Pole Vault in History

Events in Sport

  • 1879-09-19 Thomas Ray becomes youngest to break a world track & field record pole-vaulting 11' 2½" at age 17 years & 198 days
  • 1928-08-01 Americans sweep medals at a rainy Olympic pole vault final in Amsterdam with Sabin Carr gold, from William Droegemuller and Charles McGinnis
  • 1940-04-13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • 1942-02-07 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • 1962-02-02 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1962-02-03 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • 1963-08-24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • 1966-03-05 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • 1966-07-23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • 1967-02-18 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
  • 1969-06-21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • 1972-07-02 American pole vaulter Bob Seagren breaks world record for the 4th and final time with 5.63m in Eugene, Oregon
  • 1972-09-02 For the first time since the advent of the Modern Olympics in 1896, a non-American wins the pole vault gold medal; East German Wolfgang Nordwig clears 5.5m at the Munich Games
  • 1984-07-13 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
  • 1988-09-28 Despite totally dominating his sport for 14 years, Ukrainian pole vaulter Sergey Bubka wins his only Olympic gold medal with a vault of 5.90m at the Seoul Games
  • 1991-03-15 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • 1991-03-23 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • 1991-08-05 Sergei Bubka of the Soviet Union breaks his own world pole vault record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 1992-06-27 Dan O'Brien fails on pole vault & eliminated from Olympics decathlon
  • 1992-09-19 Sergei Boebka pole vaults world record (6.13m)
  • 1993-02-13 Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)
  • 1993-02-21 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
  • 1995-02-10 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)
  • 1995-02-12 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)
  • 2004-08-24 Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia vaults 4.91m to break her own pole vault world record and win the gold medal from team mate Svetlana Feofanova at the Athens Olympics
  • 2004-08-27 Timothy Mack vaults an Olympic record 5.95m to win the pole vault gold medal from fellow American Toby Stevenson (5.90m) at the Athens Olympics
  • 2008-08-18 Russian pole-vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva sets a new world record of 5.05m to win the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics; her 24th world record
  • 2008-08-22 Steven Hooker wins the men's pole vault with 5.96m at the Beijing Olympics; Australia's first gold medal in men's athletics since 1968
  • 2016-08-15 Thiago Braz da Silva of Brazil sets an Olympic record 6.03m to win the men's pole vault gold medal at the Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1926-02-20 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1948, 52, 56)
  • 1940-07-25 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), born in Memphis, Tennessee (d. 1993)
  • 1940-12-30 Fred Hansen, American pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1964), born in Cuero, Texas
  • 1946-10-17 Bob Seagren, American pole vaulter/actor (Olympic gold 1968, "Soap"), born in Pomona California
  • 1962-02-27 Kory Tarpenning, pole vaulter, born in Portland, Oregon
  • 1963-12-04 Sergey Bubka, Ukrainian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 1988, 6 world titles), born in Luhansk, Ukraine
  • 1965-11-23 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan, pole vaulter (Olympic silver 1988)
  • 1969-11-20 Konstantin Semyonov, Israel, Men's pole vaulter (Olympic 11th-1996)
  • 1971-07-20 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1974-06-04 James Miller, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics 1996)
  • 1982-06-03 Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter (Olympic gold 2004, 08), born in Volgograd, Russia
  • 1982-08-19 Kevin Rans, Belgian pole vaulter
  • 1986-11-26 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter

Deaths in Sport

  • 1993-09-26 John Pennel, American pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963), dies at 53