| Event type

Pole Vault, Men

Date25 April 1906
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants11 from 8 countries
FormatFinal only.

The favorite was France’s Fernand Gonder, who had set several world records. The rest of the field was very representative, however, perhaps the top internationally flavored Olympic event to date. America’s Ed Glover had won the 1905 AAU championship, while Sweden’s Bruno Söderström was to win the 1907 AAA championship, which in 1908 would be taken by Canada’s Ed Archibald.

Archibald was hampered in Athens, however, as his pole was lost on the train ride through Italy. When the Canadian athletes arrived in Naples, the train officials refused permission for Archibald to carry the pole in the passenger’s coach, but agreed to secure it for him behind the engines. When the train reached Tarranto, however, the pole was nowhere to be found. A Greek official loaned him a pole, but it broke and almost impaled him, shattering his confidence. He had been vaulting nearly 12 feet (3.65) in practice with his own pole, but never came close to that height in Athens with the strange poles.

The opening height was 2.50 m. and as in the high jump, everybody was forced to jump at every height. Through 3.30 m., only four competitors remained- Bruno Söderström, Ed Glover, Theodoros Makris, and the world-record holder, Fernand Gonder. At 3.35 m., Glover and Makris went out. Söderström was perfect through this height, the only competitor without a miss to that point. Gonder and Söderström both made 3.40 m., but missed their two attempts at 3.50m. After Gonder missed his third effort, Söderström made his third attempt only to have his pole break in mid-flight. A jump-off was started at 3.50 m. and this time, Gonder managed to clear on his first attempt to win the competition. Of the 11 competitors, all but Glover used a bamboo pole, the first time at the Olympics that bamboo was the predominant choice of the vaulters.

PosNrAthleteNOCHeight2.75 m3.00 m3.25 m3.35 m3.40 m3.50 m
1214Fernand GonderFRA3.50o?o?o?o?o?oGold=OR
2641Bruno SöderströmSWE3.40o?o?o?o?o?Silver
3209Ed GloverUSA3.35o?o?o?o?Bronze
4447Theodoros MakrisGRE3.25o?o?o?
=51Heikki ÅhlmanFIN3.00o?o?
=5267Otto HaugNOR3.00o?o?
=5819Imre KissHUN3.00o?o?
=5450Georgios BanikasGRE3.00o?o?
=5348Stefanos KountouriotisGRE3.00o?o?
=10311Bert KerriganUSA2.75o?
=1016Ed ArchibaldCAN2.75o?
DNS42Carl Albert AndersenNOR
DNS384Thore LidénSWE
DNS417Jean MousteyFRA
DNS851Orio PizioITA
DNS864Kálmán SzabóHUN
DNS329Joseph KrämerGER
DNS171Marcel DuboisBEL
DNS822Gustav KrojerAUT
DNS163Léon DupontBEL
DNS732Paul WeinsteinGER
DNS158Michail DorizasGRE
DNS774Emilio BrambillaITA
DNS381Eric LemmingSWE
DNS107Ellery ClarkUSA
DNS109James B. ConnollyUSA
DNS514Meyer PrinsteinUSA
DNS615Martin SheridanUSA
DNS846Theodor ScheidlAUT
DNS486Niels Bernhard LøwDEN
DNS809Uno HäggmanFIN
DNS323Karl KaltenbachGER
DNS571Christos ParsalisGRE
DNS100Frank ConnollyUSA
DNS129Tom CronanUSA