Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012
Track & Field News had predicted that the gold in this event would go to France's [Renaud Lavillenie] with silver going to Germany's [Björn Otto]. Lavillenie was the 2012 World Indoor Champion and had twice won the European title. The defending champion was Australian [Steve Hooker], who made the final but he could not clear his opening height.
Six vaulters remained through 5.75 metres, but only Lavillenie, Otto and his teammate, [Raphael Holzdeppe], could clear 5.85, settling the podium, although the positions remained to be determined. Lavillenie was in the lead as he was perfect through 5.85. At 5.91 Otto and Holzdeppe had first attempt clearances and went ahead, with Otto in the lead. Lavillenie missed his first attempt at 5.91 and passed to the next height, 5.97. He had a second attempt clearance there while Holzdeppe went out with three misses, giving him the bronze medal. Otto missed twice at 5.97 and passed to 6.02, but could not clear it, giving Lavillenie the gold, Otto taking silver, as predicted.
This was the fourth time that a French vaulter had won Olympic gold, after [Fernand Gonder] in 1906, [Pierre Quinon] in 1984, and [Jean Galfione] in 1996.
|5T||Steve Lewis||26||Great Britain||GBR|
|8||Jan Kudlička||24||Czech Republic||CZE|
|AC r2/2||Steve Hooker||30||Australia||AUS|
|AC r2/2||Brad Walker||31||United States||USA|
|15 r1/2||Jeremy Scott||31||United States||USA|
|16T r1/2||Lázaro Borges||26||Cuba||CUB|
|16T r1/2||Sergey Kucheryanu||27||Russia||RUS|
|18T r1/2||Nikita Filippov||20||Kazakhstan||KAZ|
|18T r1/2||Maksym Mazuryk||29||Ukraine||UKR|
|20T r1/2||Ivan Horvat||18||Croatia||CRO|
|20T r1/2||Yang Yansheng||24||China||CHN|
|22 r1/2||Mareks Ārents||25||Latvia||LAT|
|23 r1/2||Stanislav Tivonchik||27||Belarus||BLR|
|24 r1/2||Edi Maia||24||Portugal||POR|
|AC||Kim Yu-Seok||30||South Korea||KOR||NM|
|AC||Derek Miles||39||United States||USA||NM|