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

The women's pole vault at the 2008 Summer Olympics took place between August 16 and 18 at the Beijing National Stadium.[1]

Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates16 August 2008 (qualification)
18 August 2008 (final)
Competitors36 from 24 nations
Winning height5.05 m WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Jennifer Stuczynski  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Svetlana Feofanova  Russia
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The qualifying standards were 4.45 m (A standard) and 4.30 m (B standard).[2]

The final was won by Yelena Isinbayeva, who set a new world record height of 5.05 meters for the discipline.

During the finals, one of the poles which Brazilian Fabiana Murer would use disappeared, causing her to spend 10–15 minutes trying to get it back.[3] The lost time and having to use another pole led her to bad results. Murer complained about the organization,[4] and would only return to China 7 years later at the 2015 World Championships in Athletics, this time winning a silver medal.[5]

RecordsEdit

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

World record   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.04 Monaco, Monaco 29 July 2008
Olympic record   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 4.91 Athens, Greece 24 August 2004

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Name Nationality Height Notes
18 August Final Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia 5.05 WR

ResultsEdit

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

Qualifying roundEdit

Qualifying performance: 4.60 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.00 4.15 4.30 4.40 4.50 4.60 Result Notes[6]
1 A Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia o 4.60 Q
2 B Vanessa Boslak   France o o o o 4.50 q, =SB
2 A Gao Shuying   China o o o 4.50 q
2 B Fabiana Murer   Brazil o o 4.50 q
2 B Jennifer Stuczynski   United States o 4.50 q
6 A Svetlana Feofanova   Russia xo o 4.50 q
6 A April Steiner Bennett   United States xo o o 4.50 q
8 A Monika Pyrek   Poland o xo 4.50 q
8 B Anna Rogowska   Poland o xo 4.50 q
10 B Yuliya Golubchikova   Russia o xo xo 4.50 q
10 A Carolin Hingst   Germany o xo o xo 4.50 q
12 B Silke Spiegelburg   Germany xxo o xo 4.50 q
13 A Naroa Agirre   Spain o o o xo xxx 4.40 =SB
14 A Anastasija Reiberger   Germany o xo xo xxx 4.40
15 B Kate Dennison   Great Britain xo xo xo xxo xxx 4.40 =PB
16 B Alana Boyd   Australia o xxx 4.30
16 B Roslinda Samsu   Malaysia o o o xxx 4.30 =SB
18 B Kelsie Hendry   Canada xo xxx 4.30
19 A Joanna Piwowarska   Poland xo o xo xxx 4.30
19 A Afrodíti Skafída   Greece xo xo xxx 4.30
19 A Sandra-Helena Tavares   Portugal o xo xo xxx 4.30
22 B Nicole Büchler   Switzerland xxo o xxo xxx 4.30
23 A Marion Buisson   France o o xx 4.15
23 B Thórey Edda Elisdóttir   Iceland o xxx 4.15
25 B Zhou Yang   China xo o xxx 4.15
26 B Krisztina Molnár   Hungary xxo o xxx 4.15
27 A Natalya Kushch   Ukraine xxo xxx 4.15
27 B Nikoléta Kiriakopoúlou   Greece xxo xxx 4.15
27 A Li Ling   China xxo xxx 4.15
27 A Yarisley Silva   Cuba xxo xxx 4.15
31 A Alejandra García   Argentina xxo xxo xxx 4.15
32 A Leila Ben Youssef   Tunisia xo xxx 4.00
32 A Vanessa Vandy   Finland xo xxx 4.00
34 B Anna Fitídou   Cyprus xxo xxx 4.00
B Kateřina Baďurová   Czech Republic xxx NM
B Erica Bartolina   United States xxx NM

WR – World Record / =SB – Equal Season Best / PB – Personal Best / SB – Season Best

FinalEdit

The final was held on August 18.

Rank Name Nationality 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.65 4.70 4.75 4.80 4.85 4.90 4.95 5.00 5.05 Result Notes[7]
  Yelena Isinbayeva   Russia o o xxo xxo 5.05 WR
  Jennifer Stuczynski   United States o o xo o xxx 4.80
  Svetlana Feofanova   Russia o o xo o xxx 4.75 SB
4 Yulia Golubchikova   Russia o o xo o xo xxx 4.75 PB
5 Monika Pyrek   Poland o o o xo xxx 4.70
6 Carolin Hingst   Germany o o o xxo xxx 4.65 SB
7 Silke Spiegelburg   Germany o xo o xxo xxx 4.65
8 April Steiner Bennett   United States o o o xxx 4.55
9 Vanessa Boslak   France o o xo xxx 4.55 SB
10 Fabiana Murer   Brazil o xxx 4.45
10 Anna Rogowska   Poland o xxx 4.45
12 Gao Shuying   China o xxo xxx 4.45

WR – World Record / =SB – Equal Season Best / PB – Personal Best / SB – Season Best

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "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. ^ "Isinbayeva wins with new record". BBC. 2008-08-18. Archived from the original on 19 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  4. ^ "Após sumiço de vara, Murer fica longe do pódio e critica organização" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2008-08-18. Archived from the original on 21 August 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
  5. ^ "Murer esquece trauma na China, iguala melhor marca e é prata no Mundial" (in Portuguese). UOL. 2015-08-26. Retrieved 2015-08-26.
  6. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 – Results Pole Vault W Qualification". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2009-07-17. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  7. ^ "Olympic Games 2008 – Pole Vault W Final". IAAF. Archived from the original on 2008-08-20. Retrieved 2008-08-18.