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Pole Vault, Women

Date16 – 18 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants36 from 24 countries

Yelena Isinbayeva was an overwhelming favorite in the women’s pole vault and she did not disappoint. The Russian defending champion and 2005 and 2007 World Champion had also set the last 11 world records, starting in 2004, with her last two coming earlier in 2008. American Jenn Stuczynski was the second choice but Isinbayeva would likely have to no height for her to win. Stuczynski did not think so, stating after the Olympics Trials, “I hope we do some damage and, you know, kick some Russian butt.” Isi heard the comment and it only served to rev her up. Isinbayeva opened with a first-vault clearance at 4.70 (15-5). Stuczynski led after clearing 4.80 (15-9), and was the only other vaulter left, as Is passed to 4.85 (15-11). The two then played a game of cat-and-mouse passing, as Stuczynski passed that height. She jumped at 4.90 (16-0¾), at which the Russian passed, but went out after three misses. Isinbayeva now had the gold medal but she was not done. She cleared 4.95 (16-2¾) on her third try and then had the bar moved to the world record height of 5.05 (16-6¾). She needed three attempts but got over the bar for her 12th outdoor world record.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
12784Yelena IsinbayevaRUS4.60 (1)5.05 (1)Gold
23276Jenn StuczynskiUSA4.50 (=2)4.80 (2)Silver
32778Svetlana FeofanovaRUS4.50 (=6)4.75 (3)Bronze
42761Yuliya GolubchikovaRUS4.50 (=10)4.75 (4)
52608Monika PyrekPOL4.50 (=8)4.70 (5)
61859Carolin HingstGER4.50 (=10)4.65 (6)
71879Silke SpiegelburgGER4.50 (12)4.65 (7)
83237April Steiner-BennettUSA4.50 (=6)4.55 (8)
91724Vanessa BoslakFRA4.50 (=2)4.55 (9)
=101241Fabiana MurerBRA4.50 (=2)4.45 (=10)
=102609Anna RogowskaPOL4.50 (=8)4.45 (=10)
121386Gao ShuyingCHN4.50 (=2)4.45 (12)
13 r1/21596Naroa AgirreESP4.40 (13)
14 r1/21905Nastja ReibergerGER4.40 (14)
15 r1/21795Kate DennisonGBR4.40 (15)
=16 r1/21073Alana BoydAUS4.30 (=16)
=16 r1/22411Roslinda SamsuMAS4.30 (=16)
18 r1/21312Kelsie HendryCAN4.30 (18)
=19 r1/22632Joanna PiwowarskaPOL4.30 (=19)
=19 r1/21944Afroditi SkafidaGRE4.30 (=19)
=19 r1/22671Sandra TavaresPOR4.30 (=19)
22 r1/22919Nicole BüchlerSUI4.30 (22)
=23 r1/21725Marion BuissonFRA4.15 (=23)
=23 r1/22059Þórey Edda ElísdóttirISL4.15 (=23)
25 r1/21362Zhou YangCHN4.15 (25)
26 r1/22013Krisztina MolnárHUN4.15 (26)
=27 r1/23129Nataliya KushchUKR4.15 (=27)
=27 r1/21945Nikoleta KyriakopoulouGRE4.15 (=27)
=27 r1/21361Li LingCHN4.15 (=27)
=27 r1/21454Yarisley SilvaCUB4.15 (=27)
31 r1/21033Alejandra GarcíaARG4.15 (31)
=32 r1/23031Leila Ben YoussefTUN4.00 (=32)
=32 r1/21692Vanessa VandyFIN4.00 (=32)
34 r1/21503Anna FoitidouCYP4.00 (34)
AC r1/21508Kateřina BaďurováCZE– (AC)
AC r1/23139Erica BartolinaUSA– (AC)

Qualifying Round (16 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 4.60 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses
1Yelena IsinbayevaRUS4.6000Q
=2Gao ShuyingCHN4.5000q
=2Vanessa BoslakFRA4.5000q
=2Jenn StuczynskiUSA4.5000q
=2Fabiana MurerBRA4.5000q
=6Svetlana FeofanovaRUS4.5001q
=6April Steiner-BennettUSA4.5001q
=8Monika PyrekPOL4.5011q
=8Anna RogowskaPOL4.5011q
=10Carolin HingstGER4.5012q
=10Yuliya GolubchikovaRUS4.5012q
12Silke SpiegelburgGER4.5013q
13Naroa AgirreESP4.4011
14Nastja ReibergerGER4.4012
15Kate DennisonGBR4.4025
=16Alana BoydAUS4.3000
=16Roslinda SamsuMAS4.3000
18Kelsie HendryCAN4.3011
=19Afroditi SkafidaGRE4.3012
=19Sandra TavaresPOR4.3012
=19Joanna PiwowarskaPOL4.3012
22Nicole BüchlerSUI4.3024
=23Þórey Edda ElísdóttirISL4.1500
=23Marion BuissonFRA4.1500
25Zhou YangCHN4.1501
26Krisztina MolnárHUN4.1502
=27Yarisley SilvaCUB4.1522
=27Nataliya KushchUKR4.1522
=27Li LingCHN4.1522
=27Nikoleta KyriakopoulouGRE4.1522
31Alejandra GarcíaARG4.1524
=32Leila Ben YoussefTUN4.0011
=32Vanessa VandyFIN4.0011
34Anna FoitidouCYP4.0022
ACKateřina BaďurováCZENH
ACErica BartolinaUSANH

Qualifying Round, Group A (16 August 2008 — 10:10)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses4.00 m4.15 m4.30 m4.40 m4.50 m4.60 m
1Yelena IsinbayevaRUS4.6000-----o
2Gao ShuyingCHN4.5000--ooo-
=3Svetlana FeofanovaRUS4.5001---xoo-
=3April Steiner-BennettUSA4.5001--xooo-
5Monika PyrekPOL4.5011---oxo-
6Carolin HingstGER4.5012-oxooxo-
7Naroa AgirreESP4.4011oooxoxxx
8Nastja ReibergerGER4.4012-oxoxoxxx
=9Afroditi SkafidaGRE4.3012-xoxoxxx
=9Sandra TavaresPOR4.3012oxoxoxxx
=9Joanna PiwowarskaPOL4.3012xooxoxxx
12Marion BuissonFRA4.1500ooxx-
=13Yarisley SilvaCUB4.1522-xxoxxx
=13Nataliya KushchUKR4.1522-xxo-xxx
=13Li LingCHN4.1522-xxoxxx
16Alejandra GarcíaARG4.1524xxoxxoxxx
=17Leila Ben YoussefTUN4.0011xoxxx
=17Vanessa VandyFIN4.0011xoxxx

Qualifying Round, Group B (16 August 2008 — 10:10)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses4.00 m4.15 m4.30 m4.40 m4.50 m4.60 m
=1Vanessa BoslakFRA4.5000-oooo
=1Jenn StuczynskiUSA4.5000----o
=1Fabiana MurerBRA4.5000---oo
4Anna RogowskaPOL4.5011---oxo
5Yuliya GolubchikovaRUS4.5012--oxoxo
6Silke SpiegelburgGER4.5013--xxooxo
7Kate DennisonGBR4.4025xoxoxoxxoxxx
=8Alana BoydAUS4.3000--oxxx
=8Roslinda SamsuMAS4.3000oooxxx
10Kelsie HendryCAN4.3011--xoxxx
11Nicole BüchlerSUI4.3024xxooxxoxxx
12Þórey Edda ElísdóttirISL4.1500-oxxx
13Zhou YangCHN4.1501xooxxx
14Krisztina MolnárHUN4.1502xxooxxx
15Nikoleta KyriakopoulouGRE4.1522-xxoxxx
16Anna FoitidouCYP4.0022xxoxxx
ACKateřina BaďurováCZENH
ACErica BartolinaUSANH

Final Round (18 August 2008 — 19:20)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses4.30 m4.45 m4.55 m4.65 m4.70 m4.75 m4.80 m4.85 m4.90 m4.95 m5.00 m5.05 m
1Yelena IsinbayevaRUS5.0524----o--o-xxo-xxoWR
2Jenn StuczynskiUSA4.8001--o-oxoo-xxx
3Svetlana FeofanovaRUS4.7501-ooxo-oxxx
4Yuliya GolubchikovaRUS4.7512-ooxooxoxxx
5Monika PyrekPOL4.7011-oooxoxxx
6Carolin HingstGER4.6522oooxxoxxx
7Silke SpiegelburgGER4.6523oxooxxoxxx
8April Steiner-BennettUSA4.5500oooxxx
9Vanessa BoslakFRA4.5511ooxoxxx
=10Anna RogowskaPOL4.4500-oxxx
=10Fabiana MurerBRA4.4500-o-xxx
12Gao ShuyingCHN4.4522oxxoxxx