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Men's Pole Vault

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 28, 1980
Date Finished: July 30, 1980

Gold: POL Władysław Kozakiewicz
Silver: POL Tadeusz Ślusarski
URS Konstantin Volkov


In 1980 the world record had been broken by [Władysław Kozakiewicz] (POL), and Frenchman [Thierry Vigneron] (twice), and [Philippe Houvion]. Missing were top American vaulters [Mike Tully] and [Tom Hintnaus]. [Tadeusz Ślusarski], the defending champion was back, and also highly considered was Soviet favorite [Konstantin Volkov]. Vigneron struggled in the final, clearing only 5.45 (17-10½) and placing seventh. Four vaulters went over 5.65 (18-6½) – Kozakiewicz, Ślusarski, Volkov, and Houvion, with only Kozakiewicz clearing on his first attempt. Koza also cleared 5.70 (18-8¼), which won the competition, as everybody else would fail at that height. His clearance resulted in booing from the boorish Soviet crowd, who were rooting for Volkov. Kozakiewicz continued on, going over 5.75 (18-10¼) and a world record 5.78 (18-11½) on his second attempt. He celebrated by using a well-known gesture, telling the Soviet crowd where they could shove it. He also attempted 5.82 (19-1) and had one close miss.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Władysław Kozakiewicz 26 Poland POL Gold WR
2T Tadeusz Ślusarski 30 Poland POL Silver OR
2T Konstantin Volkov 20 Soviet Union URS Silver OR
4 Philippe Houvion 22 France FRA OR
5 Jean-Michel Bellot 26 France FRA OR
6 Mariusz Klimczyk 23 Poland POL OR
7 Thierry Vigneron 20 France FRA
8 Sergey Kulibaba 20 Soviet Union URS
9 Tapani Haapakoski 27 Finland FIN
10 Miro Zalar 23 Sweden SWE
11 Brian Hooper 27 Great Britain GBR
12 Rauli Pudas 25 Finland FIN
13 QR Atanas Tarev 22 Bulgaria BUL
14 QR Felix Böhni 22 Switzerland SUI
15 QR Axel Weber 26 East Germany GDR
AC QR Patrick Desruelles 23 Belgium BEL
AC QR Ivo Yanchev 19 Bulgaria BUL
AC QR Antti Kalliomäki 33 Finland FIN
AC QR Yuriy Prokhorenko 29 Soviet Union URS