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Pole Vault, Men

Date28 – 30 July 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants19 from 10 countries

In 1980 the world record had been broken by Władysław Kozakiewicz (POL), and Frenchman Thierry Vigneron (twice), and Philippe Houvion. Missing were top American vaulters Mike Tully and Tom Hintnaus. Tadeusz Ślusarski, the defending champion was back, and also highly considered was Soviet favorite Konstantin Volkov. Vigneron struggled in the final, clearing only 5.45 (17-10½) and placing seventh. Four vaulters went over 5.65 (18-6½) – Kozakiewicz, Ślusarski, Volkov, and Houvion, with only Kozakiewicz clearing on his first attempt. Koza also cleared 5.70 (18-8¼), which won the competition, as everybody else would fail at that height. His clearance resulted in booing from the boorish Soviet crowd, who were rooting for Volkov. Kozakiewicz continued on, going over 5.75 (18-10¼) and a world record 5.78 (18-11½) on his second attempt. He celebrated by using a well-known gesture, telling the Soviet crowd where they could shove it. He also attempted 5.82 (19-1) and had one close miss.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
1536Władysław KozakiewiczPOL5.40 (5)5.78 (1)GoldWR
=2548Tadeusz ŚlusarskiPOL5.40 (=1)5.65 (=2)SilverOR
=2743Konstantin VolkovURS5.35 (=8)5.65 (=2)SilverOR
4238Philippe HouvionFRA5.35 (12)5.65 (4)OR
5228Jean-Michel BellotFRA5.40 (3)5.60 (5)OR
6535Mariusz KlimczykPOL5.40 (=1)5.55 (6)OR
7249Thierry VigneronFRA5.40 (4)5.45 (7)
8711Sergey KulibabaURS5.35 (11)5.45 (8)
9197Tapani HaapakoskiFIN5.40 (7)5.45 (9)
10629Miro ZalarSWE5.40 (6)5.35 (10)
11266Brian HooperGBR5.35 (10)5.35 (11)
12212Rauli PudasFIN5.35 (=8)5.25 (12)
13 r1/299Atanas TarevBUL5.25 (13)
14 r1/2608Felix BöhniSUI5.15 (14)
15 r1/2342Axel WeberGDR5.15 (15)
AC r1/241Patrick DesruellesBEL– (NH)
AC r1/2106Ivo YanchevBUL– (NH)
AC r1/2202Antti KalliomäkiFIN– (NH)
AC r1/2724Yury ProkhorenkoURS– (NH)

Qualifying Round (28 July 1980 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.40 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts
=1Mariusz KlimczykPOL5.40013Q
=1Tadeusz ŚlusarskiPOL5.40013Q
3Jean-Michel BellotFRA5.40014Q
4Thierry VigneronFRA5.40037Q
5Władysław KozakiewiczPOL5.40113Q
6Miro ZalarSWE5.40115Q
7Tapani HaapakoskiFIN5.40125Q
=8Rauli PudasFIN5.35002q
=8Konstantin VolkovURS5.35002q
10Brian HooperGBR5.35114q
11Sergey KulibabaURS5.35124q
12Philippe HouvionFRA5.35136q
13Atanas TarevBUL5.25112
14Felix BöhniSUI5.15001
15Axel WeberGDR5.15112
NHPatrick DesruellesBEL
NHIvo YanchevBUL
NHAntti KalliomäkiFIN
NHYury ProkhorenkoURS

Qualifying Round, Group A (28 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts5.15 m5.25 m5.35 m5.40 m
1Tadeusz ŚlusarskiPOL5.40013-xo-o
2Jean-Michel BellotFRA5.40014-oxoo
3Thierry VigneronFRA5.40037xoxoxoo
4Władysław KozakiewiczPOL5.40113-o-xo
5Konstantin VolkovURS5.35002-oo-
6Sergey KulibabaURS5.35124-xoxo-
7Philippe HouvionFRA5.35136oxxoxox--
8Felix BöhniSUI5.15001oxxx
NHAntti KalliomäkiFIN
NHYury ProkhorenkoURS

Qualifying Round, Group B (28 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts5.15 m5.25 m5.35 m5.40 m
1Mariusz KlimczykPOL5.40013-xo-o
2Miro ZalarSWE5.40115oooxo
3Tapani HaapakoskiFIN5.40125-oxoxo
4Rauli PudasFIN5.35002-ooxxx
5Brian HooperGBR5.35114ooxoxxx
6Atanas TarevBUL5.25112-xoxxx
7Axel WeberGDR5.15112xoxxx
NHPatrick DesruellesBEL
NHIvo YanchevBUL

Final Round (30 July 1980 — 16:30)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts5.15 m5.25 m5.35 m5.45 m5.50 m5.55 m5.60 m5.65 m5.70 m5.75 m5.78 m5.82 m
1Władysław KozakiewiczPOL5.78118--o-o-ooooxoxxxWR
=2Tadeusz ŚlusarskiPOL5.65225--o--o-xxoxxxOR
=2Konstantin VolkovURS5.65225--o--o-xxoxx-x--OR
4Philippe HouvionFRA5.65248-xo-xo-o-xxoxxxOR
5Jean-Michel BellotFRA5.60003--o-o-oxxxOR
6Mariusz KlimczykPOL5.55014-o-xo-o-xxxOR
7Thierry VigneronFRA5.45002-o-o-xxx
8Sergey KulibabaURS5.45013-xo-o-xxx
9Tapani HaapakoskiFIN5.45124-xo-xo-xxx
10Miro ZalarSWE5.35002-ooxx-x--
11Brian HooperGBR5.35225ooxxoxxx
12Rauli PudasFIN5.25001-o-xxx