Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Final only.
At the US Olympic trials Bill Graber had broken the world record with 4.37 (14-4). He was favored but his teammates, Bill Miller – second at the trials, and George Jefferson, were also highly considered. Graber cleared 4.15 (13-7¼), passed 4.20 (13-9¼), and could not get over 4.25 (13-11¼) and had to settled for fourth. Miller, Jefferson, and Japan’s Shuhei Nishida all cleared 4.20, Nishida missing once. At 4.25 and 4.30 (14-1¼), Miller had first-attempt clearances, but Nishida would not go away – making both heights on his third tries. Finally, at 4.315 (14-1¾), Miller secured the gold medal with a third-attempt clearance while Nishida could not get over the bar. Miller failed three times at the world record height of 4.40 (14-5¼). Nishida was a Los Angeles crowd favorite for his sportsmanship in congratulating Miller.
|1||Bill Miller||19||United States||USA||Gold||4.315||OR|
|3||George Jefferson||22||United States||USA||Bronze||4.200||=OR|
|4||Bill Graber||21||United States||USA||4.150|
|6||Lúcio de Castro||21||Brazil||BRA||3.900|