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Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's pole vault

The women's pole vault competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium between 16–19 August.[1]

Women's pole vault
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date16–19 August 2016
Competitors38 from 24 nations
Winning height4.85 m
1st, gold medalist(s) Katerina Stefanidi  Greece
2nd, silver medalist(s) Sandi Morris  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Eliza McCartney  New Zealand
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It took a clean round to 4.55 m to qualify. Holly Bradshaw, Lisa Ryzih, Jennifer Suhr, Eliza McCartney, Yarisley Silva and Martina Strutz already had misses and had to jump 4.60. All but Strutz did it on their first attempt. Ekaterini Stefanidi had passed the lower heights and took her only attempt at 4.60, which was successful to qualify.

In the final, 4.60 proved to be the end of the line as both returning Olympic medalists from 2012, Suhr and Silva topped out. They left tied with one miss each. 2012 bronze medalist Yelena Isinbayeva did not return because Russia's athletics team was suspended from international competition, after which Isinbayeva announced her retirement. Six women were able to clear 4.70, McCartney and Stefanidi were tied with the lead, each without a miss. Stefanidi missed her first attempt at 4.80, so when McCartney remained perfect, she took the lead. Stefanidi, Sandi Morris and Alana Boyd all cleared on their second attempt. After missing her first attempt at 4.80, Nicole Büchler saved her two remaining attempts for 4.85 (she missed both). Stefanidi took the lead with a second attempt clearance of 4.85 m (15 ft 10 34 in). Morris followed with a clearance of her own. When McCartney and Boyd were unable to clear the bar, Morris was guaranteed silver. Neither were able to clear 4.90 m (16 ft 34 in), though on Morris' last attempt, knowing it was all or nothing for the gold medal, it looked like she was well over the bar, her thigh just catching the bar on the way down to dislodge it. 19 year old McCartney equaled her National Record, set in March 2016.

The medals were presented by Irena Szewińska and Svein Arne Hansen.

Competition formatEdit

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and is eliminated if she failed to clear any height. Athletes who successfully jumped the qualifying height moved on the final. If fewer than 12 reached that height, the best 12 moved on. Cleared heights were reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes reach a height they can not jump.


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Tuesday, 16 August 2016 09:45 Qualifications
Friday, 19 August 2016 20:30 Finals


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.06 m Zurich, Switzerland 28 August 2009
Olympic record   Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 5.05 m Beijing, China 18 August 2008
2016 World leading   Sandi Morris (USA) 4.93 m Houston, USA 23 July 2016

The following national record was established during the competition:

Country Athlete Round Height Notes
New Zealand   Eliza McCartney (NZL) Final 4.80 m =



  • 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

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

Rank Group Name Nationality 4.15 4.30 4.45 4.55 4.60 Result Notes
1 A Katerina Stefanidi   Greece o 4.60 Q
2 A Holly Bradshaw   Great Britain o xo o 4.60 Q
A Lisa Ryzih   Germany xo o 4.60 Q
B Jennifer Suhr   United States xo o 4.60 Q
5 A Eliza McCartney   New Zealand xxo xo o 4.60 Q
B Yarisley Silva   Cuba xo xxo o 4.60 Q
7 B Martina Strutz   Germany o xo o xo 4.60 Q
8 A Kelsie Ahbe   Canada o o o 4.55 q
A Alana Boyd   Australia o o 4.55 q
B Nicole Büchler   Switzerland o o 4.55 q
A Sandi Morris   United States o o 4.55 q
B Tina Šutej   Slovenia o o o o 4.55 q
13 B Minna Nikkanen   Finland o xo o xxx 4.55
14 B Angelica Bengtsson   Sweden o o o xo xxx 4.55
A Maryna Kylypko   Ukraine o o o xo xxx 4.55
16 B Li Ling   China o xo xo xxx 4.55
17 A Michaela Meijer   Sweden o o xxx 4.45
B Alysha Newman   Canada o o xxx 4.45
19 A Jiřina Ptáčníková   Czech Republic o xo xxx 4.45
A Lexi Weeks   United States o xo xxx 4.45
21 B Sonia Malavisi   Italy o o xxo xxx 4.45
B Annika Roloff   Germany o xxo xxx 4.45
23 A Angelica Moser   Switzerland xo xxo xxo xxx 4.45
24 B Romana Maláčová   Czech Republic o o xxx 4.30
A Wilma Murto   Finland o xxx 4.30
B Marta Onofre   Portugal o o xxx 4.30
27 B Tori Pena   Ireland o xo xxx 4.30
28 A Vanessa Boslak   France o xxo xxx 4.30
29 A Joana Costa   Brazil o xxx 4.15
B Annika Newell   Canada o xxx 4.15
B Diamara Planell   Puerto Rico o xxx 4.15
A Femke Pluim   Netherlands o xxx 4.15
A Maria Leonor Tavares   Portugal o xxx 4.15
34 B Iryna Yakaltsevich   Belarus xxo xxx 4.15
B Fabiana Murer   Brazil xxx NM
A Ren Mengqian   China xxx NM
B Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou   Greece DNS
A Robeilys Peinado   Venezuela DNS


Rank Name Nationality 4.35 4.50 4.60 4.70 4.80 4.85 4.90 Result Notes
  Katerina Stefanidi   Greece o o xo xo xxx 4.85
  Sandi Morris   United States o o xo xo xo xxx 4.85
  Eliza McCartney   New Zealand o o o o xxx 4.80 =NR
4 Alana Boyd   Australia o o xxo xo xxx 4.80
5 Holly Bradshaw   Great Britain o xo o xxx 4.70 SB
6 Nicole Büchler   Switzerland o xxo o x– xx 4.70
7 Jennifer Suhr   United States xo xxx 4.60
Yarisley Silva   Cuba o xo xxx 4.60
9 Martina Strutz   Germany o o xxo xxx 4.60
10 Lisa Ryzih   Germany o xxx 4.50
11 Tina Šutej   Slovenia o xo xxx 4.50
12 Kelsie Ahbe   Canada xxo xxo xxx 4.50


  1. ^ "Rio 2016". Archived from the original on 2016-08-26.