Pole Vault World Records

The pole vault is one of the jumping events, part of athletics (track and field), requiring a competitor to leap over a bar using a long pole.

The current pole vault world record (as of September 2022) for men is held by Swedish vaulter Armand Duplantis set in 2022 with a vault of 6.21 m (20 ft 4+1⁄4 in). For women, the record is held by Russian Yelena Isinbayeva, set in 2009, with 5.06 m (16 ft 7 in).

an athlete clears the bar in the pole vault an athlete clears the bar in the pole vault

Men's Pole Vault World Record Progression

mens pole vault world record progression

Height Athlete Nation Date
6.21 m (20 ft 4+1⁄4 in) Armand Duplantis Sweden July 24, 2022
6.20 m (20 ft 4 in) Armand Duplantis Sweden March 20, 2022
6.19 m (20 ft 3+1⁄2 in) Armand Duplantis Sweden March 7, 2022
6.18 m (20 ft 3+1⁄4 in) Armand Duplantis Sweden February 15, 2020
6.17 m (20 ft 2+3⁄4 in) Armand Duplantis Sweden February 8, 2020
6.16 m (20 ft 2+1⁄2 in) Renaud Lavillenie France February 15, 2014
6.14 m (20 ft 1+1⁄2 in)  Sergey Bubka Ukraine July 31, 1994
6.13 m (20 ft 1+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Ukraine September 19, 1992
6.12 m (20 ft 3⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Ukraine August 30, 1992
6.11 m (20 ft 1⁄2 in) Sergey Bubka Ukraine June 13, 1992
6.10 m (20 ft 0 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union August 5, 1991
6.09 m (19 ft 11+3⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union July 8, 1991
6.08 m (19 ft 11+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union June 9, 1991
6.07 m (19 ft 10+3⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union May 6, 1991
6.06 m (19 ft 10+1⁄2 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union July 10, 1988
6.05 m (19 ft 10 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union June 9, 1988
6.03 m (19 ft 9+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union June 23, 1987
6.01 m (19 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union July 8, 1986
6.00 m (19 ft 8 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union July 13, 1985
5.94 m (19 ft 5+3⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union August 31, 1984
5.91 m (19 ft 4+1⁄2 in) Thierry Vigneron France August 31, 1984
5.90 m (19 ft 4+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union July 13, 1984
5.88 m (19 ft 3+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union June 2, 1984
5.85 m (19 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Sergey Bubka Soviet Union May 26, 1984
5.83 m (19 ft 1+1⁄2 in) Thierry Vigneron France September 1, 1983
5.82 m (19 ft 1 in) Pierre Quinon France August 28, 1983
5.81 m (19 ft 1⁄2 in) Vladimir Polyakov Soviet Union June 26, 1981
5.80 m (19 ft 1⁄4 in) Thierry Vigneron France June 20, 1981
5.78 m (18 ft 11+1⁄2 in) Władysław Kozakiewicz Poland July 30, 1980
5.77 m (18 ft 11 in) Philippe Houvion France July 17, 1980
5.75 m (18 ft 10+1⁄4 in) Thierry Vigneron France June 29, 1980
5.75 m (18 ft 10+1⁄4 in) Thierry Vigneron France June 1, 1980
5.72 m (18 ft 9 in) Władysław Kozakiewicz Poland May 11, 1980
5.70 m (18 ft 8+1⁄4 in) David Roberts USA June 22, 1976
5.67 m (18 ft 7 in) Earl Bell USA May 29, 1976
5.65 m (18 ft 6+1⁄4 in) David Roberts USA March 28, 1975
5.63 m (18 ft 5+1⁄2 in) Bob Seagren USA July 2, 1972
5.55 m (18 ft 2+1⁄2 in) Kjell Isaksson Sweden June 12, 1972
5.54 m (18 ft 2 in) Kjell Isaksson Sweden April 15, 1972
5.51 m (18 ft 3⁄4 in) Kjell Isaksson Sweden April 8, 1972
5.49 m (18 ft 0 in) Christos Papanikolaou Greece October 24, 1970
5.46 m (17 ft 10+3⁄4 in) Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany September 3, 1970
5.45 m (17 ft 10+1⁄2 in) Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany June 17, 1970
5.44 m (17 ft 10 in) John Pennel USA June 21, 1969
5.41 m (17 ft 8+3⁄4 in)  Bob Seagren USA September 12, 1968
5.38 m (17 ft 7+3⁄4 in) Paul Wilson USA June 23, 1967
5.36 m (17 ft 7 in) Bob Seagren USA June 10, 1967
5.34 m (17 ft 6 in) John Pennel USA July 23, 1966
5.32 m (17 ft 5+1⁄4 in) Bob Seagren USA May 14, 1966
5.28 m (17 ft 3+3⁄4 in) Fred Hansen USA July 25, 1964
5.23 m (17 ft 1+3⁄4 in) Fred Hansen USA June 13, 1964
5.20 m (17 ft 1⁄2 in) John Pennel USA August 24, 1963
5.13 m (16 ft 9+3⁄4 in) John Pennel USA August 5, 1963
5.08 m (16 ft 8 in) Brian Sternberg USA June 7, 1963
5.00 m (16 ft 4+3⁄4 in) Brian Sternberg USA April 27, 1963
4.94 m (16 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Pentti Nikula Finland June 22, 1962
4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) Dave Tork USA April 28, 1962
4.89 m (16 ft 1⁄2 in) John Uelses USA March 31, 1962
4.83 m (15 ft 10 in) George Davies USA May 20, 1961
4.80 m (15 ft 8+3⁄4 in) Don Bragg USA July 2, 1960
4.78 m (15 ft 8 in) Robert Gutowski USA April 27, 1957
4.77 m (15 ft 7+3⁄4 in) Cornelius Warmerdam USA May 23, 1942
4.72 m (15 ft 5+3⁄4 in) Cornelius Warmerdam USA June 26, 1941
4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) Cornelius Warmerdam USA June 29, 1940
4.54 m (14 ft 10+1⁄2 in) Earle Meadows USA May 29, 1937
4.54 m (14 ft 10+1⁄2 in) Bill Sefton USA May 29, 1937
4.43 m (14 ft 6+1⁄4 in) George Varoff USA July 4, 1936
4.39 m (14 ft 4+3⁄4 in) Keith Brown USA June 1, 1935
4.37 m (14 ft 4 in) William Graber USA July 16, 1932
4.30 m (14 ft 1+1⁄4 in) Lee Barnes USA April 28, 1928
4.27 m (14 ft 0 in) Sabin Carr USA May 28, 1927
4.25 m (13 ft 11+1⁄4 in) Charles Hoff Norway September 27, 1925
4.23 m (13 ft 10+1⁄2 in) Charles Hoff Norway August 13, 1925
4.21 m (13 ft 9+1⁄2 in) Charles Hoff Norway July 22, 1923
4.12 m (13 ft 6 in) Charles Hoff Norway September 22, 1922
4.09 m (13 ft 5 in) Frank Foss USA August 20, 1920
4.02 m (13 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Marc Wright USA June 8, 1912

Women's Pole Vault World Record Progression

The IAAF only introduced the pole vault to the World Record list in 1994. The inaugural record was 4.05m by Caiyun Sun of China. Prior to that, the world bests were collated, some of these were set using imperial units, though we have converted and listed them in metric units for ease of comparison.

womens pole vault world record progression

Height Athlete Nation Date
5.06 m (16 ft 7 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 28-Aug-09
5.05 m (16 ft 6+3⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 18-Aug-08
5.04 m (16 ft 6+1⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 29-Jul-08
5.03 m (16 ft 6 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 11-Jul-08
5.01 m (16 ft 5 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 9-Aug-05
5.00 m (16 ft 4+3⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 22-Jul-05
4.96 m (16 ft 3+1⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 22-Jul-05
4.95 m (16 ft 2+3⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 16-Jul-05
4.93 m (16 ft 2 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 5-Jul-05
4.92 m (16 ft 1+1⁄2 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 3-Sep-04
4.91 m (16 ft 1+1⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 24-Aug-04
4.90 m (16 ft 3⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 30-Jul-04
4.89 m (16 ft 1⁄2 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 25-Jul-04
4.88 m (16 ft 0 in) Svetlana Feofanova Russia 4-Jul-04
4.87 m (15 ft 11+1⁄2 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 27-Jun-04
4.86 m (15 ft 11+1⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 6-Mar-04
4.85 m (15 ft 10+3⁄4 in) Svetlana Feofanova Russia 22-Feb-04
4.83 m (15 ft 10 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 15-Feb-04
4.82 m (15 ft 9+3⁄4 in) Yelena Isinbayeva Russia 13-Jul-03
4.81 m (15 ft 9+1⁄4 in) Stacy Dragila USA 9-Jun-01
4.71 m (15 ft 5+1⁄4 in) Stacy Dragila USA 9-Jun-01
4.70 m (15 ft 5 in) Stacy Dragila USA 27-Apr-01
4.70 m (15 ft 5 in)  Stacy Dragila USA 17-Feb-01
4.66 m (15 ft 3+1⁄4 in)  Stacy Dragila USA 17-Feb-01
4.64 m (15 ft 2+1⁄2 in)  Svetlana Feofanova Russia 11-Feb-01
4.63 m (15 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Stacy Dragila USA 2-Feb-01
4.63 m (15 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Stacy Dragila USA 23-Jul-00
4.62 m (15 ft 1+3⁄4 in) Stacy Dragila USA 3-Mar-00
4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) Stacy Dragila USA 19-Feb-00
4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) Stacy Dragila USA 21-Aug-99
4.60 m (15 ft 1 in) Emma George Australia 20-Feb-99
4.59 m (15 ft 1⁄2 in) Emma George Australia 21-Mar-98
4.58 m (15 ft 1⁄4 in) Emma George Australia 14-Mar-98
4.57 m (14 ft 11+3⁄4 in) Emma George Australia 21-Feb-98
4.55 m (14 ft 11 in) Emma George Australia 20-Feb-97
4.50 m (14 ft 9 in) Emma George Australia 8-Feb-97
4.45 m (14 ft 7 in) Emma George Australia 14-Jul-96
4.42 m (14 ft 6 in) Emma George Australia 29-Jun-96
4.41 m (14 ft 5+1⁄2 in) Emma George Australia 28-Jan-96
4.28 m (14 ft 1⁄2 in) Emma George Australia 17-Dec-95
4.25 m (13 ft 11+1⁄4 in) Emma George Australia 30-Nov-95
4.22 m (13 ft 10 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 11-Sep-95
4.21 m (13 ft 9+1⁄2 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 22-Aug-95
4.20 m (13 ft 9+1⁄4 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 18-Aug-95
4.18 m (13 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Andrea Müller Germany 5-Aug-95
4.17 m (13 ft 8 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 15-Jul-95
4.16 m (13 ft 7+3⁄4 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 14-Jul-95
4.15 m (13 ft 7+1⁄4 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 6-Jul-95
4.14 m (13 ft 6+3⁄4 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 2-Jul-95
4.13 m (13 ft 6+1⁄2 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 24-Jun-95
4.12 m (13 ft 6 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 18-Jun-95
4.10 m (13 ft 5+1⁄4 in) Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 21-May-95
4.08 m (13 ft 4+1⁄2 in) Zhong Guiqing China 18-May-95
4.08 m (13 ft 4+1⁄2 in) Sun Caiyun China 18-May-95
4.05 m (13 ft 3+1⁄4 in) Sun Caiyun China 21-May-92
4.05 m (13 ft 3+1⁄4 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 10-Aug-91
4.02 m (13 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 5-Jun-91
4.00 m (13 ft 1+1⁄4 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 24-Mar-91
=3.83 m (12 ft 6+3⁄4 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 24-Mar-91
3.83 m (12 ft 6+3⁄4 in) Sun Caiyun China 24-Mar-91
3.81 m (12 ft 6 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 24-Mar-90
3.80 m (12 ft 5+1⁄2 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 9-Sep-89
3.76 m (12 ft 4 in) Zhou Minxin China 22-Apr-89
3.75 m (12 ft 3+1⁄2 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 10-Jun-88
3.73 m (12 ft 2+3⁄4 in) Shao Jingmen China 4-May-88
3.72 m (12 ft 2+1⁄4 in) Zhang Chunzhen China 20-Apr-88
3.59 m (11 ft 91⁄2 in) Jana Edwards USA 23-Jul-83
3.50 m (11 ft 6 in) Jana Edwards USA 23-Jul-83
3.37 m (11 ft 1 in) Jana Edwards USA 18-Jun-83
3.22 m (10 ft 7 in) Jana Edwards USA 18-Jun-83
3.20 m (10 ft 6 in) Jana Edwards USA 11-Jun-83
3.05 m (10 ft 01⁄4 in) Jana Edwards USA June 1983
3.05 m (10 ft 01⁄4 in) Irene Spieker USA 9-Feb-79
2.92 m (9 ft 7 in) Irene Spieker USA 9-Feb-79
2.74 m (9 ft 0 in) Irene Spieker USA 9-Feb-79
2.61 m (8 ft 7 in) Irene Spieker USA 9-Feb-79
2.60 m (8 ft 61⁄2 in) Irene Spieker USA 10-Feb-78
=2.59 m (8 ft 6 in) Brenda Walker New Zealand 8-Jan-69
2.59 m (8 ft 6 in) Diane Bragg USA 6-Jul-52
2.53 m (8 ft 3+1⁄2 in) Zoya Romanova Soviet Union 26-Aug-35
=2.35 m (7 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Yelena Goldobina Soviet Union 7-Sep-24
2.35 m (7 ft 8+1⁄2 in) Helene Henneke  Germany 17-Jul-21
2.30 m (7 ft 6+1⁄2 in) Helene Henneke  Germany 17-Jul-21
2.25 m (7 ft 4+1⁄2 in) Elva Hintze  Germany 17-Jul-21
2.20 m (7 ft 3 in) Mildred Carl USA 3-Jun-19
2.18 m (7 ft 2 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.15 m (7 ft 1 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.13 m (7 ft 0 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.10 m (6 ft 11 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.08 m (6 ft 10 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.05 m (6 ft 9 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.03 m (6 ft 8 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
2.00 m (6 ft 7 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
1.98 m (6 ft 6 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
1.93 m (6 ft 4 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
=1.90 m (6 ft 3 in) Mildred Carl USA 6-Jun-15
1.90m (6 ft 3 in) Eva Fisk USA 13-May-15
1.85 m (6 ft 1 in) Eva Fisk USA 13-May-15
=1.84 m (6 ft 01⁄2 in) Eva Fisk USA 13-May-15
1.84 m (6 ft 01⁄2 in) Lois Tatum USA 13-Apr-15
=1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Emma Lee King USA 13-Apr-15
1.77 m (5 ft 10 in) Lois Tatum USA 13-Apr-15
1.77 m (5 ft 93⁄4 in) Hazel Hutaff USA 3-Apr-15
1.75 m (5 ft 9 in) Hazel Hutaff USA 3-Apr-15
1.72 m (5 ft 8 in) Hazel Hutaff USA 3-Apr-15
1.72 m (5 ft 73⁄4 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.67 m (5 ft 6 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.65 m (5 ft 5 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.62 m (5 ft 4 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.60 m (5 ft 3 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.57 m (5 ft 2 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.54 m (5 ft 1 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.49 m (4 ft 11 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.47 m (4 ft 10 in) Ruth Spencer USA 15-May-11
1.44 m (4 ft 9 in) Ruth Spencer USA 14-May-10


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