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1936 Olympic Games Berlin, Germany - Men's Pole Vault

 

 

Host City: Berlin, Germany Format: All those clearing 3.80 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 5, 1936  
Date Finished: August 5, 1936  
(Competitors: 30; Countries: 21; Finalists: 25)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Overview by IAAF   1936_olympic_stadium.jpg 
With 25 competitors the event was almost interminable, taking a full five hours, and ending under floodlights. This added to the drama of Leni Reifenstahl’s “Olympia”, the official film of the Games which gave full and artistic coverage of the event. The USA had to do without George Varoff, the world record holder, who placed only fourth in the US Trials, but Meadows fought off the stiff Japanese challenge by clearing 4.35 on his second attempt. Nishida and Oe were officially second and third but in a gesture of friendship they cut their medals in two and had them soldered together. Apps, who tied for sixth, was later much better known in his own country as a player in the North American National Hockey League and as a Conservative MP.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The AAU Champion in 1936 was George Varoff, who broke the world record in winning that title, but he did not make the US team. The three US vaulters, Earle Meadows, Bill Sefton, and Bill Graber, were favored with little to choose among them. Graber had been favored in 1932 and finished out of the medals in fourth. In 1936, he would suffer a similar fate, placing fifth. Four vaulters went over 4.25 (13-11¼) – Meadows, Sefton, and two Japanese, the 1932 silver medalist, Shuhei Nishida, and Sueo Oe. But at 4.35 (14-3¼), only Meadows succeeded, clearing on his second attempt, and he had the gold medal.
Nishida, Oe, and Sefton went to a jump-off at 4.15 (13-7¼), with Sefton missing and out of the medals. It has been written more recently that the Japanese places were decided by lot or a coin toss, placing Nishida second and Oe third. However, it appears that after Sefton had been eliminated in the jump-off, the Japanese officials stepped in and chose Nishida to receive the silver medal and Oe the bronze. Several reasons are given in contemporary German sources – 1) Nishida was older, and 2) Nishida had cleared 4.25 on his first jump, while Oe failed once at that height. While there is some justification for listing both as equal second, we follow the 1936 Official Report which has Nishida second and Oe third. However, back in Japan, Nishida and Oe took their medals, cut them apart, and combined them into a half-silver, half-bronze medal, the only two of their type ever created.
The lack of countback rules resulted in an 11-way tie for sixth. One of those in =6th was Canadian Syl Apps, one of Canada’s greatest-ever athletes. He later played for 10 years with the Toronto Maple Leafs in the NHL and was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 1961.
 
 
        Results          
   
Pole Vault Men     Final 5 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 4.35     Earle Meadows United States USA 23 OR  
2 4.25     Shuhei Nishida Japan JPN 26    
3 4.25     Sueo Oe Japan JPN 22    
4 4.25     Bill Sefton United States USA 21    
5 4.15     Bill Graber United States USA 25    
6T 4.00     Kiyoshi Adachi Japan JPN 22    
6T 4.00     Syl Apps Canada CAN 21    
6T 4.00     Péter Bácsalmási Hungary HUN 27    
6T 4.00     Josef Haunzwickel Austria AUT 21    
6T 4.00     Danilo Innocenti Italy ITA 32    
6T 4.00     Jan Korejs Czechoslovakia TCH 29    
6T 4.00     Bo Ljungberg Sweden SWE 24    
6T 4.00     Alfred Proksch Austria AUT 27    
6T 4.00     Wilhelm Schneider Poland POL 29    
6T 4.00     Dick Webster Great Britain GBR 21    
6T 4.00     Viktor Zsuffka Hungary HUN 26    
17T 3.80     Andries du Plessis South Africa RSA 25    
17T 3.80     Ernst Larsen Denmark DEN 26    
17T 3.80     Julius Müller Germany GER 33    
17T 3.80     Miroslav Klásek Czechoslovakia TCH 23    
17T 3.80     Fu Baolu China CHN 23    
17T 3.80     Pierre Ramadier France FRA 34    
17T 3.80     Siegfried Schulz Germany GER 26    
24 3.60     Adolfo Schlegel Chile CHI 36    
25 3.40     André Crépin France FRA 28    
Pole Vault Men     Qualifying Round 5 August        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 3.80   Q Earle Meadows United States USA 23    
1T 3.80   Q Shuhei Nishida Japan JPN 26    
1T 3.80   Q Sueo Oe Japan JPN 22    
1T 3.80   Q Bill Sefton United States USA 21    
1T 3.80   Q Bill Graber United States USA 25    
1T 3.80   Q Kiyoshi Adachi Japan JPN 22    
1T 3.80   Q Syl Apps Canada CAN 21    
1T 3.80   Q Péter Bácsalmási Hungary HUN 27    
1T 3.80   Q Josef Haunzwickel Austria AUT 21    
1T 3.80   Q Danilo Innocenti Italy ITA 32    
1T 3.80   Q Jan Korejs Czechoslovakia TCH 29    
1T 3.80   Q Bo Ljungberg Sweden SWE 24    
1T 3.80   Q Alfred Proksch Austria AUT 27    
1T 3.80   Q Wilhelm Schneider Poland POL 29    
1T 3.80   Q Dick Webster Great Britain GBR 21    
1T 3.80   Q Viktor Zsuffka Hungary HUN 26    
1T 3.80   Q Andries du Plessis South Africa RSA 25    
1T 3.80   Q Ernst Larsen Denmark DEN 26    
1T 3.80   Q Julius Müller Germany GER 33    
1T 3.80   Q Miroslav Klásek Czechoslovakia TCH 23    
1T 3.80   Q Fu Baolu China CHN 23    
1T 3.80   Q Pierre Ramadier France FRA 34    
1T 3.80   Q Siegfried Schulz Germany GER 26    
1T 3.80   Q Adolfo Schlegel Chile CHI 36    
1T 3.80   Q André Crépin France FRA 28    
26T 3.70     Aulis Reinikka Finland FIN 20    
26T 3.70     Evald Äärma Estonia EST 24    
26T 3.70     Jaša Bakov Yugoslavia YUG 29    
29T 3.50     Guillermo Chirichigno Peru PER      
29T 3.50     Rigoberto Pérez Mexico MEX 23    

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Final

Rank Athlete Nationality 3.40 3.60 3.80 4.00 4.15 4.25 4.35 4.45 Result Notes
1st Earle Meadows United States pass o pass o o xo xo xxx 4.35 OR
2nd Shuhei Nishida Japan pass pass o o o o xxx   4.25  
3rd Sueo Ōe Japan pass pass o o o xo xxx   4.25  
4 Bill Sefton United States pass o pass o xxo o xxx   4.25  
5 Bill Graber United States pass o pass o xo xxx     4.15  
6 Kiyoshi Adachi Japan pass o o o xxx       4.00  
6 Syl Apps Canada pass o o o xxx       4.00  
6 Péter Bácsalmási Hungary pass o o xxo xxx       4.00  
6 Josef Haunzwickel Austria pass o o xo xxx       4.00  
6 Danilo Innocenti Italy pass o o xo xxx       4.00  
6 Jan Korejs Czechoslovakia pass xo o xxo xxx       4.00  
6 Bo Ljungberg Sweden pass o o o xxx       4.00  
6 Alfred Proksch Austria pass o o o xxx       4.00  
6 Wilhelm Schneider Poland pass pass o o xxx       4.00  
6 Dick Webster Great Britain pass o o o xxx       4.00  
6 Viktor Zsuffka Hungary pass o o xxo xxx       4.00  
17 Andries du Plessis South Africa o o o xxx         3.80  
17 Ernst Larsen Denmark pass o o xxx         3.80  
17 Julius Müller Germany pass o o xxx         3.80  
17 Miroslav Klásek Czechoslovakia pass o o xxx         3.80  
17 Fu Baolu Republic of China pass o o xxx         3.80  
17 Pierre Ramadier France pass o o xxx         3.80  
17 Siegfried Schulz Germany pass o o xxx         3.80  
24 Adolfo Schlegel Chile pass xo xxx           3.60  
25 André Crépin France o xxx             3.40  
 

 

 

 

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