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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Men's pole vault

The men's pole vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place on 20 and 22 August at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

Men's pole vault
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Date20 August 2008 (qualification)
22 August 2008 (final)
Competitors38 from 25 nations
Winning height5.96 OR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Steven Hooker  Australia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Yevgeny Lukyanenko  Russia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derek Miles  United States
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The qualifying standards were 5.70 m (18.7 ft) (A standard) and 5.55 m (18.21 ft) (B standard).[2]

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows:

World record   Sergey Bubka (UKR) 6.14 m A Sestriere, Italy 31 July 1994
Olympic record   Timothy Mack (USA) 5.95 m Athens, Greece 27 August 2004

A new Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Height OR WR
22 August Final   Steven Hooker (AUS) 5.96 m OR

SummaryEdit

Eight men were still in the competition at 5.70m. Yevgeny Lukyanenko and Denys Yurchenko cleared it on their first attempt. Derek Miles and Dmitry Starodubtsev cleared on their second, but Miles had the advantage because Starodubtsev took two additional attempts at 5.45m. Danny Ecker made it on his last attempt. Yurchenko would take no more attempts. Igor Pavlov passed to 5.75m and Steven Hooker continued to pass having only taken one jump in the entire competition. Only Ecker and Pavlov chose to jump at 5.75m, neither of them making it. At 5.80m, Lukyanenko was the only one to make it on his first attempt to take the lead. Miles and Starodubtsev couldn't clear the bar, but Hooker made his final attempt. At 5.85m, neither man made their first two attempts but each made their final attempt to advance to 5.90m. Again neither could clear on their first two attempts. On his final attempt, Hooker peaked in front of the bar, but was able to jackknife over the bar to make the clearance. On his final attempt, Lukyanenko brushed the bar off giving Hooker the gold. But the show wasn't over as Hooker had the bar raised to 5.96 m (19 ft 6 12 in) for a new Olympic record. For the fourth height in a row, Hooker missed his first two attempts, but sailed cleanly over the bar on his final attempt. After 13 attempts in the competition, Hooker stood in the middle of the pit and flexed his muscles. More than eight years after the competition, Yurchenko's doping sample was retested and he was found to have dehydrochlormethyltestosterone in his system. Yurchenko was disqualified, giving Miles a delayed bronze medal.

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Qualifying performance 5.75 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

Rank Group Athlete Nationality 5.15 5.30 5.45 5.55 5.65 Result Notes
1 B Yevgeniy Lukyanenko   Russia - - - o o 5.65 q
1 A Igor Pavlov   Russia - - o - o 5.65 q
3 A Leonid Andreev   Uzbekistan - o o o xo 5.65 q, =PB
3 A Jérôme Clavier   France - o - o xo 5.65 q
3 A Raphael Holzdeppe   Germany - - o o xo 5.65 q
3 A Denys Yurchenko   Ukraine - - o - xo DSQ q
7 B Przemysław Czerwiński   Poland - - o xo xo 5.65 q
7 A Jan Kudlička   Czech Republic o o - xo xo 5.65 q
9 B Danny Ecker   Germany - - xxo - xo 5.65 q
9 B Derek Miles   United States - - o xxo xo 5.65 q
11 A Dmitry Starodubtsev   Russia - xo - xxo xo 5.65 q
12 B Steven Hooker   Australia - - - - xxo 5.65 q
13 B Giuseppe Gibilisco   Italy - - xo o xxo 5.65 q, SB
14 B Alhaji Jeng   Sweden - - - o xxx 5.55
14 B Romain Mesnil   France - - - o xxx 5.55
16 A Paul Burgess   Australia - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 B Tim Lobinger   Germany - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 A Maksym Mazuryk   Ukraine - - o xo xxx 5.55
16 B Daichi Sawano   Japan - - o xo xxx 5.55
20 A Jeff Hartwig   United States - - o xxo xxx 5.55
20 A Liu Feiliang   China - o o xxo xxx 5.55
22 B Oleksandr Korchmid   Ukraine - - o xxx 5.45
22 B Mikko Latvala   Finland - - o - xxx 5.45
24 A Jesper Fritz   Sweden - xo o xxx 5.45
25 B Spas Bukhalov   Bulgaria - - xo - xxx 5.45
25 B Fábio Gomes da Silva   Brazil - - xo xxx 5.45
25 A Giovanni Lanaro   Mexico - - xo xxx 5.45
28 B Aleksandr Averbukh   Israel - - xxo - xxx 5.45
28 B Kevin Rans   Belgium - o xxo xxx 5.45
30 B Štěpán Janáček   Czech Republic o o - xxx 5.30
30 B Dominic Johnson   Saint Lucia - o xxx 5.30
32 A Jurij Rovan   Slovenia xx- o xxx 5.30
B Lázaro Borges   Cuba - xxx NM
A Germán Chiaraviglio   Argentina - xxx NM
A Iliyan Efremov   Bulgaria xxx NM
A Kim Yoo-Suk   South Korea - xxx NM
A Steven Lewis   Great Britain - - xxx NM
A Brad Walker   United States - - - - xxx NM

FinalEdit

Key

  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified
Rank Name Nationality 5.45 5.60 5.70 5.75 5.80 5.85 5.90 5.96 Result Notes[3]
  Steven Hooker   Australia o xxo xxo xxo xxo 5.96 OR
  Yevgeny Lukyanenko   Russia xxo o o xxo xxx 5.85
  Derek Miles   United States o xxo xo xxx 5.70
4 Dmitry Starodubtsev   Russia xxo xxo xo xxx 5.70
5 Danny Ecker   Germany xo xxo xxx 5.70
6 Jérôme Clavier   France xo o xxx 5.60
7 Raphael Holzdeppe   Germany o xo xxx 5.60
8 Igor Pavlov   Russia xxo xxx 5.60
9 Jan Kudlička   Czech Republic o xxx 5.45
10 Przemysław Czerwiński   Poland xo xxx 5.45
Giuseppe Gibilisco   Italy xxx NM
Leonid Andreev   Uzbekistan xxx NM
DQ Denys Yurchenko   Ukraine xxo xo o 5.70
  • Denys Yurchenko of Ukraine originally finished third, but in November 2016, it was announced that he tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone.[1]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  2. ^ "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  3. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 - Pole Vault M Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2008-08-24. Retrieved 2008-08-22.