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1984 Olympic Games Los Angeles - Men's Pole vault

 

 

Host City: Los Angeles, United States Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.45 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 6, 1984  
Date Finished: August 8, 1984  
(Competitors: 19; Countries: 13; Finalists: 14)  
    Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Overview by IAAF    1984_olympic_stadium.jpg
Sergey Bubka, the setter of seven world records in 1984, and Konstantin Volkov, were the two best in the world, but the Soviet boycott deprived them of possible medals. The US magazine Track and Field News reviewed the event as “the USA versus France”, with Vigneron, Bell and Tully the likely medallists. At 5.60 these three and Pierre Quinon were the only men left. Quinon and Tully passed and the other two cleared first time. Then at 5.65 Tully cleared after Quinon had failed once. The Frenchman then passed on to 5.70 along with the other two. Quinon, with only two attempts available at 5.70, cleared first time, while Bell and Vigneron failed, to finish equal third. Tully already had the silver, but watched Quinon clear 5.75 first time. The American passed to 5.80 as a first time clearance at 5.75 by him would not be enough to win. Tully had made 5.81 at the same facility in the US Trials, but on this occasion 5.80 was just too much.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The Soviet-boycott weakened the field in this event, mainly by keeping out the Polish vaulters and Soviet Sergey Bubka, who had won the 1983 World Championships and broken the world record four times in 1984. He would have been a heavy favorite, but as his later record at the Olympics would show, that did not always count for much. In his absence the favorites were two Americans – Mike Tully and Earl Bell, and two Frenchman – Pierre Quinon and Thierry Vigneron. Quinon cleared 5.45 (17-10½) on his second attempt and then passed the next three heights. Tully, Bell, and Vigneron had first attempt clearances at 5.60 (18-4½). At 5.65 (18-6½), Quinon cleared on his first try, while Tully missed once and then passed to 5.70 (18-8¼). Bell and Vigneron went out at 5.70 (18-8¼). Quinon cleared on his first try at that height. Tully jumped after Quinon in the order and since he was behind, he passed again. Same thing at 5.75 (18-10¼) – Quinon over on his first effort, and Tully passes, trying to win the competition. At 5.80 (19-0¼), Tully missed three times and the gold medal was Quinon's, Tully second with his 5.65 (18-6½) clearances, and Bell and Vigneron sharing the bronze medal.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 1984 Summer Olympics
World Record  Sergey Bubka (URS) 5.90 m July 13, 1984 United Kingdom London, United Kingdom
Olympic Record  Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz (POL) 5.78 m July 30, 1980 Soviet Union Moscow, Soviet Union
 
        Results        
 
Pole vault Men     Final 8 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 5.75     Pierre Quinon France FRA 20 Feb 62  
2 5.65     Mike Tully United States USA 21 Oct 56  
3 5.60     Thierry Vigneron France FRA 9 Mar 60  
3 5.60     Earl Bell United States USA 25 Aug 55  
5 5.45     Kimmo Pallonen Finland FIN 17 Jan 59  
6 5.40     Doug Lytle United States USA 7 Aug 62  
7 5.30     Felix Böhni Switzerland SUI 14 Feb 58  
8 5.30     Mauro Barella Italy ITA 12 Dec 56  
9 5.20     Alberto Ruiz Spain ESP 22 Dec 61  
10 5.10     Yang Weimin China CHN 10 May 58  
11 5.10     Jeff Gutteridge Great Britain GBR 28 Oct 56  
  NH     Tomomi Takahashi Japan JPN 29 Jan 56  
  DNS     Serge Ferreira France FRA 11 Aug 59  
  DNS     Tom Hintnaus Brazil BRA 15 Feb 58  
Pole vault Men     Qualification 6 August      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 5.45     Thierry Vigneron France FRA 9 Mar 60  
1 5.45     Earl Bell United States USA 25 Aug 55  
1 5.45     Mike Tully United States USA 21 Oct 56  
4 5.45     Alberto Ruiz Spain ESP 22 Dec 61  
5 5.40     Pierre Quinon France FRA 20 Feb 62  
6 5.40     Kimmo Pallonen Finland FIN 17 Jan 59  
7 5.40     Felix Böhni Switzerland SUI 14 Feb 58  
8 5.35     Tom Hintnaus Brazil BRA 15 Feb 58  
9 5.35     Mauro Barella Italy ITA 12 Dec 56  
12 5.30     Jeff Gutteridge Great Britain GBR 28 Oct 56  
13 5.30     Yang Weimin China CHN 10 May 58  
14 5.30     Tomomi Takahashi Japan JPN 29 Jan 56  
15 5.20     Brian Morrisette United States Virgin Islands ISV 10 Oct 56 NR
16 5.20     Keith Stock Great Britain GBR 18 Mar 57  
17 5.10     Ji Zebiao China CHN 3 Aug 64  
18 5.10     Edgardo Rivera Puerto Rico PUR 8 May 53  
 
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