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1992 Olympic Games Barcelona - Men's Pole vault

 

 

Host City: Barcelona, Spain Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.60 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1992
Date Finished: August 7, 1992
(Competitors: 35; Countries: 26; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Overview by IAAF  1992_olympic_stadium.jpg
By 1992 Sergey Bubka had won three world titles, and was the reigning Olympic Champion. One of five to clear 5.60 in the qualifying, Bubka waited until his usual starting height of 5.70 until entering. Grand Prix events tend not to insist upon a maximum of two minutes for each jump, but championships do, and Bubka found the rule too hurried for his taste. After two failures he passed to 5.75, and failing to select a stiff enough pole, he missed, causing the biggest shock of the ’92 Games. Only four men did better than 5.70, with García winning Spain’s first ever field event medal. The Spaniard and Tarpenning, a Paris-based American jumper, both failed at 5.80 with the American being unfairly booed by the Spanish crowd. Tarasov cleared 5.80 to win the gold, while the other fair haired Russian, Igor Trandenkov, cleared on his final attempt. Both men tried 5.90, but only Tarasov was close.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The overwhelming favorite was Sergey Bubka. He was a three-time World Champion, defending Olympic Champion, and by 1992 had set the last 16 world records in pole vaulting. On 5 August 1991 one of his world records was over 6.10 (20-0¼), which meant little to most people, but to the Imperial world, that was the first pole vault ever over clear 20 feet – and remains the only one thru 2008. He qualified easily, and opened in the final with 5.70 (18-8¼). Missing twice at that height he then passed to 5.75, where he also failed and he was out of the competition without a height. What had happened? One theory relates to the time allowed competitors in the pole vault, which is two minutes after being called for the next jump. As the star of the international circuit, Bubka was usually allowed to do what he wanted. But American Tim Bright had reminded the officials in Barcelona of the rules and Bubka later commented that it seemed like the clock was running faster than usual. In his absence the competition came down to two Russians, representing the Unified Team. Maksim Tarasov and Igor Trandenkov were the only vaulters over 5.80 (19-0¼), which decided the competition. Tarasov's first attempt clearance got him the gold medal, with silver to Trandenkov. Spaniard Javier García won the bronze medal to the delight of the Barcelona fans, with his second attempt clearance at 5.75 (18-10¼). America's Kory Tarpenning also made 5.75 (18-10¼), but on his third effort, and had to compete despite being booed by the partisan Spanish fans.
 

Records

These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1992 Summer Olympics.

World Record 6.11 Ukraine Sergey Bubka Dijon (FRA) June 13, 1992
Olympic Record 5.90 Soviet Union Sergey Bubka Seoul (KOR) September 28, 1988
 
Results

These are the official results of the Men's Pole Vault event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were a total number of 35 participating athletes. The qualification mark was set at 5.60 metres (six + six athletes).

The former Soviet vaulters, competing for the Unified Team in the aftermath of the Soviet Union continued to dominate the event they had swept 4 years earlier. By this time Sergey Bubka had further cemented his dominance, already pushing the world record to a height that has not been cleared by any other human being to this day. But Bubka seemed cursed at the Olympics, missing 1984 by boycott, and then failing to clear his opening height (two attempts at 5.70--41 cm below his world record and one at 5.75).

This was a remarkably clean competition, with only three athletes having a miss at a height that was not their best or better in the competition. Maksim Tarasov took gold with only three attempts, clean through 5.80. Igor Trandenkov equalled Tarasov, but took three attempts to clear 5.80. Javier García took bronze in his home town by clearing 5.75 on his second attempt, to edge American Kory Tarpenning who cleared it on his third.

Pole vault Men Final 7 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 5.80 Maksim Tarasov Russia RUS 2 Dec 70
2 5.80 Igor Trandenkov Russia RUS 17 Aug 66
3 5.75 Javier García Spain ESP 22 Jul 66
4 5.75 Kory Tarpenning United States USA 27 Feb 62
5 5.65 Dave Volz United States USA 2 May 62
6 5.60 Asko Peltoniemi Finland FIN 7 Feb 63
7 5.55 Philippe Collet France FRA 13 Dec 63
8 5.40 Danny Krasnov Israel ISR 27 May 70
9 5.30 István Bagyula Hungary HUN 2 Jan 69
10 5.30 Alberto Ruiz Spain ESP 22 Dec 61
NH Sergey Bubka Ukraine UKR 4 Dec 63
NH Tim Bright United States USA 28 Jul 60
Pole vault Men Qualification 5 August
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 5.60 Sergey Bubka Ukraine UKR 4 Dec 63
2 5.60 Maksim Tarasov Russia RUS 2 Dec 70
3 5.60 Danny Krasnov Israel ISR 27 May 70 =NUR
4 5.60 Tim Bright United States USA 28 Jul 60
5 5.60 Kory Tarpenning United States USA 27 Feb 62
6 5.60 Igor Trandenkov Russia RUS 17 Aug 66
7 5.55 Javier García Spain ESP 22 Jul 66
8 5.55 Alberto Ruiz Spain ESP 22 Dec 61
8 5.55 Asko Peltoniemi Finland FIN 7 Feb 63
10 5.55 István Bagyula Hungary HUN 2 Jan 69
11 5.55 Dave Volz United States USA 2 May 62
12 5.55 Philippe Collet France FRA 13 Dec 63
13 5.50 Jean Galfione France FRA 9 Jun 71
14 5.50 Jani Lehtonen Finland FIN 11 Aug 68
14 5.50 Philippe D'Encausse France FRA 24 Mar 67
16 5.50 Galen Nikov Bulgaria BUL 25 Jan 68
17 5.50 Valeri Bukrejev Estonia EST 15 Jun 64
18 5.50 Edgardo Díaz Puerto Rico PUR 18 Apr 68
19 5.40 Daniel Marti Spain ESP 23 Apr 73
20 5.40 Andrea Pegoraro Italy ITA 24 Oct 66
21 5.40 Peter Widén Sweden SWE 2 Jul 67
22 5.30 Simon Arkell Australia AUS 1 Jul 66
23 5.30 Hrístos Pallakis Greece GRE 9 Oct 71
24 5.20 Doug Wood Canada CAN 30 Jan 66
25 5.20 Kersley Gardenne Mauritius MRI 16 Feb 72
26 5.20 Michael Edwards Great Britain GBR 19 Oct 68
27 5.20 Photis Stephani Cyprus CYP 4 Oct 71
28 5.00 Edward Lasquete Philippines PHI 31 Dec 71 NR
29 5.00 Nuno Fernandes Portugal POR 1 Apr 69
NH Hiroyuki Sano Japan JPN 6 Oct 68
NH Kim Chul-Kyun South Korea KOR 28 Feb 69
NH Aleksandr Obizhajevs Latvia LAT 16 Sep 59
NH Paul Gibbons New Zealand NZL 25 Jun 71
NH Thomas Riether Chile CHI 10 Apr 64
 
Detailed View
 Men Pole Vault Olympic Games Barcelona(ESP) 1992
Final Team Height 520 530 540 550 555 560 565 570 575 580 585 590
1. Maxim Tarassov EUN 5.80m           O     O O   XXX
2. Igor Trandenkov EUN 5.80m       O       O   XXO XXX
3. Javier Garcia ESP 5.75m     O     O   O XO XXX
4. Kory Tarpenning USA 5.75m           O     XXO XXX
5. David Volz USA 5.65m       XO     O   XXX
6. Asko Peltoniemi FIN 5.60m     XXO     XO   X- XX
7. Philippe Collet FRA 5.55m         O     XXX
8. Evgeny Krasnov ISR 5.40m     XO XXX
9. Istvan Bagyula HUN 5.30m XXO O XXX
10.Alberto Ruiz ESP 5.30m   XXO   XXX
-. Sergey Bubka EUN NM               XX- X
-. Timothy Bright USA NM           XXX
 Qualification
  mark 5.60m 6+6 Athletes
Group A Team Height 480 500 520 530 540 550 555 560
1. Sergey Bubka EUN 5.60m               O
2. Kory Tarpenning USA 5.60m         XO XO   XO
3. Alberto Ruiz ESP 5.55m     O   O XO XO XXX
4. David Volz USA 5.55m         O XO XXO XXX
5. Jean Galfione FRA 5.50m         O O   XXX
6. Philippe D'Encausse FRA 5.50m         XO O   XXX
6. Jani Lehtonen FIN 5.50m         XO O   XXX
8. Galin Nikov BUL 5.50m       O   XO   XXX
9. Valeri Burkrejev EST 5.50m         O XXO XXX
10.Daniel Marti ESP 5.40m     O   XO XXX
11.Peter Widen SWE 5.40m       XXO XXO XXX
12.Douglas Wood CAN 5.20m     O   XXX
12.Kersley Gardenne MRI 5.20m   O O XXX
14.Mike Edwards GBR 5.20m     XO XXX
-. Chul-Kyun Kim KOR NM     XXX
-. Paul Gibbons NZL NM   X--
-. Hermann Fehringer AUT DNS
Group B Team Height 480 500 520 530 540 550 555 560
1. Maxim Tarassov EUN 5.60m           O   O
2. Evgeny Krasnov ISR 5.60m         XO O XO O
3. Timothy Bright USA 5.60m         O O   XO
4. Igor Ttrandenkov EUN 5.60m             XO XXO
5. Javier Garcia ESP 5.55m         O XO XO X-
6. Asko Peltoniemi FIN 5.55m         XO XO XO X-
6. Istvan Bagyula HUN 5.55m     O O XO XO XO XXX
8. Philippe Collet FRA 5.55m           XO XXO X-
9. Edgar Diaz PUR 5.50m   XXO     XXO XXX
10.Andrea Pegoraro ITA 5.40m         XXO XXX
11.Simon Arkell AUS 5.30m       O   XXX
12.Christos Pallakis GRE 5.30m   XO O XXO XXX
13.Photis Stephani CYP 5.20m   O XO XXX
14.Edward Lasquete PHI 5.00m XXO O XXX
15.Nuno Fernandes POR 5.00m XXO XO XXX
-. Aleksandrs Obizajevs LAT NM           XXX
-. Hiroyuki Sano JPN NM     XXX
-. Thomas Riether CHI NM   XXX
 
 

 

 

 

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