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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Athina, Greece
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Athens Olympic Sports Complex Spiros Loues, Maroussi
Date Started: August 25, 2004
Date Finished: August 27, 2004

Gold: USA Tim Mack
Silver: USA Toby Stevenson
Bronze: ITA Giuseppe Gibilisco

Summary

The biggest surprise in qualifying was the failures of Okkert Brits (RSA), 2003 World Championships runner-up, and Dmitry Markov (AUS), 2001 World Champion. In the final seven vaulters cleared 5.75 (18-10¼). Most passed to 5.85 (19-2¼), but Igor Pavlov (RUS) cleared 5.80 (19-0¼), while Danny Ecker (GER) went out at that height, and Lars Börgeling (GER) and Derek Miles (USA) had misses at the height before passing to the next height. This left six vaulters remaining at 5.85 (19-2¼). Pavlov missed twice and passed to 5.90 (19-4¼). Börgeling and Miles missed their attempts and went out. Three vaulters cleared – Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA), 2003 World Champion, led with his first attempt clearance, while Americans Tim Mack and Toby Stevenson got over on their second efforts. At 5.90 (19-4¼) Mack and Stevenson cleared on their first tries. Gibilisco missed once and passed to the next height, while Pavlov missed once and was out. At 5.95 (19-6¼), Mack had a third attempt clearance to win the gold medal, Stevenson winning silver and Gibilisco the bronze. Stevenson wore a helmet, the only top international vaulter to do so, keeping a promise he had made to his parents while in high school.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tim Mack 31 United States USA Gold OR
2 Toby Stevenson 27 United States USA Silver
3 Giuseppe Gibilisco 25 Italy ITA Bronze
4 Igor Pavlov 25 Russia RUS
5 Danny Ecker 27 Germany GER
6 Lars Börgeling 25 Germany GER
7 Derek Miles 31 United States USA
8 Alex Averbukh 29 Israel ISR
9T Rens Blom 27 Netherlands NED
9T Denys Yurchenko 26 Ukraine UKR
11T Paul Burgess 24 Australia AUS
11T Tim Lobinger 31 Germany GER
13T Daichi Sawano 23 Japan JPN
13T Pavel Gerasimov 25 Russia RUS
13T Ruslan Yeremenko 26 Ukraine UKR
16 Oleksandr Korchmid 22 Ukraine UKR
17 QR Matti Mononen 20 Finland FIN
18 QR Romain Mesnil 27 France FRA
19 QR Okkert Brits 30 South Africa RSA
20 QR Patrik Kristiansson 27 Sweden SWE
21 QR Nick Buckfield 31 Great Britain GBR
22T QR Dmitri Markov 29 Australia AUS
22T QR Adam Ptáček 23 Czech Republic CZE
22T QR Vesa Rantanen 28 Finland FIN
25 QR Jurij Rovan 29 Slovenia SLO
26 QR Piotr Buciarski 28 Denmark DEN
27 QR Spas Bukhalov 23 Bulgaria BUL
28T QR Steve Hooker 22 Australia AUS
28T QR Štěpán Janáček 27 Czech Republic CZE
28T QR Javier Gazol 23 Spain ESP
31T QR Nicolas Guigon 23 France FRA
31T QR Adam Kolasa 29 Poland POL
33T QR Marios Evangelou 23 Greece GRE
33T QR Kim Yu-Seok 22 South Korea KOR
AC QR Ilian Efremov 34 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Liu Feiliang 19 China CHN
AC QR Grigory Yegorov 37 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC QR Geovanni Lanaro 22 Mexico MEX
AC QR Vadim Strogalyev 29 Russia RUS