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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women'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 16, 2016
Date Finished: August 19, 2016

Gold: GRE Ekaterini Stefanidi
Silver: USA Sandi Morris
Bronze: NZL Eliza McCartney


This event was weakened by the absence of Russian superstar vaulter [Yelena Isinbayeva], who was banned along with virtually the entire Russian athletics team because of a systematic state-run doping system. Isinbayeva was Olympic champion in 2004 and 2008, a three-time World Champion, and had set 17 world records and 13 indoor world records.

In her absence the best known vaulter was American [Jenn Suhr], the defending gold medalist and the 2016 World Indoor Champion, but after qualifying, Suhr became quite ill in Rio and wasn’t sure if she could even compete in the final. After the 4.80 height, the leader was New Zealander [Eliza McCartney], who was clear, as five vaulters remained. Suhr had gone out at 4.70. At 4.85, only Greece’s [Ekaterini Stefanidi] and American [Sandi Morris] were successful, both on their second attempt, giving McCartney the bronze medal. Neither Stefanidi nor Morris could clear 4.90, and the Greek won the gold medal because of fewer misses, Morris having one early miss at 4.70.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ekaterini Stefanidi 26 Greece GRE Gold
2 Sandi Morris 24 United States USA Silver
3 Eliza McCartney 19 New Zealand NZL Bronze
4 Alana Boyd 32 Australia AUS
5 Holly Bleasdale-Bradshaw 24 Great Britain GBR
6 Nicole Büchler 32 Switzerland SUI
7T Jenn Stuczynski-Suhr 34 United States USA
7T Yarisley Silva 29 Cuba CUB
9 Martina Strutz 34 Germany GER
10 Lisa Ryzih 27 Germany GER
11 Tina Å utej 27 Slovenia SLO
12 Kelsie Ahbe 25 Canada CAN
13 r1/2 Minna Nikkanen 28 Finland FIN
14T r1/2 Maryna Kylypko 20 Ukraine UKR
14T r1/2 Angelica Bengtsson 23 Sweden SWE
16 r1/2 Li Ling 27 China CHN
17T r1/2 Michaela Meijer 23 Sweden SWE
17T r1/2 Alysha Newman 22 Canada CAN
19T r1/2 Lexi Weeks 19 United States USA
19T r1/2 Jiřina Ptáčníková 30 Czech Republic CZE
21T r1/2 Annika Roloff 25 Germany GER
21T r1/2 Sonia Malavisi 21 Italy ITA
23 r1/2 Angelica Moser 18 Switzerland SUI
24T r1/2 Wilma Murto 18 Finland FIN
24T r1/2 Romana Maláčová 29 Czech Republic CZE
24T r1/2 Marta Onofre 25 Portugal POR
27 r1/2 Tori Pena 29 Ireland IRL
28 r1/2 Vanessa Boslak 34 France FRA
29T r1/2 Joana Costa 35 Brazil BRA
29T r1/2 Femke Pluim 22 Netherlands NED
29T r1/2 Maria Leonor Tavares 30 Portugal POR
29T r1/2 Anicka Newell 22 Canada CAN
29T r1/2 Diamara Planell 23 Puerto Rico PUR
34 r1/2 Irina Yakoltsevich 23 Belarus BLR
AC r1/2 Ren Mengqian 22 China CHN
AC r1/2 Fabiana Murer 35 Brazil BRA