2019 Doha Diary: Facts & Figures, Men's Pole Vault Final


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Facts and Figures

Men's Pole Vault Final

Tuesday 1 October

WCH all-times top-performers:

6.05 Dmitri Markov (AUS) Edmonton 2001 Gold

6.02 Maksim Tarasov (RUS) Seville 1999 Gold

6.01 Sergey Bubka (UKR) Athens 1997 Gold

Lowest winning mark:

5.70 Sergey Bubka (URS) Helsinki 1983

Biggest margin of victory:

20cm Dmitri Markov (AUS) versus Alex Averbukh (ISR) 2001

Smallest margin of victory:

0 Brad Walker (USA) versus Romain Mesnil (FRA) 2007

0 Pawe􀀜 Wojciechowski (POL) versus Lázaro Borges (CUB) 2011

0 Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) versus Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) 2013

0 Shawn Barber (CAN) versus Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) 2015

Multiple winners:

6 Sergey Bubka (URS/UKR) 1983, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1993, 1995, 1997

Most medals by country:

9 France (4s-5b)

6 Soviet Union (3g-1s-2b)

Russia (1g-2s-3b)

Interesting to know:

  • With 16 athletes over 5.80 this season and three who have jumped 6.00 or higher, pole vault promises to be one of the most exciting field events of Doha 2019.
  • The highest the bar went for qualification to the final was 5.70 in 2001. It was equaled in 2019 in Doha.
  • Brad Walker (USA) needed a 5.86 clearance with his first attempt to beat Romain Mesnil (FRA) and seal victory in 2007, but the Osaka World Championships final was the most spectacular to date, depth-wise, with only 5cm separating first place from eighth place.
  • World record holder Renaud Lavillenie (FRA) who faioled to reach the final in Doha, has been an Olympic champion once, a World indoor winner three times while he is also a three-time European outdoor champion and a four-time European indoor winner, but has never won the world outdoor title. The closest he got was in 2013 when he lost to Raphael Holzdeppe (GER) on countback.
  • IAAF Senior Vice-President Sergey Bubka (URS/UKR) remained undefeated in his entire World Championships career, having won all available titles from 1983 to 1997. He missed the 1999 edition due to injury and retired before the 2011 World Championships took place.
  • Sergey Bubka has registered 28 jumps outdoors over 6.00. Of those qualified for the Doha 2019 final Sam Kendricks (USA) and Armand Duplantis (SWE) have made it 3 times, while Thiago Braz da Silva (BRA) and Piotr Lisek (POL) once each.
  • Holzdeppe and Kendricks have been crowned world champions in the past. Should any of them win the title again, will double his gold medals and trail only behind Bubka in the past winners' list.
  • Kendricks' 6.06 area record set in De Moines in July is the best outdoor vault since Bubka's 6.14 on 31 July 1994.
  • Bubka in 1987 and Steven Hooker (AUS) in 2009 made only two jumps to win the world title.
  • 5.85m is the highest opening height in a final (Hooker in Berlin 2009).


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