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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 24, 1976
Date Finished: July 26, 1976

Gold: POL Tadeusz Ślusarski
Silver: FIN Antti Kalliomäki
Bronze: USA Dave Roberts


There were three favorites in 1976 – Americans [Dave Roberts] and [Earl Bell], and Poland's [Władysław Kozakiewicz]. But Kozakiewicz struggled, could only clear 5.25 (17-2¾), and finished 11th. Six vaulters remained in the competition after 5.45 (17-10½) – Roberts, Bell, Poland's [Tadeusz Ślusarski] and [Wojciech Buciarski], Finland's [Antti Kalliomäki], and France’s [Patrick Abada]. At 5.50 (18-0½), Abada and Bell passed. Ślusarski, Kalliomäki, and Roberts cleared that height on their first try, and Buciarski missed once and passed to 5.55 (18-2½). That was the end of the clearances. Roberts passed to 5.60 (18-4½) where he missed three times, while the other vaulters all missed at 5.55 (18-2½). Ślusarski won the gold on countback, using the fewest vaults tie-breaker, over Kalliomäki, as both had no misses thru 5.50 (18-0½). Roberts was bronze medalist as he had missed once at 5.35 (17-6½).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tadeusz Ślusarski 26 Poland POL Gold
2 Antti Kalliomäki 29 Finland FIN Silver
3 Dave Roberts 24 United States USA Bronze
4 Patrick Abada 22 France FRA
5 Wojciech Buciarski 26 Poland POL
6 Earl Bell 20 United States USA
7 Jean-Michel Bellot 22 France FRA
8 Itsuo Takanezawa 24 Japan JPN
9 Günther Lohre 23 West Germany FRG
10 Yuriy Prokhorenko 25 Soviet Union URS
11 Władysław Kozakiewicz 22 Poland POL
12 Don Baird 25 Australia AUS
13T Vladimir Kishkun 24 Soviet Union URS
13T Terry Porter 24 United States USA
15 Tapani Haapakoski 23 Finland FIN
16 Brian Hooper 23 Great Britain GBR
AC r2/2 Bruce Simpson 26 Canada CAN
AC r2/2 Roberto Moré 26 Cuba CUB
AC r2/2 François Tracanelli 25 France FRA
AC r2/2 Kjell Isaksson 28 Sweden SWE
21 QR Ray Boyd 25 Australia AUS
22 QR Ken Wenman 21 Canada CAN
23 QR Dimitrios Kyteas 21 Greece GRE
24 QR Jeff Gutteridge 19 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Yoshiomi Iwama 23 Japan JPN
AC QR Ingemar Jernberg 25 Sweden SWE
AC QR Yury Isakov 26 Soviet Union URS