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Athletics at the 1992 Barcelona Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992

Gold: EUN Maksim Tarasov
Silver: EUN Igor Trandenkov
Bronze: ESP Javier García

Summary

The overwhelming favorite was Sergey Bubka. He was a three-time World Champion, defending Olympic Champion, and by 1992 had set the last 16 world records in pole vaulting. On 5 August 1991 one of his world records was over 6.10 (20-0¼), which meant little to most people, but to the Imperial world, that was the first pole vault ever over clear 20 feet – and remains the only one thru 2008. He qualified easily, and opened in the final with 5.70 (18-8¼). Missing twice at that height he then passed to 5.75, where he also failed and he was out of the competition without a height. What had happened? One theory relates to the time allowed competitors in the pole vault, which is two minutes after being called for the next jump. As the star of the international circuit, Bubka was usually allowed to do what he wanted. But American Tim Bright had reminded the officials in Barcelona of the rules and Bubka later commented that it seemed like the clock was running faster than usual. In his absence the competition came down to two Russians, representing the Unified Team. Maksim Tarasov and Igor Trandenkov were the only vaulters over 5.80 (19-0¼), which decided the competition. Tarasov's first attempt clearance got him the gold medal, with silver to Trandenkov. Spaniard Javier García won the bronze medal to the delight of the Barcelona fans, with his second attempt clearance at 5.75 (18-10¼). America's Kory Tarpenning also made 5.75 (18-10¼), but on his third effort, and had to compete despite being booed by the partisan Spanish fans.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Maksim Tarasov 21 Unified Team EUN Gold
2 Igor Trandenkov 25 Unified Team EUN Silver
3 Javier García 26 Spain ESP Bronze
4 Kory Tarpenning 30 United States USA
5 David Volz 30 United States USA
6 Asko Peltoniemi 29 Finland FIN
7 Philippe Collet 28 France FRA
8 Danny Krasnov 22 Israel ISR
9 István Bagyula 23 Hungary HUN
10 Alberto Ruiz 30 Spain ESP
AC r2/2 Sergey Bubka 28 Unified Team EUN
AC r2/2 Tim Bright 31 United States USA
13 QR Jean Galfione 21 France FRA
14T QR Jani Lehtonen 23 Finland FIN
14T QR Philippe d'Encausse 25 France FRA
16 QR Galin Nikov 24 Bulgaria BUL
17 QR Valeri Bukrejev 28 Estonia EST
18 QR Edgardo Díaz 24 Puerto Rico PUR
19 QR Daniel Martí 19 Spain ESP
20 QR Andrea Pegoraro 25 Italy ITA
21 QR Peter Widén 25 Sweden SWE
22 QR Simon Arkell 26 Australia AUS
23 QR Khristos Pallakis 20 Greece GRE
24T QR Doug Wood 26 Canada CAN
24T QR Kersley Gardenne 20 Mauritius MRI
26T QR Fotis Stefani 20 Cyprus CYP
26T QR Mike Edwards 23 Great Britain GBR
28 QR Edward Lasquette 20 Philippines PHI
29 QR Nuno Fernandes 23 Portugal POR
AC QR Tómas Riether 28 Chile CHI
AC QR Hiroyuki Sano 23 Japan JPN
AC QR Kim Cheol-Gyun 23 South Korea KOR
AC QR Aleksandrs Obižajevs 32 Latvia LAT
AC QR Paul Gibbons 21 New Zealand NZL