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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Pole Vault

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 4, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012

Gold: USA Jenn Stuczynski-Suhr
Silver: CUB Yarisley Silva
Bronze: RUS Yelena Isinbayeva

Summary

The greatest women's vaulter ever was Yelena Isinbayeva, who was the two-time defending champion, twice a World outdoor champion, four times World indoor champion, and had set 17 outdoor world records and 13 indoor world records. But she had taken a year off after not medalling at the 2010 World Indoors, and was not quite as dominant as she once was. Other medal contenders included American Jenn Stuczynski-Suhr, whose best international achievement was a silver at the 2008 World Indoors, and Brazilian Fabiana Murer, who had won the 2011 Worlds and the 2010 World Indoors. But Murer would not make it out of qualifying in a major surprise.

In the finals, the vaulters were met by conditions they hate, gusty winds. Both Issy and Suhr opened at 4.55, with Suhr clearing and Issy missing one attempt and passing to 4.65. She cleared that on one attempt as Suhr passed. They both went over 4.70 on their first try, at which time there were two other vaulters remaining – Cuban Yarisley Silva, who had also cleared 4.70 on one attempt, and German Silke Spiegelburg, who had passed that height after one failure. Silva had missed her first attempt of the event at 4.45, which would prove critical, as she had been perfect since. At 4.75 Spiegelburg missed twice to finish fourth. Isinbayeva also missed twice and then passed to 4.80, after Suhr and Silva both cleared on their second attempts. Isinbayeva could not make 4.80, which dropped her to the bronze medal. Suhr and Silva both failed at 4.80 on all three attempts, giving Suhr the gold medal on fewer total misses – the opening miss for Silva costing her as she won silver.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jenn Stuczynski-Suhr 30 United States USA Gold
2 Yarisley Silva 25 Cuba CUB Silver
3 Yelena Isinbayeva 30 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Silke Spiegelburg 26 Germany GER
5 Martina Strutz 30 Germany GER
6T Holly Bleasdale 20 Great Britain GBR
6T Jiřina Ptáčníková 26 Czech Republic CZE
6T Lisa Ryzih 23 Germany GER
9 Becky Holliday 32 United States USA
10 Vanessa Boslak 30 France FRA
11 Alana Boyd 28 Australia AUS
AC r2/2 Anna Rogowska 31 Poland POL NM
13 Stella-Iro Ledaki 24 Greece GRE
14 Fabiana Murer 31 Brazil BRA
15T Lacy Janson 29 United States USA
15T Monika Pyrek 31 Poland POL
17 Anastasiya Ivanova-Shvedova 33 Belarus BLR
18 Jillian Schwartz 32 Israel ISR
19T Tomomi Abiko 24 Japan JPN
19T Angelica Bengtsson 19 Sweden SWE
19T Mélanie Blouin 22 Canada CAN
19T Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou 26 Greece GRE
19T Tina Šutej 23 Slovenia SLO
24 Katerina Stefanidi 22 Greece GRE
25 Nicole Büchler 28 Switzerland SUI
26T Kate Dennison 28 Great Britain GBR
26T Nataliya Kushch-Mazuryk 29 Ukraine UKR
26T Minna Nikkanen 24 Finland FIN
26T Anastasiya Savchenko 23 Russia RUS
30 Li Ling 23 China CHN
31T Choi Yun-Hui 26 South Korea KOR
31T Maria Leonor Tavares 26 Portugal POR
33T Marion Lotout 22 France FRA
33T Ganna Shelekh 19 Ukraine UKR
AC Dailis Caballero 24 Cuba CUB NM
AC Svetlana Feofanova 32 Russia RUS NM
AC Caroline Bonde Holm 22 Denmark DEN NM
AC Liz Parnov 18 Australia AUS NM
AC Tori Pena 24 Ireland IRL NM