Pole Vault at the Olympics

Pole vault is one of the 24 events that are contested as a part of the track and field disciple in the Olympics. The men's event has been a part of the games since the first Olympics in 1896. The women's event however was added to the Olympics only recently during the 2000 Sydney Games.

The United States has dominated the men's pole vault event at the Olympics thus far winning 21 gold medals and 44 total medals (including 2012 results). Germany is in a distant second place with 5 total medals. Bob Richards of the United States is the only man to have won the gold medal twice.

Though the women's event has been recent, Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia, has left a significant mark by winning the gold medal consecutively in 2004 and 2008 and setting a World and Olympic record both times. Jenn Suhr of the United States is the current reigning champion who also has a silver medal to her name in the 2008 Olympics.

As of March 2016, the current Olympic record of 5.97m for the men's event is held by Renaud Lavillenie of France, which was set during the 2012 London Olympics. For the women's event, the record is 5.05m set by Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia during the 2008 Beijing Games.


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