cleared, the vaulter advances to the next height, where they will have three more attempts. Once the vaulter has three consecutive misses, they are out of the competition and the highest height they cleared is their result. A "no height", often denoted "NH", refers to the failure of a vaulter to clear any bar during the competition.
Once the vaulter enters the competition, they can choose to pass heights. If a vaulter achieves a miss on their first attempt at a height, they can pass to the next height, but they will only have two attempts at that height, as they will be out once they achieve three consecutive misses. Similarly, after earning two misses at a height, they could pass to the next height, when they would have only one attempt.
The competitor who clears the highest height is the winner. If two or more vaulters have finished with the same height, the tie is broken by the number of misses at the final height. If the tied vaulters have the same number of misses at the last height cleared, the tie is broken by the total number of misses in the competition.
If there is still a tie for first place, a jump-off occurs to break the tie. Marks achieved in this type of jump-off are considered valid and count for any purpose that a mark achieved in a normal competition would.
If a tie in the other places still exists, a jump-off is not normally conducted, unless the competition is a qualifying meet, and the tie exists in the final qualifying spot. In this case, an administrative jump-off is conducted to break the tie, but the marks are not considered valid for any other purpose than breaking the tie.
A jump-off is a sudden death competition in which the tied vaulters attempt the same height, starting with the last attempted height. If both vaulters miss, the bar goes down by a small increment, and if both clear, the bar goes up by a small increment. A jump-off ends when one vaulter clears and the other misses. Each vaulter gets one attempt at each height until one makes and one misses.
The equipment and rules for pole vaulting are similar to the high jump. Unlike high jump, however, the athlete in the vault has the ability to select the horizontal position of the bar before each jump and can place it a distance beyond the back of the box, the metal pit that the pole is placed into immediately before takeoff. The range of distance the vaulter may place the standards varies depending on the level of competition.
If the pole used by the athlete dislodges the bar from the uprights, a foul attempt is ruled, even if the athlete has cleared the height. An athlete does not benefit from quickly leaving the landing pad before the bar has fallen. The exception to this rule if the vaulter is vaulting outdoors and has made a clear effort to throw the pole back, but the wind has blown the pole into the bar; this counts as a clearance. This call is made at the discretion of the pole vault official. If the pole breaks during the execution of a vault, it is considered an equipment failure and is ruled a non-jump, neither a make nor a miss. Other types of equipment failure include the standards slipping down or the wind dislodging the bar when no contact was made by the vaulter.
Each athlete has a set amount of time in which to make an attempt. The amount of time varies by level of competition and the number of vaulters remaining. If the vaulter fails to begin an attempt within this time, the vaulter is charged with a time foul and the attempt is a miss.
Poles are manufactured with ratings corresponding to the vaulter's maximum weight. As a safety precaution, some organizations forbid use of poles rated below the vaulter's weight. The recommended weight corresponds to a flex rating that is determined by the manufacturer by applying a standardized amount of stress (most commonly a 50 lb (23 kg) weight) on the pole and measuring how much the center of the pole is displaced. Therefore, two poles rated at the same weight are not necessarily the same stiffness.
Pole stiffness and length are important factors to a vaulter's performance. Therefore, it is not uncommon for an elite vaulter to carry as many as ten poles to a competition. The effective length of a pole can be changed by gripping the pole higher or lower in relation to the top of the pole. The left and right handgrips are typically a bit more than shoulder width apart. Poles are manufactured for people of all skill levels and body sizes, with lengths between 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in) and 5.30 m (17 ft 5 in) and a wide range of weight ratings. Each manufacturer determines the weight rating for the pole and the location of the maximum handhold band.
Speed is an essential element to high jumps. The energy produced by the run is converted to vertical propulsion . Assuming no loss of energy , this means that .
Competitive pole vaulting began using solid ash poles. As the heights attained increased, bamboo poles gave way to tubular aluminum,which was tapered at each end. Today's pole vaulters benefit from poles produced by wrapping pre-cut sheets of fiberglass that contains resin around a metal pole mandrel, to produce a slightly curved pole that bends more easily under the compression caused by an athlete's take-off. The shape of the fiberglass sheets and the amount of fiberglass used is carefully planned to provide the desired length and stiffness of pole. Different fiber types, including carbon-fiber, are used to give poles specific characteristics intended to promote higher jumps. In recent years, carbon fiber has been added to the commonly used E-glass and S-glass materials to create a lighter pole.
As in the high jump, the landing area was originally a heap of sawdust or sand where athletes landed on their feet. As technology enabled higher vaults, mats evolved into bags of large chunks of foam. Today's high-tech mats are foam usually 1–1.5 meters (3 ft 3 in–4 ft 11 in) thick. Mats are growing larger in area as well to minimize risk of injury. Proper landing technique is on the back or shoulders. Landing on the feet should be avoided, to eliminate the risk of injury to the lower extremities, particularly ankle sprains.
Rule changes over the years have resulted in larger landing areas and additional padding of all hard and unyielding surfaces.
The pole vault crossbar has evolved from a triangular aluminum bar to a round fiberglass bar with rubber ends. This is balanced on standards and can be knocked off when it is hit by a pole vaulter or the pole. Rule changes have led to shorter pegs and crossbar ends that are semi-circular.
Although many techniques are used by vaulters at various skill levels to clear the bar, the generally accepted technical model can be broken down into several phases:
During the approach the pole vaulter sprints down the runway in such a way as to achieve maximum speed and correct position to initiate takeoff at the end of the approach. Top class vaulters use approaches with 18 to 22 strides, often referred to as a "step" in which every other foot is counted as one step. The run-up to the vaulting pit begins forcefully with the vaulter running powerfully in a relaxed, upright position with knees lifted and torso leaning very slightly forward. The head, shoulders and hips are aligned, the vaulter increasing speed as the body becomes erect. The tip of the vaulting pole is angled higher than eye level until three paces from takeoff, when the pole tip descends efficiently, amplifying run speed as the pole is planted into the vault box. The faster the vaulter can run and the more efficient their take-off is, the greater the kinetic energy that can be achieved and used during the vault.
The plant and take off is initiated typically three steps out from the final step. Vaulters will usually count their steps backwards from their starting point to the box only counting the steps taken on the left foot (vice versa for left-handers) except for the second step from the box, which is taken by the right foot. For example; a vaulter on a "ten count" (referring to the number of counted steps from the starting point to the box) would count backwards from ten, only counting the steps taken with the left foot, until the last three steps taken and both feet are counted as three, two, one. These last three steps are normally quicker than the previous strides and are referred to as the "turn-over". The goal of this phase is to efficiently translate the kinetic energy accumulated from the approach into potential energy stored by the elasticity of the pole, and to gain as much initial vertical height as possible by jumping off the ground. The plant starts with the vaulter raising their arms up from around the hips or mid-torso until they are fully outstretched above the head, with the right arm extended directly above the head and the left arm extended perpendicular to the pole (vice versa for left-handed vaulters). At the same time, the vaulter is dropping the pole tip into the box. On the final step, the vaulter jumps off the trail leg which should always remain straight and then drives the front knee forward. As the pole slides into the back of the box the pole begins to bend and the vaulter continues up and forward, leaving the trail leg angled down and behind.
The swing and row simply consists of the vaulter swinging the trail leg forward and rowing the pole, bringing the top arm down to the hips, while trying to keep the trail leg straight to store more potential energy into the pole, the rowing motion also keeps the pole bent for a longer period of time for the vaulter to get into optimum position. Once in a "U" shape the left arm hugs the pole tight to efficiently use the recoil within the pole. The goal is to carry out these motions as thoroughly and as quickly as possible; it is a race against the unbending of the pole. Effectively, this causes a double pendulum motion, with the top of the pole moving forward and pivoting from the box, while the vaulter acts as a second pendulum pivoting from the right hand. This action gives the vaulter the best position possible to be "ejected" off the pole. The swing continues until the hips are above the head and the arms are pulling the pole close to the chest; from there the vaulter shoots their legs up over the cross bar while keeping the pole close.
The extension refers to the extension of the hips upward with outstretched legs as the shoulders drive down, causing the vaulter to be positioned upside down. This position is often referred to as "inversion". While this phase is executed, the pole begins to recoil, propelling the vaulter quickly upward. The hands of the vaulter remain close to the body as they move from the shins back to the region around the hips and upper torso.
The turn is executed immediately after or even during the end of the rockback. As the name implies, the vaulter turns 180° toward the pole while extending the arms down past the head and shoulders. Typically the vaulter will begin to angle their body toward the bar as the turn is executed, although ideally the vaulter will remain as vertical as possible. A more accurate description of this phase of the vault may be "the spin" because the vaulter spins around an imaginary axis from head to toe.
This is often highly emphasized by spectators and novice vaulters, but it is the easiest phase of the vault and is a result of proper execution of previous phases. This phase mainly consists of the vaulter pushing off the pole and releasing it so it falls away from the bar and mats. As the torso goes over and around the bar, the vaulter is facing the bar. Rotation of the body over the bar occurs naturally, and the vaulter's main concern is making sure that their arms, face and any other appendages do not knock the bar off as they go over. The vaulter should land near the middle of the foam landing mats, or pits, face up.
set prior to IAAF acceptance of indoor events as equivalent with outdoor events (in 2000)
|1||6.18 m (20 ft 3 in)||Armand Duplantis (SWE)||15 February 2020||Glasgow (indoor)|
|2||6.16 m (20 ft 2+1⁄2 in)||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)||15 February 2014||Donetsk (indoor)|
|3||6.15 m (20 ft 2 in)||Sergey Bubka (UKR)||21 February 1993||Donetsk (indoor)|
|4||6.06 m (19 ft 10+1⁄2 in)||Steve Hooker (AUS)||7 February 2009||Boston (indoor)|
|Sam Kendricks (USA)||27 July 2019||Des Moines|
|6||6.05 m (19 ft 10 in)||Maksim Tarasov (RUS)||16 June 1999||Athens|
|Dmitri Markov (AUS)||9 August 2001||Edmonton|
|8||6.04 m (19 ft 9+3⁄4 in)||Brad Walker (USA)||8 June 2008||Eugene|
|9||6.03 m (19 ft 9+1⁄4 in)||Okkert Brits (RSA)||18 August 1995||Cologne|
|Jeff Hartwig (USA)||14 June 2000||Jonesboro|
|Thiago Braz da Silva (BRA)||15 August 2016||Rio de Janeiro|
|12||6.02 m (19 ft 9 in)|
|Radion Gataullin (URS)||4 February 1989||Gomel (indoor)|
|Piotr Lisek (POL)||12 July 2019||Monaco|
|14||6.01 m (19 ft 8+1⁄2 in)||Igor Trandenkov (RUS)||4 July 1996||Saint Petersburg|
|Timothy Mack (USA)||18 September 2004||Monaco|
|Yevgeny Lukyanenko (RUS)||1 July 2008||Bydgoszcz|
|Björn Otto (GER)||5 September 2012||Aachen|
|18||6.00 m (19 ft 8 in)||Tim Lobinger (GER)||27 August 1997||Cologne|
|Jean Galfione (FRA)||6 March 1999||Maebashi (indoor)|
|Danny Ecker (GER)||11 February 2001||Dortmund (indoor)|
|Toby Stevenson (USA)||8 May 2004||Modesto|
|Paul Burgess (AUS)||25 February 2005||Perth|
|Timur Morgunov (ANA)||12 August 2018||Berlin|
|KC Lightfoot (USA)||13 February 2021||Lubbock (indoor)|
|6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) A||Shawnacy Barber (CAN)||15 January 2016||Reno (indoor)|
Below is a list of all other performances (excluding ancillary vaults) equal or superior to 6.00 m:
|1||5.06 m (16 ft 7 in)||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||28 August 2009||Zürich|
|2||5.03 m (16 ft 6 in)||Jennifer Suhr (USA)||30 January 2016||Brockport (indoor)|
|3||5.00 m (16 ft 4+3⁄4 in)||Sandi Morris (USA)||9 September 2016||Brussels|
|4||4.95 m (16 ft 2+3⁄4 in)||Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA)||29 September 2019||Doha|
|29 February 2020||Moscow (indoor)|
|5||4.94 m (16 ft 2+1⁄4 in)||Eliza McCartney (NZL)||17 July 2018||Jockgrim|
|Katie Nageotte (USA)||11 June 2021||Atlanta (indoor)|
|7||4.91 m (16 ft 1+1⁄4 in)||Yarisley Silva (CUB)||2 August 2015||Beckum|
|Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)||6 August 2017||London|
|9||4.90 m (16 ft 3⁄4 in)||Demi Payne (USA)||20 February 2016||New York City (indoor)|
|10||4.88 m (16 ft 0 in)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)||4 July 2004||Heraklion|
|11||4.87 m (15 ft 11+1⁄2 in)||Holly Bleasdale (GBR)||21 January 2012||Villeurbanne (indoor)|
|Fabiana Murer (BRA)||3 July 2016||São Bernardo do Campo|
|13||4.85 m (15 ft 10+3⁄4 in)||Anna Rogowska (POL)||6 March 2011||Paris (indoor)|
|14||4.83 m (15 ft 10 in)||Stacy Dragila (USA)||8 June 2004||Ostrava|
|Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (GRE)||4 July 2015||Saint-Denis|
|Michaela Meijer (SWE)||1 August 2020||Norrköping|
|17||4.82 m (15 ft 9+3⁄4 in)||Monika Pyrek (POL)||22 September 2007||Stuttgart|
|Silke Spiegelburg (GER)||21 July 2012||Fontvieille|
|Alysha Newman (CAN)||24 August 2019||Saint-Denis|
|28 August 2019||Zürich (indoor)|
|Nina Kennedy (AUS)||13 March 2021||Sydney|
|21||4.81 m (15 ft 9+1⁄4 in)||Alana Boyd (AUS)||2 July 2016||Sunshine Coast|
|Angelica Bengtsson (SWE)||24 February 2019||Clermont-Ferrand (indoor)|
|23||4.80 m (15 ft 8+3⁄4 in)||Martina Strutz (GER)||30 August 2011||Daegu|
|Nicole Büchler (SUI)||17 March 2016||Portland (indoor)|
|25||4.78 m (15 ft 8 in)||Tatyana Polnova (RUS)||19 September 2004||Monaco|
|Robeilys Peinado (VEN)||19 February 2020||Liévin (indoor)|
|Olivia Gruver (USA)||7 February 2021||Fayetteville (indoor)|
Below is a list of all other performances (excluding ancillary vaults) equal or superior to 4.90 m:
The "six metres club" consists of pole vaulters who have reached at least 6.00.In 1985 Sergey Bubka became the first pole vaulter to clear six metres.
|6.15||Sergey Bubka||Soviet Union / Ukraine||6.14||6.15||1985|
|Sam Kendricks||United States||6.06||6.01||2017|
|Dmitri Markov||Belarus / Australia||6.05||5.85||1998|
|6.04||Brad Walker||United States||6.04||5.86||2006|
|6.03||Okkert Brits||South Africa||6.03||5.90||1995|
|Jeff Hartwig||United States||6.03||6.02||1998|
|Thiago Braz da Silva||Brazil||6.03||5.93||2016|
|6.02||Rodion Gataullin||Soviet Union / Russia||6.00||6.02||1989|
|Timothy Mack||United States||6.01||5.85||2004|
|Toby Stevenson||United States||6.00||5.81||2004|
|Timur Morgunov||Authorised Neutral Athletes||6.00||5.91||2018|
|KC Lightfoot||United States||5.82||6.00||2021|
Three women have cleared 5 metres. Yelena Isinbayeva was the first to clear 5.00 m (16 ft 4+3⁄4 in) on July 22, 2005. On March 2, 2013, Jenn Suhr cleared 5.02 m (16 ft 5+1⁄2 in) indoors to become the second. Sandi Morris cleared 5.00 meters on September 9, 2016, to become the third.
|Mark||Athlete||Nation||Outdoors||Indoors||Year first |
cleared 5 metres
|5.03||Jennifer Suhr||United States||4.93||5.03||2013|
|5.00||Sandi Morris||United States||5.00||4.95||2016|
This is a list of the first time a milestone mark was cleared.
|13 ft (3.96 m)||Robert Gardner||United States||1 June 1912|
|4 m (13 ft 1+1⁄2 in)||Marc Wright||United States||8 June 1912|
|14 ft (4.27 m)||Sabin Carr||United States||27 May 1927|
|4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)||William Sefton||United States||29 May 1937|
|15 ft (4.57 m)||Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam||United States||13 April 1940|
|16 ft (4.88 m)||John Uelses||United States||31 March 1962|
|5 m (16 ft 5 in)||Brian Sternberg||United States||27 April 1963|
|17 ft (5.18 m)||John Pennel||United States||24 August 1963|
|18 ft (5.49 m)||Christos Papanikolaou||Greece||24 October 1970|
|5.5 m (18 ft 1⁄2 in)||Kjell Isaksson||Sweden||8 April 1972|
|19 ft (5.79 m)||Thierry Vigneron||France||20 June 1981|
|6 m (19 ft 8 in)||Sergey Bubka||Soviet Union||13 July 1985|
|20 ft (6.10 m)||Sergey Bubka||Soviet Union||16 March 1991 (indoors)|
5 August 1991 (outdoors)
This is a list of the first-time milestones for women.
|4 m (13 ft 1+1⁄2 in)||Zhang Chunzhen||China||24 March 1991|
|14 ft (4.27 m)||Emma George||Australia||17 December 1995|
|4.5 m (14 ft 9 in)||Emma George||Australia||8 February 1997|
|15 ft (4.57 m)||Emma George||Australia||14 March 1998|
|16 ft (4.88 m)||Svetlana Feofanova||Russia||4 July 2004|
|5 m (16 ft 5 in)||Yelena Isinbayeva||Russia||22 July 2005|
| 1896 Athens || William Hoyt |
| Albert Tyler |
| Evangelos Damaskos |
| Ioannis Theodoropoulos |
| 1900 Paris || Irving Baxter |
| Meredith Colket |
| Carl Albert Andersen |
| 1904 St. Louis || Charles Dvorak |
| LeRoy Samse |
| Louis Wilkins |
| 1908 London || Edward Cook |
|none awarded|| Edward Archibald |
| Clare Jacobs |
| Alfred Gilbert |
| Bruno Söderström |
| 1912 Stockholm || Harry Babcock |
| Frank Nelson |
| William Halpenny |
| Frank Murphy |
| Marc Wright |
| Bertil Uggla |
| 1920 Antwerp || Frank Foss |
| Henry Petersen |
| Edwin Myers |
| 1924 Paris || Lee Barnes |
| Glen Graham |
| James Brooker |
| 1928 Amsterdam || Sabin Carr |
| William Droegemueller |
| Charles McGinnis |
| 1932 Los Angeles || Bill Miller |
| Shuhei Nishida |
| George Jefferson |
| 1936 Berlin || Earle Meadows |
| Shuhei Nishida |
| Sueo Ōe |
| 1948 London || Guinn Smith |
| Erkki Kataja |
| Bob Richards |
| 1952 Helsinki || Bob Richards |
| Don Laz |
| Ragnar Lundberg |
| 1956 Melbourne || Bob Richards |
| Bob Gutowski |
| Georgios Roubanis |
| 1960 Rome || Don Bragg |
| Ron Morris |
| Eeles Landström |
| 1964 Tokyo || Fred Hansen |
| Wolfgang Reinhardt |
United Team of Germany
| Klaus Lehnertz |
United Team of Germany
| 1968 Mexico City || Bob Seagren |
| Claus Schiprowski |
| Wolfgang Nordwig |
| 1972 Munich || Wolfgang Nordwig |
| Bob Seagren |
| Jan Johnson |
| 1976 Montreal || Tadeusz Ślusarski |
| Antti Kalliomäki |
| David Roberts |
| 1980 Moscow || Władysław Kozakiewicz |
| Tadeusz Ślusarski |
| Konstantin Volkov |
| 1984 Los Angeles || Pierre Quinon |
| Mike Tully |
| Earl Bell |
| Thierry Vigneron |
| 1988 Seoul || Sergey Bubka |
| Radion Gataullin |
| Grigoriy Yegorov |
| 1992 Barcelona || Maksim Tarasov |
| Igor Trandenkov |
| Javier García |
| 1996 Atlanta || Jean Galfione |
| Igor Trandenkov |
| Andrei Tivontchik |
| 2000 Sydney || Nick Hysong |
| Lawrence Johnson |
| Maksim Tarasov |
| 2004 Athens || Timothy Mack |
| Toby Stevenson |
| Giuseppe Gibilisco |
| 2008 Beijing || Steve Hooker |
| Yevgeny Lukyanenko |
| Derek Miles |
| 2012 London || Renaud Lavillenie |
| Björn Otto |
| Raphael Holzdeppe |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Thiago Braz da Silva |
| Renaud Lavillenie |
| Sam Kendricks |
| 2000 Sydney || Stacy Dragila |
| Tatiana Grigorieva |
| Vala Flosadóttir |
| 2004 Athens || Yelena Isinbayeva |
| Svetlana Feofanova |
| Anna Rogowska |
| 2008 Beijing || Yelena Isinbayeva |
| Jennifer Stuczynski |
| Svetlana Feofanova |
| 2012 London || Jennifer Suhr |
| Yarisley Silva |
| Yelena Isinbayeva |
| 2016 Rio de Janeiro || Katerina Stefanidi |
| Sandi Morris |
| Eliza McCartney |
| 1983 Helsinki ||Sergey Bubka (URS)||Konstantin Volkov (URS)||Atanas Tarev (BUL)|
| 1987 Rome ||Sergey Bubka (URS)||Thierry Vigneron (FRA)||Radion Gataullin (URS)|
| 1991 Tokyo ||Sergey Bubka (URS)||István Bagyula (HUN)||Maksim Tarasov (URS)|
| 1993 Stuttgart ||Sergey Bubka (UKR)||Grigoriy Yegorov (KAZ)|| Maksim Tarasov (RUS)|
Igor Trandenkov (RUS)
| 1995 Gothenburg ||Sergey Bubka (UKR)||Maksim Tarasov (RUS)||Jean Galfione (FRA)|
| 1997 Athens ||Sergey Bubka (UKR)||Maksim Tarasov (RUS)||Dean Starkey (USA)|
| 1999 Seville ||Maksim Tarasov (RUS)||Dmitri Markov (AUS)||Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Dmitri Markov (AUS)||Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)||Nick Hysong (USA)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA)||Okkert Brits (RSA)||Patrik Kristiansson (SWE)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Rens Blom (NED)||Brad Walker (USA)||Pavel Gerasimov (RUS)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Brad Walker (USA)||Romain Mesnil (FRA)||Danny Ecker (GER)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Steve Hooker (AUS)||Romain Mesnil (FRA)||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)|
| 2011 Daegu ||Paweł Wojciechowski (POL)||Lázaro Borges (CUB)||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Raphael Holzdeppe (GER)||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)||Björn Otto (GER)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Shawnacy Barber (CAN)||Raphael Holzdeppe (GER)|| Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)|
Pawel Wojciechowski (POL)
Piotr Lisek (POL)
| 2017 London ||Sam Kendricks (USA)||Piotr Lisek (POL)||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)|
| 2019 Doha ||Sam Kendricks (USA)||Armand Duplantis (SWE)||Piotr Lisek (POL)|
| 1999 Seville ||Stacy Dragila (USA)||Anzhela Balakhonova (UKR)||Tatiana Grigorieva (AUS)|
| 2001 Edmonton ||Stacy Dragila (USA)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)||Monika Pyrek (POL)|
| 2003 Saint-Denis ||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)||Annika Becker (GER)||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)|
| 2005 Helsinki ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Monika Pyrek (POL)||Pavla Hamáčková (CZE)|
| 2007 Osaka ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Kateřina Baďurová (CZE)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)|
| 2009 Berlin ||Anna Rogowska (POL)|| Chelsea Johnson (USA)|
Monika Pyrek (POL)
| 2011 Daegu ||Fabiana Murer (BRA)||Martina Strutz (GER)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)|
| 2013 Moscow ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Jenn Suhr (USA)||Yarisley Silva (CUB)|
| 2015 Beijing ||Yarisley Silva (CUB)||Fabiana Murer (BRA)||Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (GRE)|
| 2017 London ||Ekaterini Stefanidi (GRE)||Sandi Morris (USA)|| Robeilys Peinado (VEN)|
Yarisley Silva (CUB)
| 2019 Doha ||Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA)||Sandi Morris (USA)||Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)|
|1985 Paris [A]||Sergey Bubka (URS)||Thierry Vigneron (FRA)||Vasiliy Bubka (URS)|
| 1987 Indianapolis ||Sergey Bubka (URS)||Earl Bell (USA)||Thierry Vigneron (FRA)|
| 1989 Budapest ||Radion Gataullin (URS)||Grigoriy Yegorov (URS)||Joe Dial (USA)|
| 1991 Seville ||Sergey Bubka (URS)||Viktor Ryzhenkov (URS)||Ferenc Salbert (FRA)|
| 1993 Toronto ||Radion Gataullin (RUS)||Grigoriy Yegorov (KAZ)||Jean Galfione (FRA)|
| 1995 Barcelona ||Sergey Bubka (UKR)||Igor Potapovich (KAZ)|| Okkert Brits (RSA)|
Andrei Tivontchik (GER)
| 1997 Paris ||Igor Potapovich (KAZ)||Lawrence Johnson (USA)||Maksim Tarasov (RUS)|
| 1999 Maebashi ||Jean Galfione (FRA)||Jeff Hartwig (USA)||Danny Ecker (GER)|
| 2001 Lisbon ||Lawrence Johnson (USA)||Tye Harvey (USA)||Romain Mesnil (FRA)|
| 2003 Birmingham ||Tim Lobinger (GER)||Michael Stolle (GER)||Rens Blom (NED)|
| 2004 Budapest ||Igor Pavlov (RUS)||Adam Ptáček (CZE)||Denys Yurchenko (UKR)|
| 2006 Moscow ||Brad Walker (USA)||Alhaji Jeng (SWE)||Tim Lobinger (GER)|
| 2008 Valencia ||Yevgeny Lukyanenko (RUS)||Brad Walker (USA)||Steve Hooker (AUS)|
| 2010 Doha ||Steve Hooker (AUS)||Malte Mohr (GER)||Alexander Straub (USA)|
| 2012 Istanbul ||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)||Björn Otto (GER)||Brad Walker (USA)|
| 2014 Sopot ||Konstadinos Filippidis (GRE)||Malte Mohr (GER)||Jan Kudlička (CZE)|
| 2016 Portland ||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)||Sam Kendricks (USA)||Piotr Lisek (POL)|
| 2018 Birmingham ||Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)||Sam Kendricks (USA)||Piotr Lisek (POL)|
| 1997 Paris ||Stacy Dragila (USA)||Emma George (AUS)||Cai Weiyan (CHN)|
| 1999 Maebashi ||Nastja Ryshich (GER)||Vala Flosadóttir (ISL)|| Nicole Humbert (GER)|
Zsuzsanna Szabó-Olgyai (HUN)
| 2001 Lisbon ||Pavla Hamáčková (CZE)|| Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)|
Kellie Suttle (USA)
| 2003 Birmingham ||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Monika Pyrek (POL)|
| 2004 Budapest ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Stacy Dragila (USA)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)|
| 2006 Moscow ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Anna Rogowska (POL)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)|
| 2008 Valencia ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Jennifer Stuczynski (USA)|| Fabiana Murer (BRA)|
Monika Pyrek (POL)
| 2010 Doha ||Fabiana Murer (BRA)||Svetlana Feofanova (RUS)||Anna Rogowska (POL)|
| 2012 Istanbul ||Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS)||Vanessa Boslak (FRA)||Holly Bleasdale (GBR)|
| 2014 Sopot ||Yarisley Silva (CUB)|| Anzhelika Sidorova (RUS)|
Jiřina Svobodová (CZE)
| 2016 Portland ||Jennifer Suhr (USA)||Sandi Morris (USA)||Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)|
| 2018 Birmingham ||Sandi Morris (USA)||Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA)||Katerina Stefanidi (GRE)|
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Yelena Gadzhievna Isinbayeva is a Russian former pole vaulter. She is a two-time Olympic gold medalist, a three-time World Champion, the current world record holder in the event, and is widely considered the greatest female pole-vaulter of all time. Isinbayeva was banned from the 2016 Rio Olympics after the appearance of an independent report about an extensive state-sponsored doping programme in Russia, thus dashing her hopes of a grand retirement winning the Olympic gold medal. She retired from athletics in August 2016 after being elected to serve an 8-year term on the IOC's Athletes' Commission.
The men's pole vault competition at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens was held at the Olympic Stadium on 25–27 August. Thirty-nine athletes from 25 nations competed. The event was won by Timothy Mack of the United States, the nation's 18th victory in the men's pole vault. Toby Stevenson took silver, making it the second consecutive Games that Americans finished 1st and 2nd. Giuseppe Gibilisco's bronze was Italy's first medal in the event.
The first world record in the men's pole vault was recognized by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 1912.
Jean Galfione is a retired, French pole vaulter. During his pole vaulting career, he won at least one medal in each of the following major international competitions - the Olympic Games, the World Championships, the World Indoor Championships, the European Championships and the European Indoors Championships
John Thomas Pennel was an American pole vaulter, and four-time world record holder.
Renaud Lavillenie is a French pole vaulter. Lavillenie won the gold medal at the 2012 Olympics in London and the silver medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio. In addition to his Olympic success, he has won three World Indoor Championships gold medals (record), three European Championships gold medals and four European Indoor Championships gold medals. He has also won one silver medal and four bronze medals at the World Championships. As of 25 August 2016, he holds the French national records for the highest pole vault clearance both outdoors and indoors. The 6.16 was the absolute world record for the pole vault for over 6 years, 2014–2020. He was the pole vault overall winner of the IAAF Diamond League in seven consecutive years, from 2010 to 2016.
Jack Bryan Whitt is an American pole vaulter. His personal best jump indoors is 5.72 m, achieved in June 2012 in Tulsa, OK. His best outdoor jump of 5.70 m came in May 2013 in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He will represent the United States at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow.
Holly Bethan Bradshaw is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the pole vault. She is the current British record holder in the event indoors and outdoors, with clearances of 4.87 metres and 4.81 metres. She won a bronze medal at the 2012 World Indoor Championships, a gold medal at the 2013 European Indoor Championships, a bronze medal at the 2018 European Championships, and a silver medal at the 2019 European Indoor Championships. She also won at the 2018 Athletics World Cup. Coached by Scott Simpson, she has been consistently ranked among the world's best and has been ranked in the world top ten on the Track and Field News merit rankings four times.
Luke Cutts is a British pole vaulter. His personal best of 5.83 m set in 2014 is the British indoor record for the event. His outdoor best of 5.70 m puts him third on the all-time British lists.
Mary Saxer is an American track and field athlete who competes in the pole vault. She holds a personal record of 4.71 m for the event, set in 2014.
William Healy Sefton was an American pole vaulter. Sefton broke the pole vault world record several times in 1937 and placed fourth in the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
Sally Peake is a British track and field athlete who specialises in the pole vault. She has a personal best of 4.40 m for the event, which is a Welsh record. She was the silver medallist in the pole vault at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Alysha Newman is a Canadian track and field athlete specialized in pole vault. She is the reigning Commonwealth Games champion in the women's pole vault following the 2018 Games in the Gold Coast, where she set a new Games record of 4.75 metres (15.6 ft).
The men's pole vault competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium between 13–15 August. Thirty-one athletes from 16 nations competed. Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil won the gold medal, the nation's first medal in the men's pole vault. Renaud Lavillenie of France was unable to successfully defend his 2012 gold, but became the seventh man to win two medals with silver this time. Sam Kendricks's bronze returned the United States to the podium after a one-Games absence.
Sam Kendricks is an American pole vaulter. He is a three-time indoor and six-time outdoor national champion (2014–2019), the 2016 Olympics bronze medalist, and the 2017 World Champion. In 2019, Kendricks set the American pole vault record at 6.06 m, tying him with Steve Hooker for fourth all time. He later won the gold medal at the World Championships in Doha.
Armand "Mondo" Duplantis is an American-born Swedish pole vaulter and the current world indoor record holder with a height of 6.18 metres and a world best (outdoor) of 6.15 metres. Duplantis won gold as a 15-year-old in the boys' pole vault at the 2015 World Youth Championships and holds a number of age group world bests. He won the gold medal at the 2018 European Championships with a height of 6.05 metres, and the silver medal at the 2019 World Championships. Duplantis has also won the 2020 Diamond League and the 2021 European Indoor Championships, setting Championship Bests at both.
Demi Payne is an American track and field athlete whose specialty is pole vaulting. She is the daughter of American pole vaulter Bill Payne. Payne competed collegiately for Stephen F. Austin State University. She competed in the pole vault event at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics in Beijing, China. Demi Payne won gold medal on March 1, 2015 2015 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships Pole Vault with a height of 4.55 m. She won a bronze medal June 28, 2015 USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships Pole Vault with a height of 4.60 m
Eliza McCartney is a New Zealand track and field athlete who competes in the pole vault and won the bronze medal in this event at the 2016 Summer Olympics. She is the current New Zealand and Oceania record holder at 4.94 m, and is the outdoor world junior record holder at 4.64 m. She also won the silver medal at the Summer Universiade in 2015. In 2018, she placed second at the Commonwealth Games.
Gabriela Mihalcea is a Romanian former track and field athlete who competed in the high jump and pole vault. She holds the Romanian record of 4.25 m for the pole vault. She was two-time national champion in high jump and a six-time pole vault champion.
The men's pole vault at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships took place on March 17, 2016.