2009 World Championships in Athletics – Men's pole vault

The Men's Pole Vault event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany will be held between 20 August and 22 August 2009.

Reigning Olympic champion Steven Hooker came into the competition nursing a pulled hamstring incurred 12 days before the championships. Minimizing his effort, he only took one (successful) attempt in qualifying and two attempts in the final. Hooker waited until only three other competitors were left in the field. Hooker agonized in the pit after missing his attempt at 5.85, then watched Romain Mesnil clear. After one failure Renaud Lavillenie joined Hooker in passing to the next height while Maksym Mazuryk, who had passed to get to 5.85 exhausted his attempts. Constantly stretching and massaging his hamstring, Hooker successfully cleared 5.90 with room to spare, leaping from nothing to first place. Mesnil and Lavillenie could not answer.

MedalistsEdit

Gold   Steven Hooker
 (Australia)
Silver   Romain Mesnil
 (France)
Bronze   Renaud Lavillenie
 (France)

RecordsEdit

World record   Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Championship record   Dmitri Markov (AUS) 6.05 Edmonton, Canada 9 August 2001
World Leading   Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 6.01 Leiria, Portugal 21 June 2009
African record   Okkert Brits (RSA) 6.03 Cologne, Germany 18 August 1995
Asian record   Grigoriy Yegorov (KAZ) 5.90 Stuttgart, Germany 19 August 1993
North American record   Brad Walker (USA) 6.04 Eugene, United States 8 June 2008
South American record   Fábio Gomes da Silva (BRA) 5.77 São Paulo, Brazil 7 June 2007
European record   Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Oceanian record   Dmitri Markov (AUS) 6.05 Edmonton, Canada 9 August 2001

Qualification standardsEdit

A standard B standard
5.70m 5.55m

ScheduleEdit

Date Time Round
August 20, 2009 10:10 Qualification
August 22, 2009 18:15 Final

ResultsEdit

QualificationEdit

Qualification: Qualifying Performance 5.75 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 5.25 5.40 5.55 5.65 Result Notes
1 A Steven Hooker   Australia (AUS) - - - o 5.65 q
1 B Renaud Lavillenie   France (FRA) - o o o 5.65 q
1 B Alexander Straub   Germany (GER) - - o o 5.65 q
4 A Romain Mesnil   France (FRA) - - xo o 5.65 q
4 A Maksym Mazuryk   Ukraine (UKR) - o xo o 5.65 q
6 A Damiel Dossévi   France (FRA) - o o xo 5.65 q
7 A Giuseppe Gibilisco   Italy (ITA) - o o xxo 5.65 q
8 A Malte Mohr   Germany (GER) - - xo xxo 5.65 q
8 A Aleksandr Gripich   Russia (RUS) o o xo xxo 5.65 q
8 B Steven Lewis   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) - o xo xxo 5.65 q
11 B Alhaji Jeng   Sweden (SWE) - xo xxo xxo 5.65 q, SB
12 A Derek Miles   United States (USA) - - o xxx 5.55 q
12 B Kevin Rans   Belgium (BEL) - o o xxx 5.55 q
12 B Daichi Sawano   Japan (JPN) - - o xxx 5.55 q
12 B Viktor Chistiakov   Russia (RUS) - - o xxx 5.55 q
14 A Jeremy Scott   United States (USA) - o xo xxx 5.55
15 A Konstadinos Filippidis   Greece (GRE) o o xxo xxx 5.55
16 A Kim Yoo-Suk   South Korea (KOR) xo o xxo xxx 5.55 SB
16 A Igor Pavlov   Russia (RUS) - xo xxo xxx 5.55
16 B Björn Otto   Germany (GER) - xo xxo xxx 5.55
19 B Leonid Andreev   Uzbekistan (UZB) xxo o xxo xxx 5.55
20 B Eemeli Salomäki   Finland (FIN) o o xxx 5.40
20 B Łukasz Michalski   Poland (POL) - o xxx 5.40
22 A Spas Bukhalov   Bulgaria (BUL) - xo - xxx 5.40
22 A Jan Kudlička   Czech Republic (CZE) - xo xxx 5.40
22 A Luke Cutts   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) - xo xxx 5.40
22 B Toby Stevenson   United States (USA) - xo xxx 5.40
26 A Yavgeniy Olhovsky   Israel (ISR) xo xo xxx 5.40
26 B Jurij Rovan   Slovenia (SLO) xo xo xxx 5.40
28 B Denys Fedas   Ukraine (UKR) o xxx 5.25
29 A Takafumi Suzuki   Japan (JPN) o xxx 5.25
A Jesper Fritz   Sweden (SWE) - x NM
B Fábio Gomes da Silva   Brazil (BRA) - xxx NM
B Oleksandr Korchmid   Ukraine (UKR) - xxx NM
B Brad Walker   United States (USA) DNS

Key: NM = no mark (i.e. no valid result), NR = National record, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality 5.50 5.65 5.75 5.80 5.85 5.90 5.95 Result Notes
  Steven Hooker   Australia (AUS) - - - - x- o - 5.90
  Romain Mesnil   France (FRA) o o x- o o x- xx 5.85 SB
  Renaud Lavillenie   France (FRA) o o xxo o x- x- x 5.80
4 Maksym Mazuryk   Ukraine (UKR) o xo o x- xx 5.75
5 Aleksandr Gripich   Russia (RUS) o xxo o xxx 5.75 PB
6 Damiel Dossévi   France (FRA) o o xo xxx 5.75 PB
7 Alexander Straub   Germany (GER) xo xo xxx 5.65
7 Giuseppe Gibilisco   Italy (ITA) xo xo xx- x 5.65
7 Steven Lewis   Great Britain & N.I. (GBR) xo xo xxx 5.65
10 Daichi Sawano   Japan (JPN) o xxx 5.50
10 Viktor Chistiakov   Russia (RUS) o xxx 5.50
12 Alhaji Jeng   Sweden (SWE) xo xxx 5.50
12 Kevin Rans   Belgium (BEL) xo xxx 5.50
14 Malte Mohr   Germany (GER) xxo xxx 5.50
Derek Miles   United States (USA) xxx NM

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