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Pole Vault, Men

Date31 July – 3 August 2021
StatusOlympic
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants29 from 18 countries

The favorite was the young Swedish-American Mondo Duplantis, who had set the world record earlier in 2021. Duplantis was born in Louisiana to Greg Duplantis, a top American pole vaulter in the 1980s, and a former Swedish heptathlete and volleyball player, Helena Hedlund Duplantis, but Mondo chose to compete for Sweden. His biggest challenger was expected to be American Sam Kendricks, the World Champion in 2017 and 2019, but after arriving in Tokyo, Kendricks tested positive for COVID-19 and had to withdraw.

Duplantis won the gold medal easily. He cleared 5.55, 5.80, 5.92, 5.97, and 6.02 on his first attempts with wide clearances over the bar, and the gold was his. He then attempted a world record 6.19. On his first attempt he was well over the bar but hit it with his chest as he descended. His second attempt was aborted, and he then had a decent effort on this third but failed to clear.

Behind Duplantis, American Chris Nilsen was the only other vaulter over 5.92, which earned him the silver medal. He went on to clear a PR 5.97 but missed his three attempts at 6.02. Defending gold medalist Thiago Braz (BRA) won the bronze medal as the only other vaulter to clear 5.87.

PosNumberCompetitorNOCQualifyingFinal
13563Mondo DuplantisSWE5.75 (=3)6.02 (1)Gold
23957Chris NilsenUSA5.75 (=1)5.97 (2)Silver
31308Thiago BrazBRA5.75 (=8)5.87 (3)Bronze
42223Emmanouil KaralisGRE5.75 (=8)5.80 (=4)
53947KC LightfootUSA5.75 (=3)5.80 (=4)
63200Piotr LisekPOL5.75 (11)5.80 (6)
72042Harry CoppellGBR5.65 (=12)5.80 (7)
81962Renaud LavillenieFRA5.75 (6)5.70 (8)
92186Oleg ZernikelGER5.65 (=12)5.70 (9)
103675Ersu ŞaşmaTUR5.65 (=12)5.70 (10)
112167Bo Kanda Lita-BaehreGER5.75 (=1)5.70 (=11)
123148Ernest ObienaPHI5.75 (10)5.70 (=11)
133030Menno VloonNED5.75 (7)5.55 (13)
141088Kurtis MarschallAUS5.75 (5)– (NM)
15 r1/23207Robert SoberaPOL5.65 (15)
16 r1/21321Augusto DutraBRA5.65 (16)
17 r1/21963Valentin LavillenieFRA5.65 (17)
18 r1/21192Ben BroedersBEL5.65 (18)
=19 r1/22813Jin Min-SeopKOR5.50 (=19)
=19 r1/23949Matt LudwigUSA5.50 (=19)
21 r1/21496Huang BokaiCHN5.50 (21)
=22 r1/21951Ethan CormontFRA5.50 (=22)
=22 r1/22221Kostas FilippidisGRE5.50 (=22)
24 r1/23078Sondre GuttormsenNOR5.50 (24)
=25 r1/22151Torben BlechGER5.30 (=25)
=25 r1/22688Masaki EjimaJPN5.30 (=25)
=25 r1/22722Seito YamamotoJPN5.30 (=25)
28 r1/23211Paweł WojciechowskiPOL5.30 (28)
AC r1/22441Claudio StecchiITA– (NM)
DNS1028Germán ChiaraviglioARG– (DNS)

Qualifying Round

Date31 July 2021 — 9:41
FormatTop 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.80 metres advanced to the final.
PosNumberCompetitorNOCBest Height ClearedMisses at Best Height ClearedTotal Misses thru Best Height Cleared
=12167Bo Kanda Lita-BaehreGER5.7500q
=13957Chris NilsenUSA5.7500q
=33947KC LightfootUSA5.7501q
=33563Mondo DuplantisSWE5.7501q
51088Kurtis MarschallAUS5.7502q
61962Renaud LavillenieFRA5.7503q
73030Menno VloonNED5.7511q
=82223Emmanouil KaralisGRE5.7512q
=81308Thiago BrazBRA5.7512q
103148Ernest ObienaPHI5.7522q
113200Piotr LisekPOL5.7524q
=122186Oleg ZernikelGER5.6500q
=122042Harry CoppellGBR5.6500q
=123675Ersu ŞaşmaTUR5.6500q
153207Robert SoberaPOL5.6501
161321Augusto DutraBRA5.6511
171963Valentin LavillenieFRA5.6522
181192Ben BroedersBEL5.6523
=192813Jin Min-SeopKOR5.5000
=193949Matt LudwigUSA5.5000
211496Huang BokaiCHN5.5001
=221951Ethan CormontFRA5.5011
=222221Kostas FilippidisGRE5.5011
243078Sondre GuttormsenNOR5.5022
=252151Torben BlechGER5.3000
=252688Masaki EjimaJPN5.3000
=252722Seito YamamotoJPN5.3000
283211Paweł WojciechowskiPOL5.3011
NM2441Claudio StecchiITA
DNS1028Germán ChiaraviglioARG

Group A

Date31 July 2021 — 9:42
PosNumberCompetitorNOCBest Height ClearedMisses at Best Height ClearedTotal Misses thru Best Height ClearedAttempts at 5.30 mAttempts at 5.50 mAttempts at 5.65 mAttempts at 5.75 m
13947KC LightfootUSA5.7501oxoooq
21088Kurtis MarschallAUS5.7502poxxooq
31962Renaud LavillenieFRA5.7503pxxoxooq
42223Emmanouil KaralisGRE5.7512ooxoxoq
53148Ernest ObienaPHI5.7522pooxxoq
62186Oleg ZernikelGER5.6500pooxxxq
73207Robert SoberaPOL5.6501pxpoxxr
81321Augusto DutraBRA5.6511ooxoxxx
91963Valentin LavillenieFRA5.6522ooxxoxxx
102813Jin Min-SeopKOR5.5000ooxxx
113078Sondre GuttormsenNOR5.5022pxxoxp
=122151Torben BlechGER5.3000oxxx
=122688Masaki EjimaJPN5.3000oxxx
143211Paweł WojciechowskiPOL5.3011xoxxx
NM2441Claudio StecchiITAxxx

Group B

Date31 July 2021 — 9:41
PosNumberCompetitorNOCBest Height ClearedMisses at Best Height ClearedTotal Misses thru Best Height ClearedAttempts at 5.30 mAttempts at 5.50 mAttempts at 5.65 mAttempts at 5.75 m
=12167Bo Kanda Lita-BaehreGER5.7500poooq
=13957Chris NilsenUSA5.7500poooq
33563Mondo DuplantisSWE5.7501pxoooq
43030Menno VloonNED5.7511oooxoq
51308Thiago BrazBRA5.7512pxooxoq
63200Piotr LisekPOL5.7524poxxoxxoq
=72042Harry CoppellGBR5.6500oooxxxq
=73675Ersu ŞaşmaTUR5.6500pooxxxq
91192Ben BroedersBEL5.6523pxoxxoxxx
103949Matt LudwigUSA5.5000ooxxx
111496Huang BokaiCHN5.5001xooxxx
=121951Ethan CormontFRA5.5011oxoxxx
=122221Kostas FilippidisGRE5.5011oxoxxx
142722Seito YamamotoJPN5.3000oxxx
DNS1028Germán ChiaraviglioARG

Final Round

Date3 August 2021 — 19:24
PosNumberCompetitorNOCBest Height ClearedMisses at Best Height ClearedTotal Misses thru Best Height ClearedAttempts at 5.55 mAttempts at 5.70 mAttempts at 5.80 mAttempts at 5.87 mAttempts at 5.92 mAttempts at 5.97 mAttempts at 6.02 mAttempts at 6.19 m
13563Mondo DuplantisSWE6.0200opopoooxxx
23957Chris NilsenUSA5.9702ooxooxooxxx
31308Thiago BrazBRA5.8702oxoxooxxx
=42223Emmanouil KaralisGRE5.8000oooxxx
=43947KC LightfootUSA5.8000oooxxx
63200Piotr LisekPOL5.8001oxpoxxx
72042Harry CoppellGBR5.8012oxoxoxxx
81962Renaud LavillenieFRA5.7000popxpxx
92186Oleg ZernikelGER5.7001xooxxx
103675Ersu ŞaşmaTUR5.7011oxoxxx
=112167Bo Kanda Lita-BaehreGER5.7022oxxoxxx
=113148Ernest ObienaPHI5.7022oxxoxxx
133030Menno VloonNED5.5500oxxx
NM1088Kurtis MarschallAUSxxx