Pole Vault
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Pole Vault

Pole vault
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An athlete in the middle of the vaulting phase
Men's records
Women's records

Pole vaulting is a track and field event in which a person uses a long flexible pole (which today is usually made either of fiberglass or carbon fiber) as an aid to jump over a bar. Pole jumping competitions were known to the ancient Greeks, Cretans and Celts. It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and since 2000 for women.

It is typically classified as one of the four major jumping events in athletics, alongside the high jump, long jump and triple jump. It is unusual among track and field sports in that it requires a significant amount of specialised equipment in order to participate, even at a basic level. A number of elite pole vaulters have had backgrounds in gymnastics, including world record breakers Yelena Isinbayeva and Brian Sternberg, reflecting the similar physical attributes required for the sports.[1][2] Running speed, however, may be the most dominant factor. Physical attributes such as speed, agility and strength are essential to pole vaulting effectively, but technical skill is an equally if not more important element. The object of pole vaulting is to clear a bar or crossbar supported upon two uprights (standards) without knocking it down.


Pole vault in the 1890s at US Naval Academy
Traditional fierljeppen in the Netherlands, using poles to clear distances over rivers

Poles were used as a practical means of passing over natural obstacles in marshy places such as the province of Friesland in the Netherlands, along the North Sea, and the great level of the Fens in England across Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire and Norfolk. Artificial draining of these marshes created a network of open drains or canals intersecting each other. To cross these without getting wet, while avoiding tedious roundabout journeys over bridges, a stack of jumping poles was kept at every house and used for vaulting over the canals.

Distance pole vaulting competitions continue to be held annually in the lowlands around the North Sea. These far-jumping competitions (Frisian: Fierljeppen) are not based on height.[3]

In his book The Mechanics of the Pole Vault, Richard Ganslen reports that the London Gymnastic Society under Professor Voelker held measured pole vaulting events in 1826, involving 1,300 participants and recording heights up to 10 ft 10 in (3.3 m).[4] Other early pole vaulting competitions where height was measured took place at the Ulverston Football and Cricket Club, Lancashire, north of the sands (now Cumbria) in 1843.[5] Modern competition began around 1850 in Germany, when pole vaulting was added to the exercises of the Turner gymnastic clubs by Johann C. F. GutsMuths and Friedrich L. Jahn. In Great Britain, it was first practiced at the Caledonian Games.

Initially, vaulting poles were made from stiff materials such as bamboo or aluminum. The introduction of flexible vaulting poles in the early 1950s made from composites such as fiberglass or carbon fiber allowed vaulters to achieve greater height.[6]

Pole vaulter Allison Stokke prepares for her jump

In 2000, IAAF rule 260.18a (formerly 260.6a) was amended, so that "world records" (as opposed to "indoor world records") can be set in a facility "with or without roof". This rule was not applied retroactively,[7] With many indoor facilities not conforming to outdoor track specifications for size and flatness, the pole vault is the only world record set indoors.

Modern vaulting

Today, athletes compete in the pole vault as one of the four jumping events in track and field. Because the high jump and pole vault are both vertical jumps, the competitions are conducted similarly. Each athlete can choose what height they would like to enter the competition. Once they enter, they have three attempts to clear the height. If a height is cleared, the vaulter advances to the next height, where they will have three more attempts. Once the vaulter has three consecutive misses, they are out of the competition and the highest height they cleared is their result. A "no height", often denoted "NH", refers to the failure of a vaulter to clear any bar during the competition.

Once the vaulter enters the competition, they can choose to pass heights. If a vaulter achieves a miss on their first attempt at a height, they can pass to the next height, but they will only have two attempts at that height, as they will be out once they achieve three consecutive misses. Similarly, after earning two misses at a height, they could pass to the next height, when they would have only one attempt.

An athlete passes the bar with the aid of a pole

The competitor who clears the highest height is the winner. If two or more vaulters have finished with the same height, the tie is broken by the number of misses at the final height. If the tied vaulters have the same number of misses at the last height cleared, the tie is broken by the total number of misses in the competition.

If there is still a tie for first place, a jump-off occurs to break the tie. Marks achieved in this type of jump-off are considered valid and count for any purpose that a mark achieved in a normal competition would.

If a tie in the other places still exists, a jump-off is not normally conducted, unless the competition is a qualifying meet, and the tie exists in the final qualifying spot. In this case, an administrative jump-off is conducted to break the tie, but the marks are not considered valid for any other purpose than breaking the tie.

A jump-off is a sudden death competition in which the tied vaulters attempt the same height, starting with the last attempted height. If both vaulters miss, the bar goes down by a small increment, and if both clear, the bar goes up by a small increment. A jump-off ends when one vaulter clears and the other misses. Each vaulter gets one attempt at each height until one makes and one misses.

The equipment and rules for pole vaulting are similar to the high jump. Unlike high jump, however, the athlete in the vault has the ability to select the horizontal position of the bar before each jump and can place it a distance beyond the back of the box, the metal pit that the pole is placed into immediately before takeoff. The range of distance the vaulter may place the standards varies depending on the level of competition.

Painting by former athlete Raffaello Ducceschi depicting the pole vault

If the pole used by the athlete dislodges the bar from the uprights, a foul attempt is ruled, even if the athlete has cleared the height. An athlete does not benefit from quickly leaving the landing pad before the bar has fallen. The exception to this rule if the vaulter is vaulting outdoors and has made a clear effort to throw the pole back, but the wind has blown the pole into the bar; this counts as a clearance. This call is made at the discretion of the pole vault official. If the pole breaks during the execution of a vault, it is considered an equipment failure and is ruled a non-jump, neither a make nor a miss. Other types of equipment failure include the standards slipping down or the wind dislodging the bar when no contact was made by the vaulter.

Each athlete has a set amount of time in which to make an attempt. The amount of time varies by level of competition and the number of vaulters remaining. If the vaulter fails to begin an attempt within this time, the vaulter is charged with a time foul and the attempt is a miss.

Poles are manufactured with ratings corresponding to the vaulter's maximum weight. Some organizations forbid vaulters to use poles rated below their weight as a safety precaution. The recommended weight corresponds to a flex rating that is determined by the manufacturer by placing a standardized amount of stress (most commonly a 50 lb (23 kg) weight) on the pole and measuring how much the center of the pole is displaced. Therefore, two poles rated at the same weight are not necessarily the same stiffness.

Because pole stiffness and length are important factors to a vaulter's performance, it is not uncommon for an elite vaulter to carry as many as ten poles to a competition. The effective properties of a pole can be changed by gripping the pole higher or lower in relation to the top of the pole. The left and right handgrips are typically a bit more than shoulder width apart. Poles are manufactured for people of all skill levels and body sizes, with sizes as short as 3.05 m (10 ft 0 in) to as long as 5.30 m (17 ft 5 in), with a wide range of weight ratings. Each manufacturer determines the weight rating for the pole and the location of the maximum handhold band.

However speed is the most essential element to higher jumps, because the energy produced by the run is converted to vertical propulsion . Assuming no loss of energy , this means that .


Competitive pole vaulting began using solid ash poles. As the heights attained increased, the bamboo poles gave way to tubular aluminum,[8] which was tapered at each end. Today's pole vaulters benefit from poles produced by wrapping pre-cut sheets of fiberglass that contains resin around a metal pole mandrel, to produce a slightly curved pole that bends more easily under the compression caused by an athlete's take-off. The shape of the fiberglass sheets and the amount of fiberglass used is carefully planned to provide the desired length and stiffness of pole. Different fiber types, including carbon-fiber, are used to give poles specific characteristics intended to promote higher jumps. In recent years, carbon fiber has been added to the commonly used E-glass and S-glass materials to create a lighter pole.

As in the high jump, the landing area was originally a heap of sawdust or sand where athletes landed on their feet. As technology enabled higher vaults, mats evolved into bags of large chunks of foam. Today's high-tech mats are foam usually 1-1.5 meters (3 ft 3 in-4 ft 11 in) thick. Mats are growing larger in area as well to minimize risk of injury. Proper landing technique is on the back or shoulders. Landing on the feet should be avoided, to eliminate the risk of injury to the lower extremities, particularly ankle sprains.

Rule changes over the years have resulted in larger landing areas and additional padding of all hard and unyielding surfaces.

The pole vault crossbar has evolved from a triangular aluminum bar to a round fiberglass bar with rubber ends. This is balanced on standards and can be knocked off when it is hit by a pole vaulter or the pole. Rule changes have led to shorter pegs and crossbar ends that are semi-circular.


Phases of pole vaulting

Although many techniques are used by vaulters at various skill levels to clear the bar, the generally accepted technical model can be broken down into several phases:


During the approach the pole vaulter sprints down the runway in such a way as to achieve maximum speed and correct position to initiate takeoff at the end of the approach. Top class vaulters use approaches with 18 to 22 strides, often referred to as a "step" in which every other foot is counted as one step. The run-up to the vaulting pit begins forcefully with the vaulter running powerfully in a relaxed, upright position with knees lifted and torso leaning very slightly forward. The head, shoulders and hips are aligned, the vaulter increasing speed as the body becomes erect. The tip of the vaulting pole is angled higher than eye level until three paces from takeoff, when the pole tip descends efficiently, amplifying run speed as the pole is planted into the vault box. The faster the vaulter can run and the more efficient their take-off is, the greater the kinetic energy that can be achieved and used during the vault.

Plant and take-off

The plant and take off is initiated typically three steps out from the final step. Vaulters will usually count their steps backwards from their starting point to the box only counting the steps taken on the left foot (vice versa for left-handers) except for the second step from the box, which is taken by the right foot. For example; a vaulter on a "ten count" (referring to the number of counted steps from the starting point to the box) would count backwards from ten, only counting the steps taken with the left foot, until the last three steps taken and both feet are counted as three, two, one. These last three steps are normally quicker than the previous strides and are referred to as the "turn-over". The goal of this phase is to efficiently translate the kinetic energy accumulated from the approach into potential energy stored by the elasticity of the pole, and to gain as much initial vertical height as possible by jumping off the ground. The plant starts with the vaulter raising their arms up from around the hips or mid-torso until they are fully outstretched above the head, with the right arm extended directly above the head and the left arm extended perpendicular to the pole (vice versa for left-handed vaulters). At the same time, the vaulter is dropping the pole tip into the box. On the final step, the vaulter jumps off the trail leg which should always remain straight and then drives the front knee forward. As the pole slides into the back of the box the pole begins to bend and the vaulter continues up and forward, leaving the trail leg angled down and behind.

Swing up

The swing and row simply consists of the vaulter swinging the trail leg forward and rowing the pole, bringing the top arm down to the hips, while trying to keep the trail leg straight to store more potential energy into the pole, the rowing motion also keeps the pole bent for a longer period of time for the vaulter to get into optimum position. Once in a "U" shape the left arm hugs the pole tight to efficiently use the recoil within the pole. The goal is to carry out these motions as thoroughly and as quickly as possible; it is a race against the unbending of the pole. Effectively, this causes a double pendulum motion, with the top of the pole moving forward and pivoting from the box, while the vaulter acts as a second pendulum pivoting from the right hand. This action gives the vaulter the best position possible to be "ejected" off the pole. The swing continues until the hips are above the head and the arms are pulling the pole close to the chest; from there the vaulter shoots their legs up over the cross bar while keeping the pole close.[9][10]


The extension refers to the extension of the hips upward with outstretched legs as the shoulders drive down, causing the vaulter to be positioned upside down. This position is often referred to as "inversion". While this phase is executed, the pole begins to recoil, propelling the vaulter quickly upward. The hands of the vaulter remain close to the body as they move from the shins back to the region around the hips and upper torso.


The turn is executed immediately after or even during the end of the rockback. As the name implies, the vaulter turns 180° toward the pole while extending the arms down past the head and shoulders. Typically the vaulter will begin to angle their body toward the bar as the turn is executed, although ideally the vaulter will remain as vertical as possible. A more accurate description of this phase of the vault may be "the spin" because the vaulter spins around an imaginary axis from head to toe.


This is often highly emphasized by spectators and novice vaulters, but it is the easiest phase of the vault and is a result of proper execution of previous phases. This phase mainly consists of the vaulter pushing off the pole and releasing it so it falls away from the bar and mats. As the torso goes over and around the bar, the vaulter is facing the bar. Rotation of the body over the bar occurs naturally, and the vaulter's main concern is making sure that their arms, face and any other appendages do not knock the bar off as they go over. The vaulter should land near the middle of the foam landing mats, or pits, face up.


The cross bar that is suspended above the ground by the standards.
A trapezoidal indentation in the ground with a metal or fiberglass covering at the end of the runway in which vaulters "plant" their pole. The back wall of the box is nearly vertical and is approximately 8 inches (20 cm) in depth. The bottom of the box gradually slopes upward approximately 3 feet (90 cm) until it is level with the runway. The covering in the box ensures the pole will slide to the back of the box without catching on anything. The covering's lip overlaps onto the runway and ensures a smooth transition from all-weather surface so a pole being planted does not catch on the box.
Drive knee
During the plant phase, the knee is driven forward at the time of "takeoff" to help propel the vaulter upward.
The location of the vaulter's top hand on the pole. As the vaulter improves, their grip may move up the pole incrementally. The other hand is typically placed shoulder-width down from the top hand. Hands are not allowed to grip the very top of the pole (their hand perpendicular to the pole) for safety reasons.
Jump foot
The foot that the vaulter uses to leave the ground as they begin their vault. It is also referred to as the take-off foot.
The mats used for landing in pole vault.
Plant position
The position a vaulter is in the moment the pole reaches the back of the box and the vaulter begins their vault. Their arms are fully extended and their drive knee begins to come up as they jump.
The fiberglass equipment used to propel the vaulter up and over the bar. One side is stiffer than the other to facilitate the bending of the pole after the plant. A vaulter may rest the pole on their arm to determine which side is the stiff side.
The equipment that holds the bar at a particular height above the ground. Standards may be adjusted to raise and lower the bar and also to adjust the horizontal position of the bar.
Since the box is in a fixed position, vaulters must adjust their approach to ensure they are in the correct position when attempting to vault.
Swing leg or trail leg
The swing leg is also the jump foot. After a vaulter has left the ground, the leg that was last touching the ground stays extended and swings forward to help propel the vaulter upwards.
A method of holding or pushing the bar back onto the pegs while jumping over a height. This takes considerable skill, although it is now against the rules and counted as a miss. The technique is named after U.S. Olympian Dave Volz, who made an art form of the practice and surprised many by making the U.S. Olympic team in 1992.

All-time top 25 athletes


  set prior to IAAF acceptance of certain indoor marks for world records (in 2000)

Men (comprehensive)

Rank Mark Athlete Date Venue Ref
1 6.18 m (20 ft 3 in)  Armand Duplantis (SWE) 15 February 2020 Glasgow (indoor)
2 6.16 m (20 ft  in)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 15 February 2014 Donetsk (indoor) [13]
3 6.15 m (20 ft 2 in)  Sergey Bubka (UKR) 21 February 1993 Donetsk (indoor)
4 6.06 m (19 ft  in)  Steve Hooker (AUS) 7 February 2009 Boston (indoor)
 Sam Kendricks (USA) 27 July 2019 Des Moines [14]
6 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in)  Maksim Tarasov (RUS) 16 June 1999 Athens
 Dmitri Markov (AUS) 9 August 2001 Edmonton
8 6.04 m (19 ft  in)  Brad Walker (USA) 8 June 2008 Eugene
9 6.03 m (19 ft  in)  Okkert Brits (RSA) 18 August 1995 Cologne
 Jeff Hartwig (USA) 14 June 2000 Jonesboro
 Thiago Braz da Silva (BRA) 15 August 2016 Rio de Janeiro [15]
12 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in)
 Radion Gataullin (URS) 4 February 1989 Gomel (indoor)
 Piotr Lisek (POL) 12 July 2019 Monaco [16]
14 6.01 m (19 ft  in)  Igor Trandenkov (RUS) 4 July 1996 Saint Petersburg
 Timothy Mack (USA) 18 September 2004 Monaco
 Yevgeny Lukyanenko (RUS) 1 July 2008 Bydgoszcz
 Björn Otto (GER) 5 September 2012 Aachen
18 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in)  Tim Lobinger (GER) 27 August 1997 Cologne
 Jean Galfione (FRA) 6 March 1999 Maebashi (indoor)
 Danny Ecker (GER) 11 February 2001 Dortmund (indoor)
 Toby Stevenson (USA) 8 May 2004 Modesto
 Paul Burgess (AUS) 25 February 2005 Perth
 Timur Morgunov (RUS) 12 August 2018 Berlin [17]
6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) A  Shawnacy Barber (CAN) 15 January 2016 Reno (indoor) [18]
25 5.98 m (19 ft  in)  Lawrence Johnson (USA) 25 May 1996 Knoxville


Below is a list of vaults equal or superior to 6.00m.

  • Sergey Bubka also vaulted 6.14 m (20 ft  in) (1993, 1994), 6.13 m (20 ft  in) (1992), 6.12 m (20 ft  in) (1991), 6.11 m (20 ft  in) (1991), 6.10 m (20 ft 0 in) (1991), 6.08 m (19 ft  in) (1991), 6.06 m (19 ft  in) (1988, 1993), 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) (1990, 1993, 1994, 1997), 6.03 m (19 ft  in) (1987, 1989), 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in) (1996), 6.01 m (19 ft  in) (1986, 1993), and 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (1985, 1989, 1991, 1992, 1994, 1995).
  • Renaud Lavillenie also vaulted 6.08 m (19 ft  in) (2014), 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) (2015), 6.04 m (19 ft  in) (2014, 2015), 6.03 m (19 ft  in) (2011, 2016), 6.02 m (19 ft 9 in) (2015, 2016), 6.01 m (19 ft  in) (2009, 2013, 2015) and 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (2015).
  • Steve Hooker also vaulted 6.01 m (19 ft  in) (2010) and 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (2008).
  • Piotr Lisek also vaulted 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (2017i) and 6.01 m (19 ft  in) (2019).
  • Radion Gataullin also vaulted 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (1989, 1993).
  • Armand Duplantis also vaulted 6.17 m (20 ft  in) (2020), 6.07 m (19 ft  in) (2020), 6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) (2018), 6.01 m (19 ft  in) (2020) and 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (2018, 2019, 2020).
  • Maksim Tarasov also vaulted 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (1999).
  • Sam Kendricks also vaulted 6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) (2017, 2019).

Women (comprehensive)

Rank Mark Athlete Date Place Ref
1 5.06 m (16 ft 7 in)  Yelena Isinbayeva (RUS) 28 August 2009 Zürich
2 5.03 m (16 ft 6 in)  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 30 January 2016 Brockport (indoor) [21]
3 5.00 m (16 ft  in)  Sandi Morris (USA) 9 September 2016 Brussels [22]
4 4.95 m (16 ft  in)  Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA) (Russia) 29 September 2019 Doha [23]
5 4.94 m (16 ft  in)  Eliza McCartney (NZL) 17 July 2018 Jockgrim [24]
6 4.91 m (16 ft  in)  Yarisley Silva (CUB) 2 August 2015 Beckum
 Katerina Stefanidi (GRE) 6 August 2017 London [25]
4.91 m (16 ft  in) A  Katie Nageotte (USA) 18 February 2018 Albuquerque (indoor) [26]
9 4.90 m (16 ft  in)  Demi Payne (USA) 20 February 2016 New York City (indoor) [27]
10 4.88 m (16 ft 0 in)  Svetlana Feofanova (RUS) 4 July 2004 Heraklion
11 4.87 m (15 ft  in)  Holly Bleasdale (GBR) 21 January 2012 Villeurbanne (indoor)
 Fabiana Murer (BRA) 3 July 2016 São Bernardo do Campo [28]
13 4.85 m (15 ft  in)  Anna Rogowska (POL) 6 March 2011 Paris (indoor)
14 4.83 m (15 ft 10 in)  Stacy Dragila (USA) 8 June 2004 Ostrava
 Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou (GRE) 4 July 2015 Saint-Denis [29]
16 4.82 m (15 ft  in)  Monika Pyrek (POL) 22 September 2007 Stuttgart
 Silke Spiegelburg (GER) 21 July 2012 Fontvieille
 Alysha Newman (CAN) 24 August 2019
28 August 2019
Zürich (indoor)
19 4.81 m (15 ft  in)  Alana Boyd (AUS) 2 July 2016 Sunshine Coast [32]
 Angelica Bengtsson (SWE) 24 February 2019 Clermont-Ferrand (indoor) [33]
21 4.80 m (15 ft  in)  Martina Strutz (GER) 30 August 2011 Daegu
 Nicole Büchler (SUI) 17 March 2016 Portland (indoor) [34]
23 4.78 m (15 ft 8 in)  Tatyana Polnova (RUS) 19 September 2004 Monaco
24 4.77 m (15 ft  in)  Annika Becker (GER) 7 July 2002 Wattenscheid
25 4.76 m (15 ft  in)  Jirina Ptacnikova (CZE) 4 September 2013 Plzen


Below is a list of vaults equal or superior to 4.85m:

  • Yelena Isinbayeva also vaulted 5.05 m (16 ft  in) (2008), 5.01 m (16 ft 5 in) (2005, 2012), 5.00 m (16 ft  in) (2009), 4.95 m (16 ft  in) (2008), 4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) (2007), 4.92 m (16 ft  in) (2004), 4.91 m (16 ft  in) (2006, 2007), 4.90 m (16 ft  in) (2005, 2016), 4.89 m (16 ft  in) (2013), 4.86 m (15 ft  in) (2004), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2010, 2011).
  • Jennifer Suhr also vaulted 5.02 m (16 ft  in) (2013), 5.01 m (16 ft 5 in) (2016), 4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) (2018), 4.92 m (16 ft  in) (2008), 4.91 m (16 ft  in) (2011, 2013, 2019), 4.89 m (16 ft  in) (2010), 4.88 m (16 ft 0 in) (2007, 2012), 4.87 m (15 ft  in) (2018), 4.86 m (15 ft  in) (2011), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2018).
  • Sandi Morris also vaulted 4.95 m (16 ft  in) (2016, 2018i), 4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) (2016), 4.90 m (16 ft  in) (2019), 4.90 m (16 ft  in)i (A) (2018), 4.88 m (16 ft 0 in) (2018), 4.87 m (15 ft  in) (2017), 4.86 m (15 ft  in)i (2018), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2016, 2018, 2019).
  • Eliza McCartney also vaulted 4.92 m (16 ft  in) (2018), 4.87 m (15 ft  in) (2018), 4.86 m (15 ft  in) (2018), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2018, 2019).
  • Katerina Stefanidi also vaulted 4.90 m (16 ft  in) (2016), 4.87 m (15 ft  in) (2017, 2018), 4.86 m (15 ft  in) (2016), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019).
  • Anzhelika Sidorova also vaulted 4.91 m (16 ft  in)i (2019), 4.90 m (16 ft  in)i (2018), 4.87 m (15 ft  in)i (2018), 4.86 m (15 ft  in)i (2018), 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2016, 2018, 2019i).
  • Katie Nageotte also vaulted 4.86 m (15 ft  in)i (2018, 2019).
  • Fabiana Murer also vaulted 4.85 m (15 ft  in) (2010).

Six metres club

The "six metres club" consists of pole vaulters who have reached at least 6.00.[35] In 1985 Sergey Bubka became the first pole vaulter to clear six metres.

Measure Athlete Nation Outdoors Indoors Year first
6 metres
6.18 Armand Duplantis  Sweden 6.05 6.18 2018
6.16 Renaud Lavillenie  France 6.05 6.16 2009
6.15 Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union /  Ukraine 6.14 6.15 1985
6.06 Steve Hooker  Australia 6.00 6.06 2008
Sam Kendricks  United States 6.06 6.01 2017
6.05 Maksim Tarasov  Russia 6.05 6.00 1997
Dmitri Markov  Belarus /  Australia 6.05 5.85 1998
6.04 Brad Walker  United States 6.04 5.86 2006
6.03 Okkert Brits  South Africa 6.03 5.90 1995
Jeff Hartwig  United States 6.03 6.02 1998
Thiago Braz da Silva  Brazil 6.03 5.93 2016
6.02 Rodion Gataullin  Soviet Union /  Russia 6.00 6.02 1989
Piotr Lisek  Poland 6.02 6.00 2017
6.01 Igor Trandenkov  Russia 6.01 5.90 1996
Timothy Mack  United States 6.01 5.85 2004
Yevgeniy Lukyanenko  Russia 6.01 5.90 2008
Björn Otto  Germany 6.01 5.92 2012
6.00 Tim Lobinger  Germany 6.00 5.95 1997
Jean Galfione  France 5.98 6.00 1999
Danny Ecker  Germany 5.93 6.00 2001
Toby Stevenson  United States 6.00 5.81 2004
Paul Burgess  Australia 6.00 5.80 2005
Shawnacy Barber  Canada 5.93 6.00 2016
Timur Morgunov  Russia 6.00 5.91 2018

Note : on April 1, 1988 Ferenc Salbert (FRA) vaulted 6.02m during in Montpellier, France. This performance was never homologated because it was an made during an exhibition on a donwhill runway.

Five metres club

Three women have cleared 5 metres. Yelena Isinbayeva was the first to clear 5.00 m (16 ft  in) on July 22, 2005. On March 2, 2013, Jenn Suhr cleared 5.02 m (16 ft  in) indoors to become the second. Sandi Morris cleared 5.00 meters on September 9, 2016, to become the third.

Measure Athlete Nation Outdoors Indoors Year first

cleared 5 metres

5.06 Yelena Isinbayeva  Russia 5.06 5.01 2005
5.03 Jennifer Suhr  United States 4.93 5.03 2013
5.00 Sandi Morris  United States 5.00 4.95 2016


This is a list of the first time a milestone height was cleared.[36]

Measure Athlete Nation Date
13 ft (3.96 m) Robert Gardner  United States 1 June 1912
4 m (13 ft  in) Marc Wright  United States 8 June 1912
14 ft (4.27 m) Sabin Carr  United States 27 May 1927
4.5 m (14 ft 9 in) William Sefton [37]  United States 29 May 1937
15 ft (4.57 m) Cornelius "Dutch" Warmerdam  United States 13 April 1940
16 ft (4.88 m) John Uelses  United States 31 March 1962
5 m (16 ft 5 in) Brian Sternberg  United States 27 April 1963
17 ft (5.18 m) John Pennel  United States 24 August 1963
18 ft (5.49 m) Christos Papanikolaou  Greece 24 October 1970
5.5 m (18 ft  in) Kjell Isaksson  Sweden 8 April 1972
19 ft (5.79 m) Thierry Vigneron  France 20 June 1981
6 m (19 ft 8 in) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union 13 July 1985
20 ft (6.10 m) Sergey Bubka  Soviet Union 16 March 1991 (indoors)
5 August 1991 (outdoors)

Olympic medalists


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1896 Athens
William Hoyt
 United States
Albert Tyler
 United States
Evangelos Damaskos
Ioannis Theodoropoulos
1900 Paris
Irving Baxter
 United States
Meredith Colket
 United States
Carl Albert Andersen
1904 St. Louis
Charles Dvorak
 United States
LeRoy Samse
 United States
Louis Wilkins
 United States
1908 London
Edward Cook
 United States
none awarded Edward Archibald
Clare Jacobs
 United States
Alfred Gilbert
 United States
Bruno Söderström
1912 Stockholm
Harry Babcock
 United States
Frank Nelson
 United States
William Halpenny
Frank Murphy
 United States
Marc Wright
 United States
Bertil Uggla
1920 Antwerp
Frank Foss
 United States
Henry Petersen
Edwin Myers
 United States
1924 Paris
Lee Barnes
 United States
Glen Graham
 United States
James Brooker
 United States
1928 Amsterdam
Sabin Carr
 United States
William Droegemueller
 United States
Charles McGinnis
 United States
1932 Los Angeles
Bill Miller
 United States
Shuhei Nishida
George Jefferson
 United States
1936 Berlin
Earle Meadows
 United States
Shuhei Nishida
Sueo ?e
1948 London
Guinn Smith
 United States
Erkki Kataja
Bob Richards
 United States
1952 Helsinki
Bob Richards
 United States
Don Laz
 United States
Ragnar Lundberg
1956 Melbourne
Bob Richards
 United States
Bob Gutowski
 United States
Georgios Roubanis
1960 Rome
Don Bragg
 United States
Ron Morris
 United States
Eeles Landström
1964 Tokyo
Fred Hansen
 United States
Wolfgang Reinhardt
 United Team of Germany
Klaus Lehnertz
 United Team of Germany
1968 Mexico City
Bob Seagren
 United States
Claus Schiprowski
 West Germany
Wolfgang Nordwig
 East Germany
1972 Munich
Wolfgang Nordwig
 East Germany
Bob Seagren
 United States
Jan Johnson
 United States
1976 Montreal
Tadeusz ?lusarski
Antti Kalliomäki
David Roberts
 United States
1980 Moscow
W?adys?aw Kozakiewicz
Tadeusz ?lusarski
none awarded
Konstantin Volkov
 Soviet Union
1984 Los Angeles
Pierre Quinon
Mike Tully
 United States
Earl Bell
 United States
Thierry Vigneron
1988 Seoul
Sergey Bubka
 Soviet Union
Radion Gataullin
 Soviet Union
Grigoriy Yegorov
 Soviet Union
1992 Barcelona
Maksim Tarasov
 Unified Team
Igor Trandenkov
 Unified Team
Javier García
1996 Atlanta
Jean Galfione
Igor Trandenkov
Andrei Tivontchik
2000 Sydney
Nick Hysong
 United States
Lawrence Johnson
 United States
Maksim Tarasov
2004 Athens
Timothy Mack
 United States
Toby Stevenson
 United States
Giuseppe Gibilisco
2008 Beijing
Steve Hooker
Yevgeny Lukyanenko
Derek Miles
 United States
2012 London
Renaud Lavillenie
Björn Otto
Raphael Holzdeppe
2016 Rio de Janeiro
Thiago Braz da Silva
Renaud Lavillenie
Sam Kendricks
 United States


World Championships medalists


Championships Gold Silver Bronze
1983 Helsinki
 Sergey Bubka (URS)  Konstantin Volkov (URS)  Atanas Tarev (BUL)
1987 Rome
 Sergey Bubka (URS)  Thierry Vigneron (FRA)  Radion Gataullin (URS)
1991 Tokyo
 Sergey Bubka (URS)  István Bagyula (HUN)  Maksim Tarasov (URS)
1993 Stuttgart
 Sergey Bubka (UKR)  Grigoriy Yegorov (KAZ)  Maksim Tarasov (RUS)
 Igor Trandenkov (RUS)
1995 Gothenburg
 Sergey Bubka (UKR)  Maksim Tarasov (RUS)  Jean Galfione (FRA)
1997 Athens
 Sergey Bubka (UKR)  Maksim Tarasov (RUS)  Dean Starkey (USA)
1999 Seville
 Maksim Tarasov (RUS)  Dmitri Markov (AUS)  Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)
2001 Edmonton
 Dmitri Markov (AUS)  Aleksandr Averbukh (ISR)  Nick Hysong (USA)
2003 Saint-Denis
 Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA)  Okkert Brits (RSA)  Patrik Kristiansson (SWE)
2005 Helsinki
 Rens Blom (NED)  Brad Walker (USA)  Pavel Gerasimov (RUS)
2007 Osaka
 Brad Walker (USA)  Romain Mesnil (FRA)  Danny Ecker (GER)
2009 Berlin
 Steve Hooker (AUS)  Romain Mesnil (FRA)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
2011 Daegu
 Pawe? Wojciechowski (POL)  Lázaro Borges (CUB)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
2013 Moscow
 Raphael Holzdeppe (GER)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)  Björn Otto (GER)
2015 Beijing
 Shawnacy Barber (CAN)  Raphael Holzdeppe (GER)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
 Pawel Wojciechowski (POL)
 Piotr Lisek (POL)
2017 London
 Sam Kendricks (USA)  Piotr Lisek (POL)  Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
2019 Doha
 Sam Kendricks (USA)  Armand Duplantis (SWE)  Piotr Lisek (POL)


World Indoor Championships medalists


Games Gold Silver Bronze
1985 Paris[A]  Sergey Bubka (URS)  Thierry Vigneron (FRA)  Vasiliy Bubka (URS)
1987 Indianapolis
 Sergey Bubka (URS)  Earl Bell (USA)  Thierry Vigneron (FRA)
1989 Budapest
 Radion Gataullin (URS)  Grigoriy Yegorov (URS)  Joe Dial (USA)
1991 Seville
 Sergey Bubka (URS)  Viktor Ryzhenkov (URS)  Ferenc Salbert (FRA)
1993 Toronto
 Radion Gataullin (RUS)  Grigoriy Yegorov (KAZ)  Jean Galfione (FRA)
1995 Barcelona
 Sergey Bubka (UKR)  Igor Potapovich (KAZ)  Okkert Brits (RSA)
 Andrei Tivontchik (GER)
1997 Paris
 Igor Potapovich (KAZ)  Lawrence Johnson (USA)  Maksim Tarasov (RUS)
1999 Maebashi
 Jean Galfione (FRA)  Jeff Hartwig (USA)  Danny Ecker (GER)
2001 Lisbon
 Lawrence Johnson (USA)  Tye Harvey (USA)  Romain Mesnil (FRA)
2003 Birmingham
 Tim Lobinger (GER)  Michael Stolle (GER)  Rens Blom (NED)
2004 Budapest
 Igor Pavlov (RUS)  Adam Ptá?ek (CZE)  Denys Yurchenko (UKR)
2006 Moscow
 Brad Walker (USA)  Alhaji Jeng (SWE)  Tim Lobinger (GER)
2008 Valencia
 Yevgeny Lukyanenko (RUS)  Brad Walker (USA)  Steve Hooker (AUS)
2010 Doha
 Steve Hooker (AUS)  Malte Mohr (GER)  Alexander Straub (USA)
2012 Istanbul
 Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)  Björn Otto (GER)  Brad Walker (USA)
2014 Sopot
 Malte Mohr (GER)  Jan Kudli?ka (CZE)
2016 Portland
 Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)  Sam Kendricks (USA)  Piotr Lisek (POL)
2018 Birmingham
 Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)  Sam Kendricks (USA)  Piotr Lisek (POL)
  • A Known as the World Indoor Games


Season's bests

  • "i" denotes indoor performance.
  • "A" denotes performance at higher than 1,000 metres (3,300 ft) altitude.

Notes and references

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  37. ^ Note: Earle Meadows cleared the same height minutes later in the same competition

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