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1972 Olympic Games Munich - Men's Pole vault

 

 

Host City: München, West Germany Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 5.10 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 1, 1972  
Date Finished: September 2, 1972  
(Competitors: 21; Countries: 12; Finalists)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Overview by IAAF   1972_olympic_stadium.jpg 
Seagren and Kjell Isaksson (SWE) had been the best vaulters of the year, but the Swede was injured by Munich, and failed to clear a height in the qualifying round. He was affected in part by the IAAF’s decision to ban the “Cata-poles” used by Seagren and Isaksson, among others, on the grounds that the pole had not been available to all competitors for 12 months. This left quite a few vaulters at a disadvantage (partly psychological) at a time when equipment should not have been a prime factor. Renato Dionisi (ITA), bronze medallist in the ’71 Europeans was injured, and, along with Steve Smith (USA), who was flustered by the equipment ruling, failed to qualify. Four men cleared 5.30 or better, as compared to six four years earlier. At 5.40, only three men were left, with Seagren leading from Nordwig, and Johnson third. Johnson, the fastest man on the runway (9.5 speed for 100y), failed to clear, leaving the two veterans to duel. Nordwig cleared 5.45 first time, and Seagren was well over on his third attempt, but came down on the bar. Nordwig then improved his Olympic record to 5.50 with his final clearance before failing three times at 5.56. The GDR star dealt best with the cold conditions, with unhelpful swirling winds, and might well have won even if Seagren “et al” had been allowed to use their preferred poles.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
The two best jumpers in 1972 were defending champion Bob Seagren and Sweden’s Kjell Isaksson. But also highly considered was 1968 bronze medalist Wolfgang Nordwig (GDR), who had won the 1966, 1969, and 1971 European Championships. Seagren and Isaksson were using the new Cata-Pole. But on 25 July the IAAF declared that pole to be illegal. The protest against the pole was lodged by the East Germans – Nordwig did not use that pole – based on the fact that it contained carbon fibers. When it was pointed out that the pole did not contain carbon fibers, and that IAAF rules did not specify any material prohibitions on poles, the IAAF banned it anyway because the equipment had not been available to all competitors for the past 12 months. It was also noted to the IAAF that their rules had no such requirement. Then on 27 August, the ban on the poles was lifted and it was announced they would be allowed. However, three days later, the IAAF again reversed itself and reinstated the ban on the poles, confiscating them from the pole vaulters rooms in the Olympic Village. (Obviously, Olympic officials in 1972 were more concerned with what was in the rooms of the Olympic Village than providing security for the place.)
In the competition, Isaksson was severely hampered by the rule change and did not clear a height in qualifying. At 5.30 (17-4½), four vaulters were left in the competition – Nordwig and Reinhard Kuretzky (FRG) clearing that height, while Seagren and Jan Johnson passed to 5.35 (17-6½). Kuretzky went out at 5.35, with Nordwig and Seagren getting first attempt clearances. Johnson went over on his third effort and would do no better, winning the bronze medal. At 5.40 (17-8½), Nordwig cleared on his second attempt and Seagren on his third. But Seagren missed 5.45 (17-10½) while Nordwig won the gold medal at that height, and went on to get over 5.50 (18-0½) as well. Seagren’s world record was 5.63 (18-5½) and he was incensed by how he had been manipulated by the officials. After his last vault, he took the pole he had been forced to vault with and handed it back to IAAF President Adriaan Paulen.
 
 
        Results          
   
Pole vault Men     Final 2 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 5.50     Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany GDR 28 Aug 43    
2 5.40     Bob Seagren United States USA 17 Oct 46    
3 5.35     Jan Johnson United States USA 11 Oct 50    
4 5.30     Reinhard Kuretzky West Germany FRG 1 Dec 47    
5 5.20     Bruce Simpson Canada CAN 6 Mar 50    
6 5.20     Volker Ohl Germany GER 27 Apr 50    
7 5.20     Hans Lagerqvist Sweden SWE 28 Apr 40    
8 5.10     François Tracanelli France FRA 4 Feb 51    
9 5.10     Ingemar Jernberg Sweden SWE 28 Nov 50    
10 5.00     Wojciech Buciarski Poland POL 17 Apr 50    
11 5.00     Hristos Papanikolaou Greece GRE 25 Nov 41    
  DNS     Antti Kalliomäki Finland FIN 8 Jan 47    
  DNS     Hervé D'Encausse France FRA 27 Sep 45    
  DNS     Tadeusz Slusarski Poland POL 19 May 50    
Pole vault Men     Qualification 1 September        
                   
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records  
1 5.10     Antti Kalliomäki Finland FIN 8 Jan 47    
1 5.10     Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany GDR 28 Aug 43    
3 5.10     Hervé D'Encausse France FRA 27 Sep 45    
3 5.10     Bruce Simpson Canada CAN 6 Mar 50    
5 5.10     Reinhard Kuretzky West Germany FRG 1 Dec 47    
6 5.10     François Tracanelli France FRA 4 Feb 51    
6 5.10     Bob Seagren United States USA 17 Oct 46    
8 5.10     Hans Lagerqvist Sweden SWE 28 Apr 40    
9 5.10     Volker Ohl Germany GER 27 Apr 50    
10 5.10     Jan Johnson United States USA 11 Oct 50    
11 5.00     Tadeusz Slusarski Poland POL 19 May 50    
12 5.00     Wojciech Buciarski Poland POL 17 Apr 50    
13 5.00     Hristos Papanikolaou Greece GRE 25 Nov 41    
14 5.00     Ingemar Jernberg Sweden SWE 28 Nov 50    
15 4.80     Silvio Fraquelli Italy ITA 25 Jun 52    
16 4.80     Mike Bull Great Britain GBR 11 Sep 46    
16 4.80     Ray Boyd Australia AUS 28 Jun 51    
18 4.80     Steve Smith United States USA 24 Jan 51    
  NH     Renato Dionisi Italy ITA 21 Nov 47    
  NH     Kjell Isaksson Sweden SWE 28 Feb 46    
 
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Qualifying

Rank Name Nationality Group Mark 4.80 5.00 5.10
1T Antti Kalliomäki Finland A 5.10 p p o
1T Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany A 5.10 p p o
3T Bruce Simpson Canada B 5.10 p o o
3T Hervé d’Encausse France A 5.10 p o o
5 Reinhard Kuretzky West Germany B 5.10 o o o
6T François Tracanelli France B 5.10 p p xo
6T Bob Seagren United States A 5.10 p p xo
8 Hans Lagerqvist Sweden A 5.10 p o xo
9 Volker Ohl West Germany A 5.10 o o xo
10 Jan Johnson United States A 5.10 o xo xo
11 Tadeusz Ślusarski Poland B 5.00 p o xxx
12 Wojciech Buciarski Poland B 5.00 p xo xxx
13 Khristos Papanikolaou Greece A 5.00 xxo xo xxx
14 Ingemar Jernberg Sweden B 5.00 xo xxo xxx
15 Silvio Fraquelli Italy B 4.80 o xxx
16T Ray Boyd Australia B 4.80 xo xxx
16T Michael Bull Great Britain B 4.80 xo xxx
18 Stephen Smith United States A 4.80 xxo xxx
- Kjell Isaksson Sweden A NM p xxx
- Kirk Bryde Canada B NM xxx
- Renato Dionisi Italy A NM xxx
- Abass Goudiaby Senegal B DNS

Final

Rank Name Nationality Mark 4.80 5.00 5.10 5.20 5.30 5.35 5.40 5.45 5.50 5.56 Notes
1st Wolfgang Nordwig East Germany 5.50 p p o p xo o xo o xxo xxx OR
2nd Bob Seagren United States 5.40 p p p o p o xxo xxx
3rd Jan Johnson United States 5.35 p p p xo p xo xxx
4 Reinhard Kuretzky West Germany 5.30 o xo xxo xo o xxx
5 Bruce Simpson Canada 5.20 p o xxo o xxx
6 Volker Ohl West Germany 5.20 p p xo xo xxx
7 Hans Lagerqvist Sweden 5.20 p xo p xxo xxx
8 François Tracanelli France 5.10 p p o p xxx
9 Ingemar Jernberg Sweden 5.10 p xxo xo xxx
10 Wojciech Buciarski Poland 5.00 p o p xxx
11 Khristos Papanikolaou Greece 5.00 o o p xxx
- Antti Kalliomäki Finland NM p p p xxx
- Hervé d’Encausse France NM p p xxx
- Tadeusz Ślusarski Poland NM p xxx

Key: OR = Olympic record; o = clear ; p = pass; x = fail; NM = no mark; T = tied; DNS = did not start

 
 

 

 

 

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