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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

Athletics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 8, 2012
Date Finished: August 10, 2012

Gold: FRA Renaud Lavillenie
Silver: GER Björn Otto
Bronze: GER Raphael Holzdeppe

Summary

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.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Renaud Lavillenie 25 France FRA Gold
2 Björn Otto 34 Germany GER Silver
3 Raphael Holzdeppe 22 Germany GER Bronze
4 Dmitry Starodubtsev 26 Russia RUS
5T Steve Lewis 26 Great Britain GBR
5T Yevgeniy Lukyanenko 27 Russia RUS
7 Kostas Filippidis 25 Greece GRE
8 Jan Kudlička 24 Czech Republic CZE
9T Romain Mesnil 35 France FRA
9T Malte Mohr 26 Germany GER
11 Łukasz Michalski 23 Poland POL
12 Igor Bychkov 25 Spain ESP
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 Jere Bergius 25 Finland FIN NM
AC Fábio Gomes 28 Brazil BRA NM
AC Alhaji Jeng 30 Sweden SWE NM
AC Kim Yu-Seok 30 South Korea KOR NM
AC Derek Miles 39 United States USA NM
AC Paweł Wojciechowski 23 Poland POL NM
AC Seito Yamamoto 20 Japan JPN NM
AC Denys Yurchenko 34 Ukraine UKR NM