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Athletics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 20, 2008
Date Finished: August 22, 2008

Gold: AUS Steve Hooker
Silver: RUS Yevgeniy Lukyanenko
Bronze: UKR Denys Yurchenko

Summary

The qualifying round for the pole vault started after 9 PM (2100) and took until after midnight to whittle the field down to 13 vaulters who had cleared 5.65 (18-6½). The automatic qualifier was 5.75 (18-10¼), but the officials mercifully allowed all 13 into the final rather than continuing into the wee hours to potentially eliminate one vaulter. One who did not qualify was American Brad Walker, 2007 World Champion and silver medalist in 2005. In the final, only six vaulters could get over 5.70 (18-8¼), but for four of them, they would go no higher. Of those Denys Yurchenko (UKR) won the bronze medal as he cleared 5.70 on one attempt and had only one miss at lower heights. Yurchenko was injured on that clearance and kept passing but never jumped again. That left Russia’s Yevgeny Lukyanenko and Australia’s Steve Hooker to contest the gold and silver medal. Lukyanenko seemed to have the advantage when he made 5.80 (19-0¼) on his first attempt, Hooker needing three tries to go clear. Both cleared 5.85 (19-2¼) on their third attempt. At 5.90, Hooker won the gold medal, again with a third-attempt clearance, and he kept going to an Olympic record 5.96 (19-6½), at which he cleared his fourth consecutive height on his third try.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Steve Hooker 26 Australia AUS Gold
2 Yevgeniy Lukyanenko 23 Russia RUS Silver
3 Denys Yurchenko 30 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Derek Miles 35 United States USA
5 Dmitry Starodubtsev 22 Russia RUS
6 Danny Ecker 31 Germany GER
7 Jérôme Clavier 25 France FRA
8 Raphael Holzdeppe 18 Germany GER
9 Igor Pavlov 29 Russia RUS
10 Jan Kudlička 20 Czech Republic CZE
11 Przemysław Czerwiński 25 Poland POL
AC r2/2 Leonid Andreyev 24 Uzbekistan UZB
AC r2/2 Giuseppe Gibilisco 29 Italy ITA
14T QR Alhaji Jeng 26 Sweden SWE
14T QR Romain Mesnil 31 France FRA
16T QR Paul Burgess 28 Australia AUS
16T QR Tim Lobinger 35 Germany GER
16T QR Maksym Mazuryk 25 Ukraine UKR
16T QR Daichi Sawano 27 Japan JPN
20T QR Jeff Hartwig 40 United States USA
20T QR Liu Feiliang 23 China CHN
22T QR Oleksandr Korchmid 26 Ukraine UKR
22T QR Mikko Latvala 28 Finland FIN
24 QR Jesper Fritz 22 Sweden SWE
25T QR Spas Bukhalov 27 Bulgaria BUL
25T QR Fábio Gomes 25 Brazil BRA
25T QR Geovanni Lanaro 26 Mexico MEX
28T QR Alex Averbukh 33 Israel ISR
28T QR Kevin Rans 25 Belgium BEL
30T QR Štěpán Janáček 31 Czech Republic CZE
30T QR Dominic Johnson 32 Saint Lucia LCA
32 QR Jurij Rovan 33 Slovenia SLO
AC QR Lázaro Borges 22 Cuba CUB
AC QR Germán Chiaraviglio 21 Argentina ARG
AC QR Ilian Efremov 38 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Kim Yu-Seok 26 South Korea KOR
AC QR Steve Lewis 22 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Brad Walker 27 United States USA