The open pole vault event on Sunday, 15 July turned out to be a fiasco. The French organizers had held another event on Monday, 16 July, to appease the Americans, who felt they should not have had to compete on Sunday. The handicap pole vault event took place on Thursday, 19 July, with only three starters, of whom only American Meredith Colket was known as a pole vaulter. Colket placed third, however, as the event was won by Hungary’s Jakab Kauser with 3.45 metres off a handicap of 0.45 metres. Later in the day, another open pole vault event was held, again to assuage the Americans, who were still upset about the Sunday pole vault.