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Athletics at the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Amsterdam, Netherlands
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Amsterdam
Date Started: August 1, 1928
Date Finished: August 1, 1928

Gold: USA Sabin Carr
Silver: USA Bill Droegemueller
Bronze: USA Charles McGinnis


In 1927 [Sabin Carr] broke the world record by vaulting 4.27 to win the IC4As in Philadelphia. This was the first-ever clearance of 14-feet. At the West Coast Relays in 1928, defending gold medalist [Lee Barnes] bettered that with 4.30 and was favored in Amsterdam. The final was held in a pouring rain. Five vaulters were left after 3.95 (12-11½) – Carr, Barnes, two other Americans, [Bill Droegemuller] and [Charles McGinnis], and Canadian [Vic Pickard]. Only Carr and Droegemuller succeeded at 4.10. When Carr cleared 4.20 (13-9¼) the gold medal was his. Third-fifth places were decided in a jump-off. The Americans swept the medals, as they had in 1924.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sabin Carr 23 United States USA Gold OR
2 Bill Droegemueller 21 United States USA Silver OR
3 Charles McGinnis 21 United States USA Bronze
4 Vic Pickard 24 Canada CAN
5 Lee Barnes 21 United States USA
6 Yonetaro Nakazawa 24 Japan JPN
7 Henry Lindblad 22 Sweden SWE
8 János Karlovits 28 Hungary HUN
9 Julius Müller 25 Germany GER
10T QR Maurice Henrijean Belgium BEL
10T QR Aksel Nikolajsen 27 Denmark DEN
10T QR José Culí 21 Spain ESP
10T QR Laurence Bond 22 Great Britain GBR
14T QR Gérard Noël 27 Belgium BEL
14T QR Stelios Benardis Greece GRE
14T QR Age van der Zee 24 Netherlands NED
AC QR René Joannes-Powell 32 Belgium BEL
AC QR Pierre Ramadier 25 France FRA
AC QR Robert Vintousky 25 France FRA
AC QR Argyris Karagiannis 24 Greece GRE