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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 6, 1984
Date Finished: August 8, 1984

Gold: FRA Pierre Quinon
Silver: USA Mike Tully
Bronze: FRA Thierry Vigneron
USA Earl Bell

Summary

The Soviet-boycott weakened the field in this event, mainly by keeping out the Polish vaulters and Soviet Sergey Bubka, who had won the 1983 World Championships and broken the world record four times in 1984. He would have been a heavy favorite, but as his later record at the Olympics would show, that did not always count for much. In his absence the favorites were two Americans – Mike Tully and Earl Bell, and two Frenchman – Pierre Quinon and Thierry Vigneron. Quinon cleared 5.45 (17-10½) on his second attempt and then passed the next three heights. Tully, Bell, and Vigneron had first attempt clearances at 5.60 (18-4½). At 5.65 (18-6½), Quinon cleared on his first try, while Tully missed once and then passed to 5.70 (18-8¼). Bell and Vigneron went out at 5.70 (18-8¼). Quinon cleared on his first try at that height. Tully jumped after Quinon in the order and since he was behind, he passed again. Same thing at 5.75 (18-10¼) – Quinon over on his first effort, and Tully passes, trying to win the competition. At 5.80 (19-0¼), Tully missed three times and the gold medal was Quinon's, Tully second with his 5.65 (18-6½) clearances, and Bell and Vigneron sharing the bronze medal.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Pierre Quinon 22 France FRA Gold
2 Mike Tully 27 United States USA Silver
3T Thierry Vigneron 24 France FRA Bronze
3T Earl Bell 28 United States USA Bronze
5 Kimmo Pallonen 25 Finland FIN
6 Doug Lytle 21 United States USA
7 Felix Böhni 26 Switzerland SUI
8 Mauro Barella 27 Italy ITA
9 Alberto Ruiz 22 Spain ESP
10 Yang Weimin 26 China CHN
11 Jeff Gutteridge 27 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Tom Hintnaus 26 Brazil BRA
AC r2/2 Serge Ferreira 24 France FRA
AC r2/2 Tomomi Takahashi 28 Japan JPN
15 QR Brian Morrissette 27 United States Virgin Islands ISV
16 QR Keith Stock 27 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Ji Zebiao 19 China CHN
18 QR Edgardo Rivera 31 Puerto Rico PUR
AC QR Miro Zalar 27 Sweden SWE