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Athletics at the 1920 Antwerpen Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Antwerpen, Belgium
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Antwerpen
Date Started: August 18, 1920
Date Finished: August 20, 1920

Gold: USA Frank Foss
Silver: DEN Henry Petersen
Bronze: USA Ed Myers

Summary

This was a very easy victory for Frank Foss as he won it when he cleared 3.80 metres on his first try, and then went on to clear 3.90. He took one attempt at 4.00, but missed it, and then passed to 4.10 metres, which was re-measured as 4.09 metres, clearing it on his first attempt, for a new world record. Ed Myers, who won the bronze medal, was a bit of a disappointment as he cleared only 3.60. He had jumped 4.00 metres at the U.S. Olympic Trials in finishing second to Foss.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Frank Foss 24 United States USA Gold 4.09 WR
2 Henry Petersen 19 Denmark DEN Silver 3.70
3 Ed Myers 23 United States USA Bronze 3.60
4 Edward Knourek 27 United States USA 3.60
5 Ernfrid Rydberg 23 Sweden SWE 3.60
6 Laurits Jørgensen 23 Denmark DEN 3.60
7 Eldon Jenne 20 United States USA 3.60
8 Georg Högström 24 Sweden SWE 3.50
9 Johan Mattsson 25 Sweden SWE 3.50
10 André Francquenelle 30 France FRA 3.40
11 Paul Lagarde 29 France FRA 3.40
12 Jussi Ruoho 27 Finland FIN 3.40
13 René Joannes-Powell 24 Belgium BEL 3.30
AC QR Johann Martin 27 Estonia EST
AC QR Étienne Gajan 29 France FRA
AC QR Lars Erik Tirén 18 Sweden SWE