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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's Pole Vault



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (5.60 – reduced from 5.75 after a long delay due to equipment damage – or top 12 to final) (Aug 9)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The qualifying round featured a long delay after Matti Mononen demolished one of the uprights after failing at 5.45. In that time weather conditions grew worse and after an infield debate including athletes, officials and IAAF Council member Sergey Bubka it was agreed to reduce the qualifying height from 5.75 to 5.60. Ultimately, vaults of 5.45 were sufficient for progression. The weather was 10° colder for the final. The average lifetime best for the finalists was 5.90, but 5.65 proved too difficult for all but four of the jumpers. The height of 5.75 was too much for European Indoor champion Pavlov and his team-mate Gerasimov, but US favourite DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS MEN’S PV 167 Walker and rank outsider Blom cleared on their second attempts. Walker failed once at 5.80 and then, when Blom cleared first time, twice more at 5.85. Blom later said “when I woke up this morning and saw what the weather was like I thought I had a good chance of doing well.” He became the first Dutchman ever to win a World or Olympic title.
 The Men's Pole Vault event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 9 and August 11.
  Pole Vault 11 August

Event Report - Men Pole Vault Final

Not since the first World Championships 22 years ago has there been such futility associated with the men’s pole vault final.  But the vaulters should not be blamed.  Again, it was the weather. 

The vaulters were forced to start their competition in a moderate rain, and also to endure a stiff crosswind throughout.  

Under such an unlikely backdrop, Rens Blom (NED) jumped 5.80 to break a deadlock with Brad Walker (USA) and win the title.   It was the first-ever gold medal for a male Dutch athlete in World or Olympic competition in athletics. 

Perhaps it was a March 1 birthday which gave Blom his resistance to tonight’s March-like weather in which he enjoyed his greatest career success.  Prior to tonight, the 28-year-old’s claim to fame had been as the bronze medallist in the 2003 world indoor championships.

“When I woke up this morning and saw what the weather was like, I thought I had a good chance of doing well,” bubbled Blom in the media mixed zone.  “Many of the top guys have problems with difficult conditions.  This was really my day.”

Blom’s winning jump was only one centimetre off his personal best of 5.81, set on a warm June night last year in Spain.  And it came after a month-long layoff for the Dutch jumper, whose last competition was in his national championships in early July. 

US champion Walker, who jumped 5.75, passed after his initial miss at 5.80 in order to try and steal the win back from Blom at 5.85, but neither of his two attempts were successful.

“It was a rough competition tonight,” said Walker.  “I even had problems at my opening height,” he recalled, as both he and Blom started the competition with a miss at 5.50.  “But after all of those problems, I finally ended up with the silver medal, so I’m really happy.”

To the great relief of the nine jumpers who managed to clear 5.50, the rains subsided and they had to contend only with a wicked crosswind.

But some big names fell quickly at the next height of 5.65.  Paris bronze medallist Patrik Kristiansson (SWE) tumbled first, followed by former world indoor champion Tim Lobinger (GER), defending world champion Giuseppe Gibilisco (ITA), and Sydney Olympic champion Nick Hysong (USA).  It was just one of those nights when the pole-vaulting world was turned upside down. 

The event was winding down quickly.  The three eventual medalists were on the verge of being selected at 5.65 when reigning world and European indoor champion Igor Pavlov (RUS) cleared on his third attempt to send a quartet of aspirants to 5.75 and preserve some of the drama the rain and wind had squelched. 

Walker first cleared the height on his second try, but that was immediately matched by the Dutch jumper as the two stood tied for the lead as the bar went to 5.80. 

Gerasimov, a former world junior champion, had already equalled his season best of 5.65 under these difficult conditions, so it was not unexpected that 5.75 was out of his reach tonight, and he ended with the bronze medal.   Pavlov, despite his prior credentials, also failed at 5.75 and, because of the three attempts he needed at 5.65, finished out of the medals. 

The much-honoured trio of Gibilisco, Hysong and Lobinger ended tied for fifth at 5.50 in a championship that most certainly will quickly pass from their memories.

1 Rens Blom NED 1 Mar 77 5.80
2 Brad Walker USA 21 Jun 81 5.75
3 Pavel Gerasimov RUS 29 May 79 5.65
4 Igor Pavlov RUS 18 Jul 79 5.65
5 Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA 5 Jan 79 5.50
5 Tim Lobinger GER 3 Sep 72 5.50
5 Nick Hysong USA 9 Dec 71 5.50
8 Daichi Sawano JPN 16 Sep 80 5.50
9 Patrik Kristiansson SWE 3 Jun 77 5.50
10 Kevin Rans BEL 19 Aug 82 5.35
Danny Ecker GER 21 Jul 77 NH
Dmitri Markov AUS 14 Mar 75 NH
Final 18:35 Height 535 550 565 575 580 585
1 Rens Blom NED 5.80m - XXO XO XO O X
2 Brad Walker USA 5.75m - XXO XO XO X- XX
3 Pavel Gerasimov RUS 5.65m - O XO XXX
4 Igor Pavlov RUS 5.65m - O XXO XXX
5 Tim Lobinger GER 5.50m - O XXX
5 Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA 5.50m - O XXX
5 Nick Hysong USA 5.50m - O XXX
8 Daichi Sawano JPN 5.50m XO O XXX
9 Patrik Kristiansson SWE 5.50m - XXO XXX
10 Kevin Rans BEL 5.35m O XXX
- Danny Ecker GER NM - XXX
- Dmitri Markov AUS NM - XXX
  Qualification 9 August

Event Report - Men Pole Vault Qualification


It normally takes some time to get through the pole vault qualifying at the best of times, but no one reckoned with an extra hour after Finn Matti Mononen, competing in group B, landed heavily on the crossbar and ripped out the height adjuster arm attempting 5.45 metres. After initially trying to fix the arm, a halt was called to the proceedings and a gradual accumulation of officials saw the arrival of four IAAF Council members, including Sergey Bubka, to decide what to do.

The eventual decision, because of the time delay, was to reduce the qualifying height from 5.75 metres to 5.60.

Finally, 90 minutes after being responsible for the delay, Manninen took his third attempt at 5.45 with the crowd willing him on. But the drama was not over yet. The Finn appeared to fail, landing on his feet under the bar but since he had not broken the line of the bar rushed back to the pole rack, chose a different pole and with five seconds to go got in his fourth vault, but was still unsuccessful.

Helsinki is famous for its tricky swirling winds. In 1983 when Bubka won his first of six world titles, the qualifying was abandoned because of torrential rain and the whole field advanced to the final which took a marathon seven hours to complete.

As if there had not already been enough drama with 1996 Olympic champion, Jean Galfione FRA going out at 5.45. The Frenchman had already required two goes at 5.30 and looked uneasy in the conditions. In the Paris Grand Prix he had no heighted, but had cleared 5.75 this year winning the French championships.

Olympic silver and medal favourite Toby Stevenson USA eliminated himself by not taking any jumps though he was out in the centre. Eight days ago he injured a hamstring and decided at the last minute not to jeopardise the leg further.

Meanwhile the decision to lower the qualifying height was having interesting consequences. Who would have thought it was possible to reach the final by vaulting 5.45 because that had not happened in the World Championships for almost 20 years since Rome 1987. But that was the situation that American Trials winner Brad Walker USA, defending champion Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA, Danny Ecker GER, Rens Blom NED, Daichi Sawano JPN and Kevin Rans BEL found themselves in.

Galfione missed out because he had failed once at 5.30.

From group A Nick Hysong USA, Igor Pavlov RUS, Patrik Kristiansson SWE, Tim Lobinger GER and Dmitri Markov AUS had gone through clearing 5.60. But group B were finding conditions more difficult. It was two hours 58 minutes after the qualifying started before Pavel Gerasimov RUS joined them becoming the only vaulter from group B to get over the new qualifying height.
  Group A
1 Nick Hysong USA 9 Dec 71 5.60 Q
2 Igor Pavlov RUS 18 Jul 79 5.60 Q
3 Tim Lobinger GER 3 Sep 72 5.60 Q
3 Dmitri Markov AUS 14 Mar 75 5.60 Q
3 Patrik Kristiansson SWE 3 Jun 77 5.60 Q
6 Daichi Sawano JPN 16 Sep 80 5.45 q
6 Kevin Rans BEL 19 Aug 82 5.45 q
8 Jean Galfione FRA 9 Jun 71 5.45
9 Piotr Buciarski DEN 22 Nov 75 5.30
Leonid Andreyev UZB 6 Oct 83 NH
Vladyslav Revenko UKR 15 Nov 84 NH
Liu Feiliang CHN 27 Mar 85 NH
- Toby Stevenson USA NM
  Group B
1 Pavel Gerasimov RUS 29 May 79 5.60 Q
2 Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA 5 Jan 79 5.45 q
2 Danny Ecker GER 21 Jul 77 5.45 q
2 Rens Blom NED 1 Mar 77 5.45 q
2 Brad Walker USA 21 Jun 81 5.45 q
6 Konstadínos Filippídis GRE 26 Nov 86 5.45
6 Damiel Dossévi FRA 3 Feb 83 5.45
8 Giovanni Lanaro MEX 27 Sep 81 5.45
9 Denys Yurchenko UKR 27 Jan 78 5.45
9 Steve Hooker AUS 16 Jul 82 5.45
11 Jure Rovan SLO 23 Jan 75 5.30
11 Matti Mononen FIN 25 Nov 83 5.30
Kim Yoo-Suk KOR 19 Jan 82 NH
Lars Börgeling GER 16 Apr 79 NH
Group A Height 530 545 560
1 Nick Hysong USA 5.60m - - O
2 Igor Pavlov RUS 5.60m XO XO O
3 Tim Lobinger GER 5.60m - O XO
3 Dmitri Markov AUS 5.60m - - XO
3 Patrik Kristiansson SWE 5.60m - - XO
6 Daichi Sawano JPN 5.45m - O XXX
6 Kevin Rans BEL 5.45m O O XXX
8 Jean Galfione FRA 5.45m XO O XXX
9 Piotr Buciarski DEN 5.30m XO XXX
- -
- Vladyslav Revenko UKR NM - - XXX
- Leonid Andreev UZB NM XXX
- Feiliang Liu CHN NM XXX
Group B Height 530 545 560
1 Pavel Gerasimov RUS 5.60m - O XXO
2 Giuseppe Gibilisco ITA 5.45m - O XXX
2 Danny Ecker GER 5.45m - O XXX
2 Rens Blom NED 5.45m - O XXX
2 Brad Walker USA 5.45m - O XXX
6 Konstadinos Filippidis GRE 5.45m O XO XXX
6 Damiel Dossevi FRA 5.45m - XO XXX
8 Giovanni Lanaro MEX 5.45m XXO XO XXX
9 Denys Yurchenko UKR 5.45m - XXO XXX
9 Steven Hooker AUS 5.45m - XXO XXX
11 Jurij Rovan SLO 5.30m O XXX
11 Matti Mononen FIN 5.30m O XXX
- Lars Borgeling GER NM - XXX
- Yoo-Suk Kim KOR NM XXX
542 JPN Daichi Sawano 5.83 5.83
31 AUS Dmitri Markov 6.05 5.75
197 DEN Piotr Buciarski 5.75 5.50
820 RUS Igor Pavlov 5.90i 5.90i
1031 USA Toby Stevenson 6.00 5.90
147 CHN Feiliang Liu 5.70 5.70
398 GER Tim Lobinger 6.00 5.82
325 FRA Jean Galfione 6.00i 5.75
62 BEL Kevin Rans 5.62i 5.62i
994 USA Nick Hysong 5.90 5.71i
1048 UZB Leonid Andreev 5.60 5.60
945 UKR Vladyslav Revenko 5.80 5.80
885 SWE Patrik Kristiansson 5.85 5.61
469 ITA Giuseppe Gibilisco 5.90 5.80
376 GER Danny Ecker 6.00i 5.75
852 SLO Jurij Rovan 5.61 5.35
1044 USA Brad Walker 5.90 5.90
665 NED Rens Blom 5.81 5.80
374 GER Lars Börgeling 5.85 5.77
808 RUS Pavel Gerasimov 5.90 5.65
313 FRA Damiel Dossévi 5.75 5.75
580 KOR Yoo Suk Kim 5.61i 5.61i
298 FIN Matti Mononen 5.66 5.60
412 GRE Konstadínos Filippídis 5.72 5.72
958 UKR Denys Yurchenko 5.85i 5.85i
30 AUS Steven Hooker 5.87 5.87
642 MEX Giovanni Lanaro 5.65 5.65




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