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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Men's Pole Vault

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 13, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016

Gold: BRA Thiago Braz
Silver: FRA Renaud Lavillenie
Bronze: USA Sam Kendricks


France’s [Renaud Lavillenie] was the defending gold medalist and had been the premier vaulter over the last few years. He came to Rio as the favorite but left in tears. After 5.85 only three vaulters remained, Lavillenie, American [Sam Kendricks], and Brazil’s [Thiago Braz]. Kendricks went out at 5.93, taking bronze. Lavillenie was clear through 5.98 and seemed in control, with Braz clearing 5.93 and then passing 5.98. At 6.03 Braz cleared on his second attempt, as Lavillenie missed twice. Needing a better height for the gold medal, as he trailed on misses, Lavillenie took his final attempt at 6.08 but it was not much of an effort. Braz had won gold in a huge upset, as Lavillenie took silver, with the Brazilian exulting in the victory.

The Brazilian crowd had been biased in their support of Braz, but they also booed and jeered Lavilennie whenever he appeared on the runway. The Frenchman was moved to tears, and Braz had to apologize when, the next day on the podium, the Brazilian crowd again booed Lavillenie. He was comforted under the stands by Braz and Ukrainian vault legend [Sergey Bubka], but Lavillenie would have no good memories from the 2016 Olympics.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Thiago Braz 22 Brazil BRA Gold
2 Renaud Lavillenie 29 France FRA Silver
3 Sam Kendricks 23 United States USA Bronze
4T Piotr Lisek 23 Poland POL
4T Jan Kudlička 28 Czech Republic CZE
6 Xue Changrui 25 China CHN
7T Daichi Sawano 35 Japan JPN
7T Michal Balner 33 Czech Republic CZE
7T Kostas Filippidis 29 Greece GRE
10 Shawn Barber 22 Canada CAN
11 Germán Chiaraviglio 29 Argentina ARG
AC r2/2 Pauls Pujāts 24 Latvia LAT
13 r1/2 Robert Sobera 25 Poland POL
14 r1/2 Yao Jie 25 China CHN
15 r1/2 Kurtis Marschall 19 Australia AUS
16T r1/2 Stanley Joseph 24 France FRA
16T r1/2 Paweł Wojciechowski 27 Poland POL
16T r1/2 Mareks Ārents 29 Latvia LAT
16T r1/2 Huang Bokai 19 China CHN
16T r1/2 Kévin Menaldo 24 France FRA
21 r1/2 Hiroki Ogita 28 Japan JPN
22T r1/2 Luke Cutts 28 Great Britain GBR
22T r1/2 Augusto de Oliveira 26 Brazil BRA
22T r1/2 Robert Renner 22 Slovenia SLO
25 r1/2 Tobias Scherbarth 30 Germany GER
26 r1/2 Raphael Holzdeppe 26 Germany GER
27 r1/2 Ivan Horvat 22 Croatia CRO
28T r1/2 Karsten Dilla 27 Germany GER
28T r1/2 Logan Cunningham 25 United States USA
28T r1/2 Cale Simmons 25 United States USA
AC r1/2 Seito Yamamoto 24 Japan JPN