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Women'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 21, 2004
Date Finished: August 24, 2004

Gold: RUS Yelena Isinbayeva
Silver: RUS Svetlana Feofanova
Bronze: POL Anna Rogowska

Summary

The huge favorite was Russian Yelena Isinbayeva who had broken the world record four times within the past year. Her teammate Svetlana Feofanova, 2002 European Champion, and twice a world-record setter was also given consideration. Stacy Dragila, the 2000 gold medalist, was back but was not expected to challenge the Russians, and she would not get thru the qualifying round. In the competition, Feofanova was the early leader at 4.70 (15-5) and 4.75 (15-7) as Isinbayeva had a single miss at each height and then passed to the next height. Needing to clear 4.80 (15-9) with only a single attempt left, she did so nicely, and won the gold when Feofanova had single misses at the next three heights, and had to settle for 4.75. Isinbayeva had clearances of 4.80 (15-9) and 4.85 (15-11), before having the bar set at a world record of 4.91 (16-1¼), which she cleared easily.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Yelena Isinbayeva 22 Russia RUS Gold OR
2 Svetlana Feofanova 24 Russia RUS Silver OR
3 Anna Rogowska 23 Poland POL Bronze OR
4 Monika Pyrek 24 Poland POL
5 Þórey Edda Elísdóttir 27 Iceland ISL
6T Dana Ellis 24 Canada CAN
6T Naroa Agirre 25 Spain ESP
6T Vanessa Boslak 22 France FRA
6T Anzhela Balakhonova 31 Ukraine UKR
10 Stephanie McCann 27 Canada CAN
11 Pavla Hamáčková 26 Czech Republic CZE
12 Kateřina Baďurová 21 Czech Republic CZE
13T Alejandra García 31 Argentina ARG
13T Silke Spiegelburg 18 Germany GER
AC Dana Cervantes 25 Spain ESP
16 QR Kym Howe 24 Australia AUS
17 QR Jillian Schwartz 24 United States USA
18T QR Georgia Tsilingkiri 32 Greece GRE
18T QR Krisztina Molnár 28 Hungary HUN
18T QR Anastasiya Ivanova-Shvedova 25 Russia RUS
18T QR Stacy Dragila 33 United States USA
22 QR Caroline Hingst 23 Germany GER
23 QR Zhao Yingying 18 China CHN
24T QR Tanya Koleva-Stefanova 32 Bulgaria BUL
24T QR Gao Shuying 24 China CHN
24T QR Anna Foitidou 27 Cyprus CYP
24T QR Floé Kühnert 20 Germany GER
24T QR Melina Hamilton 28 New Zealand NZL
24T QR Teja Melnik 24 Slovenia SLO
24T QR Nadine Rohr 27 Switzerland SUI
24T QR Kellie Suttle 31 United States USA
32 QR Takayo Kondo 28 Japan JPN
33 QR Carolina Torres 25 Chile CHI
34 QR Marie Poissonnier 25 France FRA
AC QR Afroditi Skafida 22 Greece GRE