Olympics
List of all Olympics Men's Pole Vault winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Men's Pole Vault

A part of the Olympics since 1896, pole vault is the most technical event in the athletics. Pole vault for men was included in the Olympics in 1896 while for women, the pole vault was inducted in 2000.

Rules and Regulations
  • The weight of each competitor must be recorded on the scoring form next to their name.
  • At one height, the maximum number of trials can be three.
  • The athletes have to take all three events one after the other.
  • If an athlete has three consecutive pole vault unsuccessful trials, he or she is disqualified.
  • Any athlete who has passed three consecutive heights, is allowed a warm-up vault without the crossbar.
  • When three competitors are in the fray, four minutes are allowed and when one competitor remains, up to six minutes is permitted between trials.
  • Competitors in the pole vault must not use any weights or artificial aids.
  • Competitors should not wear shoes which contain any device that gives the athlete an unfair advantage.
  • No competitor is allowed to use the pole of another athlete without the consent of the owner.
  • If a competitor's pole is broken during an attempt, it does not count as a trial.
  • The crossbar cannot be lowered after the pole vault has started.
Rules Regarding Foul
  • The athlete displaces the crossbar with the body or the pole.
  • Any part of his or her body or the pole touches the ground or the landing pad beyond the vertical plane without clearing the bar.
  • Fails to complete the trial within definite time
  • Touches the crossbar with hands or arms.
  • Takes the pole above the top hand-hold band.
Men Top Performers
Sergey Bubka, Rodion Gataullin, Grigoriy Yegorov, Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz, Marian Kolasa, Miroslaw Chmara, Hermann Fehringer, Billy Olson, Kory Tarpenning, Asko Peltoniemi, Philippe d'Encausse, István Bagyula, Philippe Collet, Thierry Vigneron, Earl Bell

Women Top Performers
Yelena Isinbayeva, Svetlana Feofanova, Anna Rogowska, Gao Shuying, Kellie Suttle, Anzhela Balakhonova, Elmarie Gerryts, Stacy Dragila, Tatiana Grigorieva, Vala Flosadóttir, Daniela Bártová, Nicole Rieger, Yvonne Buschbaum, Monika Pyrek, Marie Rasmussen, Doris Auer

Men's Pole Vault Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1896 William Hoyt
United States
Albert Tyler
United States
Evangelos Damaskos, Ioannis Theodoropoulos
Greece, Greece
1900 Irving Baxter
United States
Meredith Colket
United States
Carl-Albert Andersen
Norway
1904 Charles Dvorak
United States
LeRoy Samse
United States
Louis Wilkins
United States
1908 Edward Cook, Alfred Carlton Gilbert
United States, United States

Clare Jacobs, Bruno Söderström, Edward Archibald
United States, Sweden, Canada
1912 Harry Babcock
United States
Frank Nelson, Marc Wright
United States, United States
Frank Murphy, Bertil Uggla, William Halpenny
United States, Sweden, Canada
1920 Frank Foss
United States
Henry Petersen
Denmark
Edwin Myers
United States
1924 Lee Barnes
United States
Glen Graham
United States
James Brooker
United States
1928 Sabin Carr
United States
William Droegemueller
United States
Charles McGinnis
United States
1932 Bill Miller
United States
Shuhei Nishida
Japan
George Jefferson
United States
1936 Earle MEADOWS
United States
Shuhei Nishida
Japan
Sueo Oe
Japan
1948 Guinn Smith
United States
Erkki KATAJA
Finland
Bob Richards
United States
1952 Bob Richards
United States
Don Laz
United States
Ragnar Lundberg
Sweden
1956 Bob Richards
United States
Bob Gutowski
United States
Georgios Roubanis
Greece
1960 Don BRAGG
United States
Ronald MORRIS
United States
Eeles Landström
Finland
1964 Fred HANSEN
United States
Wolfgang REINHARDT
United Team Of Germany
Klaus LEHNERTZ
United Team Of Germany
1968 Bob Seagren
United States
Claus SCHIPROWSKI
West Germany
Wolfgang Nordwig
East Germany
1972 Wolfgang Nordwig
East Germany
Bob Seagren
United States
Jan Johnson
United States
1976 Tadeusz Slusarski
Poland
Antti Kalliomäki
Finland
David Roberts
United States
1980 Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz
Poland
Konstantin Volkov, Tadeusz Slusarski
Soviet Union, Poland

1984 Pierre Quinon
France
Mike Tully
United States
Earl Bell, Thierry Vigneron
United States, France
1988 Sergey Bubka
Soviet Union
Radion Gataullin
Soviet Union
Grigory Yegorov
Soviet Union
1992 Maksim TARASOV
Unified Team
Igor TRANDENKOV
Unified Team
Javier García
Spain
1996 Jean Galfione
France
Igor Trandenkov
Russia
Andrej Tiwontschik
Germany
2000 Nick Hysong
United States
Lawrence Johnson
United States
Maksim Tarasov
Russia
2004 Timothy Mack
United States
Toby Stevenson
United States
Giuseppe Gibilisco
Italy
2008 Steven Hooker
Australia
Yevgeniy Lukyanenko
Russia
Denys Yurchenko
Ukraine
2012 Renaud Lavillenie
France
Björn Otto
Germany
Raphael Holzdeppe
Germany
2016 Thiago Braz da Silva
Brazil
Renaud Lavillenie
France
Sam Kendricks
United States