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Pole Vault, Men

Date19 – 20 August 1920
StatusOlympic
LocationOlympisch Stadion, Antwerpen
Participants15 from 7 countries
Olympic Record 3.66 / Ed Cook USA / 24 July 1908

This was a very easy victory for Frank Foss as he won it when he cleared 3.80 metres on his first try, and then went on to clear 3.90. He took one attempt at 4.00, but missed it, and then passed to 4.10 metres, which was re-measured as 4.09 metres, clearing it on his first attempt, for a new world record. Ed Myers, who won the bronze medal, was a bit of a disappointment as he cleared only 3.60. He had jumped 4.00 metres at the U.S. Olympic Trials in finishing second to Foss.

PosNrAthleteNOCHeightQualifying RoundFinal RoundQualifyingFinal
1167Frank FossUSA3.60 (=1)4.09 (1)GoldWR
2103Henry PetersenDEN3.60 (=1)3.70 (2)Silver
3210Ed MyersUSA3.60 (=1)3.60 (3)Bronze
4189Edward KnourekUSA3.60 (=1)3.60 (4)
5618Ernfrid RydbergSWE3.60 (=1)3.60 (5)
698Laurits JørgensenDEN3.60 (=1)3.60 (6)
7185Eldon JenneUSA3.60 (=1)3.60 (7)
8584Georg HögströmSWE3.60 (=1)3.50 (8)
9612Johan MattssonSWE3.60 (=1)3.50 (9)
=10 r1/2325André FrancquenelleFRA3.50 (=10)
=10 r1/2345Paul LagardeFRA3.50 (=10)
=10 r1/2285Jussi RuohoFIN3.50 (=10)
13 r1/230Johann MartinEST3.30 (13)
14 r1/2683René Joannes-PowellBEL3.00 (14)
AC r1/2334Lars Erik TirénSWE– (AC)
DNS627Étienne GajanFRA– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (19 August 1920 — 10:00)

All those clearing 3.60 metres advanced to the finals.

PosAthleteNOCHeight
=1Frank FossUSA3.60Q
=1Henry PetersenDEN3.60Q
=1Ed MyersUSA3.60Q
=1Edward KnourekUSA3.60Q
=1Ernfrid RydbergSWE3.60Q
=1Laurits JørgensenDEN3.60Q
=1Eldon JenneUSA3.60Q
=1Georg HögströmSWE3.60Q
=1Johan MattssonSWE3.60Q
=10André FrancquenelleFRA3.50
=10Paul LagardeFRA3.50
=10Jussi RuohoFIN3.50
13Johann MartinEST3.30
14René Joannes-PowellBEL3.00
ACLars Erik TirénSWENH
DNSÉtienne GajanFRA

Final Round (20 August 1920 — 15:30)

PosAthleteNOCHeight
1Frank FossUSA4.09WR
2Henry PetersenDEN3.70
3Ed MyersUSA3.60
4Edward KnourekUSA3.60
5Ernfrid RydbergSWE3.60
6Laurits JørgensenDEN3.60
7Eldon JenneUSA3.60
8Georg HögströmSWE3.50
9Johan MattssonSWE3.50