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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 27, 2000
Date Finished: September 29, 2000

Gold: USA Nick Hysong
Silver: USA Lawrence Johnson
Bronze: RUS Maksim Tarasov

Summary

The top vaulter in 2004 was Jeff Hartwig, who had cleared 6.03 (19-9½) but he did not make the US team. Favored once again was Sergey Bubka (UKR), the greatest vaulter ever, but one who had known almost nothing but misery at the Olympics. In 1984, he could not compete because of the boycott. From 1988-2000 he was the favorite but won only in 1988. In 1992, he did not make a height in the final. In 1996 he withdrew from the qualifying with an Achilles’ injury. In Sydney, he opened at 5.70 (18-8¼) in the qualifying but did not clear that height and was out. His Olympic career as a competitor was over, although in 1999 he had been elected as a member of the IOC. There were eight vaulters left at 5.90 (19-4¼), all having cleared 5.80 (19-0¼). Only four were successful at 5.90 – Nick Hysong (USA) on his first attempt, Lawrence Johnson (USA) on his second attempt, and Maksim Tarasov (1992 gold medalist) (RUS) and Michael Stolle (GER) on their third attempts. Nobody could do any better and that settled the medals – Hysong gold, Johnson silver, and Tarasov getting bronze based on fewer total misses.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Nick Hysong 28 United States USA Gold
2 Lawrence Johnson 26 United States USA Silver
3 Maksim Tarasov 29 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Michael Stolle 25 Germany GER
5T Dmitri Markov 25 Australia AUS
5T Viktor Chistiakov 25 Australia AUS
7 Okkert Brits 27 South Africa RSA
8 Danny Ecker 23 Germany GER
9 Montxu Miranda 23 Spain ESP
10T Alex Averbukh 25 Israel ISR
10T Giuseppe Gibilisco 21 Italy ITA
10T Yevgeny Smiryagin 24 Russia RUS
13 Tim Lobinger 28 Germany GER
14 QR Štěpán Janáček 23 Czech Republic CZE
15 QR Rens Blom 23 Netherlands NED
16T QR Paul Burgess 21 Australia AUS
16T QR Javier García 34 Spain ESP
16T QR Jean Galfione 29 France FRA
16T QR Kevin Hughes 27 Great Britain GBR
20T QR Danny Krasnov 30 Israel ISR
20T QR Patrik Kristiansson 23 Sweden SWE
22T QR Thibaut Duval 21 Belgium BEL
22T QR Ilian Efremov 30 Bulgaria BUL
22T QR Martin Eriksson 29 Sweden SWE
25 QR Manabu Yokoyama 26 Japan JPN
26T QR Dominic Johnson 24 Saint Lucia LCA
26T QR Pavel Gerasimov 21 Russia RUS
26T QR Chad Harting 28 United States USA
29 QR João André 24 Portugal POR
30T QR Romain Mesnil 23 France FRA
30T QR Denys Yurchenko 22 Ukraine UKR
32 QR Nuno Fernandes 31 Portugal POR
AC QR Fotis Stefani 28 Cyprus CYP
AC QR Igor Potapovich 33 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC QR Robin Pratt 20 Mexico MEX
AC QR Sergey Bubka 36 Ukraine UKR