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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 3, 1932
Date Finished: August 3, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Bill Miller
Silver: JPN Shuhei Nishida
Bronze: USA George Jefferson


At the US Olympic trials [Bill Graber] had broken the world record with 4.37 (14-4). He was favored but his teammates, [Bill Miller] – second at the trials, and [George Jefferson], were also highly considered. Graber cleared 4.15 (13-7¼), passed 4.20 (13-9¼), and could not get over 4.25 (13-11¼) and had to settled for fourth. Miller, Jefferson, and Japan’s [Shuhei Nishida] all cleared 4.20, Nishida missing once. At 4.25 and 4.30 (14-1¼), Miller had first-attempt clearances, but Nishida would not go away – making both heights on his third tries. Finally, at 4.315 (14-1¾), Miller secured the gold medal with a third-attempt clearance while Nishida could not get over the bar. Miller failed three times at the world record height of 4.40 (14-5¼). Nishida was a Los Angeles crowd favorite for his sportsmanship in congratulating Miller.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Bill Miller 19 United States USA Gold 4.315 OR
2 Shuhei Nishida 22 Japan JPN Silver 4.300 OR
3 George Jefferson 22 United States USA Bronze 4.200 =OR
4 Bill Graber 21 United States USA 4.150
5 Shizuo Mochizuki 22 Japan JPN 4.000
6 Lúcio de Castro 21 Brazil BRA 3.900
7 Peter Clentzos 23 Greece GRE 3.750
AC Carlos Nelli 29 Brazil BRA NH