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Pole Vault, Men

Date26 – 28 September 1988
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants21 from 13 countries
Olympic Record 4.09 / xxo WR / Frank Foss USA / 20 August 1920

By 1988, Sergey Bubka was the greatest vaulter in the world, and possibly the best of all-time, rivaled only by Cornelius )Dutch) Warmerdam, who never got to compete at the Olympics. Bubka had won the 1983 and 1987 World Championships, the 1986 European Championships, had set nine world records (outdoors), and was the only vaulter to clear 6 metres, a mark he had bettered numerous times, and no one else had. The qualifying round was unusual. Fifteen of the 21 vaulters cleared 5.40 (17-8½). There were then objections by vaulters in Group A that the bar in Group B was being raised at different increments. So the 15 vaulters over 5.40 (17-8½) were advanced, leaving aside the qualifying height of 5.55 (18-2½). In the final, Bubka opened at 5.70 (18-8¼), clearing on his second attempt. He then passed the next four heights. Two other Soviets were still in the competition. Grigory Yegorov had cleared 5.80 (19-0¼), while Rodion Gataullin made 5.85 (19-2¼) on his third attempt. Bubkas cleared 5.90 (19-4¼) on his third attempt to win the gold medal, Yegorov failing at that height. Gataullin passed to 5.95 (19-6¼) but could not clear, winning the silver medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
11028Sergey BubkaURS5.50 (=1)5.90 (1)GoldOR
21036Rodion GataullinURS5.50 (=1)5.85 (2)SilverOR
31033Grigory YegorovURS5.45 (3)5.80 (3)BronzeOR
41072Earl BellUSA5.40 (=4)5.70 (4)
=5322Philippe ColletFRA5.40 (=9)5.70 (=5)
=5357Thierry VigneronFRA5.40 (15)5.70 (=5)
7521István BagyulaHUN5.40 (=9)5.60 (7)
8324Philippe d'EncausseFRA5.40 (=9)5.60 (8)
9307Asko PeltoniemiFIN5.40 (8)5.60 (9)
101134Kory TarpenningUSA5.40 (=4)5.50 (10)
11979Zdeněk LubenskýTCH5.40 (=9)5.50 (11)
121116Billy OlsonUSA5.40 (=9)5.50 (12)
1353Hermann FehringerAUT5.40 (=9)5.40 (13)
AC r2/2844Mirosław ChmaraPOL5.40 (=4)– (AC)
AC r2/2847Marian KolasaPOL5.40 (=4)– (AC)
16 r1/2687Kim Cheol-GyunKOR5.30 (16)
17 r1/2160Paul JustCAN5.30 (17)
AC r1/2139Atanas TarevBUL– (AC)
AC r1/2263Javier GarcíaESP– (AC)
AC r1/2403Andy AshurstGBR– (AC)
AC r1/2693Lee Jae-BokKOR– (AC)

Qualifying Round (26 September 1988)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.55 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses
=1Sergey BubkaURS5.5000q
=1Rodion GataullinURS5.5000q
3Grigory YegorovURS5.4500q
=4Mirosław ChmaraPOL5.4000q
=4Marian KolasaPOL5.4000q
=4Earl BellUSA5.4000q
=4Kory TarpenningUSA5.4000q
8Asko PeltoniemiFIN5.4002q
=9Hermann FehringerAUT5.4011q
=9Philippe ColletFRA5.4011q
=9Philippe d'EncausseFRA5.4011q
=9István BagyulaHUN5.4011q
=9Zdeněk LubenskýTCH5.4011q
=9Billy OlsonUSA5.4011q
15Thierry VigneronFRA5.4012q
16Kim Cheol-GyunKOR5.3014
17Paul JustCAN5.3023
ACAtanas TarevBULNH
ACJavier GarcíaESPNH
ACAndy AshurstGBRNH

Qualifying Round, Group A (26 September 1988)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses5.10 m5.20 m5.30 m5.40 m5.45 m5.50 m5.55 m
=1Sergey BubkaURS5.5000-----o-
=1Rodion GataullinURS5.5000-----o-
3Grigory YegorovURS5.4500----o--
=4Mirosław ChmaraPOL5.4000---o---
=4Earl BellUSA5.4000---o--x--
=4Kory TarpenningUSA5.4000---o--x--
=7Hermann FehringerAUT5.4011--oxo--x--
=7Philippe ColletFRA5.4011---xo---
=7Billy OlsonUSA5.4011---xo---
ACAtanas TarevBULNH

Qualifying Round, Group B (26 September 1988)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses5.10 m5.20 m5.30 m5.40 m
1Marian KolasaPOL5.4000--oo
2Asko PeltoniemiFIN5.4002--xxoo
=3Philippe d'EncausseFRA5.4011-o-xo
=3István BagyulaHUN5.4011oooxo
=3Zdeněk LubenskýTCH5.4011-o-xo
6Thierry VigneronFRA5.4012ooxoxo
7Kim Cheol-GyunKOR5.3014xxoxoxoxxx
8Paul JustCAN5.3023xooxxoxxx
ACJavier GarcíaESPNH
ACAndy AshurstGBRNH

Final Round (28 September 1988 — 12:00)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses5.10 m5.25 m5.40 m5.50 m5.60 m5.65 m5.70 m5.75 m5.80 m5.85 m5.90 m5.95 m
1Sergey BubkaURS5.9023------xo---xxo-OR
2Rodion GataullinURS5.8522------o--xxo-xxxOR
3Grigory YegorovURS5.8001---o--xo-o-xxxOR
4Earl BellUSA5.7000--o-o-oxxx
=5Philippe ColletFRA5.7012---xo--xoxxx
=5Thierry VigneronFRA5.7012-xo-oo-xox--
7István BagyulaHUN5.6000oooooxxx
8Philippe d'EncausseFRA5.6012--ox--xo-xxx
9Asko PeltoniemiFIN5.6022--o-xxo-xxx
10Kory TarpenningUSA5.5000---o-xxx
11Zdeněk LubenskýTCH5.5001-xo-o-xxx
12Billy OlsonUSA5.5022---xxo-xxx
13Hermann FehringerAUT5.4000-ooxxx
ACMirosław ChmaraPOLNH
ACMarian KolasaPOLNH