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Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games:

Women's Pole Vault

Athletics at the 2000 Summer Games: Next Summer Games

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Host City: Sydney, Australia
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Date Started: September 23, 2000
Date Finished: September 25, 2000

Gold: USA Stacy Dragila
Silver: AUS Tatiana Grigorieva
Bronze: ISL Vala Flosadóttir

Summary

From 1996-1999, Australia's Emma George had been dominant in this new event for women, setting 12 consecutive world records. But she was battling injuries and would not qualify for the final round. The favorite's role fell to America's Stacy Dragila, who broke George's world record in October 1999, and had set three new marks in 2000. She had also won the 1999 World Championships. There were four vaulters remaining after 4.50 metres (14-9) – Dragila, Russian émigré Tatiana Grigorieva competing for Australia, Icelander Vala Flosadóttir, and Czech Daniela Bártová. Bártová had competed at the Olympics in 1992 as a gymnast but had then turned to pole vaulting. In 1995 she had set nine world records, but George and Dragila had surpassed her. Only Dragila and Grigorieva cleared 4.55 (14-11). Dragila went over 4.60 (15-1) on her first attempt to win the gold. Grigorieva had a miss at 4.60 and then passed to 4.65 (15-3) but could not get over the height and Dragila won the gold medal. Grigorieva was the glamour girl of the event, with model-like looks and had recently done a nude photo layout in an Australian magazine.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Stacy Dragila 29 United States USA Gold 4.60 OR
2 Tatiana Grigorieva 24 Australia AUS Silver 4.55 OR
3 Vala Flosadóttir 22 Iceland ISL Bronze 4.50 OR
4 Daniela Bártová 26 Czech Republic CZE 4.50 OR
5 Nicole Humbert 28 Germany GER 4.45 OR
6 Yvonne Buschbaum 20 Germany GER 4.40 OR
7 Monika Pyrek 20 Poland POL 4.40 OR
8 Marie Bagger Rasmussen 27 Denmark DEN 4.35
9 Doris Auer 29 Austria AUT 4.25
10 Gao Shuying 20 China CHN 4.15
11 Kellie Suttle 27 United States USA 4.00
AC r2/2 Elmarie Gerryts 28 South Africa RSA NM
AC r2/2 Anzhela Balakhonova 27 Ukraine UKR NM
14 QR Mel Mueller 27 United States USA
15T QR Emma George 25 Australia AUS
15T QR María del Mar Sánchez 20 Spain ESP
17 QR Caroline Ammel 26 France FRA
18T QR Alejandra García 27 Argentina ARG
18T QR Marie Poissonnier 21 France FRA
20 QR Janine Whitlock 27 Great Britain GBR
21 QR Deborah Gyurcsek 21 Uruguay URU
22T QR Pavla Hamáčková 22 Czech Republic CZE
22T QR Þórey Edda Elísdóttir 23 Iceland ISL
AC QR Tanya Koleva-Stefanova 28 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Thaleia Iakovidou 28 Greece GRE
AC QR Katalin Donáth 20 Hungary HUN
AC QR Zsuzsa Szabó 27 Hungary HUN
AC QR Svetlana Feofanova 20 Russia RUS
AC QR Yelena Isinbayeva 18 Russia RUS
AC QR Yelena Belyakova 24 Russia RUS