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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: St. Louis, United States
Venue(s): Francis Field, Washington University, St. Louis
Date Started: September 3, 1904
Date Finished: September 3, 1904
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Charles Dvorak
Silver: USA LeRoy Samse
Bronze: USA Lou Wilkins


Of the top American vaulters, only H. L. Gardner, 1903 IC4A and 1904 AAU champion, and Stanford's Norman Dole, a former world record holder though never the winner of a major title, were missing. Also missing was France's [Fernand Gonder], who in June had broken Dole's world record.

The bar was apparently raised 3" for each new height. At 11'3", five vaulters remained: [Charles Dvorak], [LeRoy Samse], [Lou Wilkins], [Ward McLanahan], and [Claude Allen]. Only Dvorak was able to clear 11'3), clinching the victory, and he also made 11'6), before missing three attempts at a new world record of 12'2). The other four began a jump-off at 10'9), which all made. Allen and McLanahan then missed 11', while Wilkins and Samse made that, and also 11'3). In a second series of jump-offs, McLanahan defeated Allen and Samse defeated Wilkins.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H(M) H(I)
1 Charles Dvorak 25 United States USA Gold 3.50 11-6 OR
2 LeRoy Samse 20 United States USA Silver 3.35 11-0 OR
3 Lou Wilkins 21 United States USA Bronze 3.35 11-0 OR
4 Ward McLanahan 21 United States USA 3.35 11-0 OR
5 Claude Allen 19 United States USA 3.35 11-0 OR
6 Walter Dray 18 United States USA
7 Paul Weinstein 26 Germany GER