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2000 Olympic Games Sydney - Women's Pole vault

 

 

Host City: Sydney, Australia Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 4.40 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 23, 2000  
Date Finished: September 25, 2000  
(Competitors: 30; Countries: 20; Finalists: 13)  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Sydney, New South Wales
Overview by IAAF    2000_olympic_stadium.jpg
Dragila had the top seven marks of the season prior to Sydney, and was a clear favourite, particularly as Emma George, Australia’s best homegrown talent – and the woman first to clear 4.60 – was battling injury. George failed to qualify, as did all three Russians. In the final the first surprise came when Balakhonova, Europe’s best, failed to clear her opening height (4.25). As the bar was raised to 4.55 there were five athletes remaining, with Flosadóttir leading from Bártová, Grigorieva, Dragila and Humbert. Only the lissom Grigorieva could clear at the first attempt, and Dragila (on her second jump) was the only one able to emulate the Russian-Australian. Dragila promptly soared over 4.60 – good enough for the gold medal.
       
Summary by Sports-reference.com      
From 1996-1999, Australia's Emma George had been dominant in this new event for women, setting 12 consecutive world records. But she was battling injuries and would not qualify for the final round. The favorite's role fell to America's Stacy Dragila, who broke George's world record in October 1999, and had set three new marks in 2000. She had also won the 1999 World Championships. There were four vaulters remaining after 4.50 metres (14-9) – Dragila, Russian émigré Tatiana Grigorieva competing for Australia, Icelander Vala Flosadóttir, and Czech Daniela Bártová. Bártová had competed at the Olympics in 1992 as a gymnast but had then turned to pole vaulting. In 1995 she had set nine world records, but George and Dragila had surpassed her. Only Dragila and Grigorieva cleared 4.55 (14-11). Dragila went over 4.60 (15-1) on her first attempt to win the gold. Grigorieva had a miss at 4.60 and then passed to 4.65 (15-3) but could not get over the height and Dragila won the gold medal. Grigorieva was the glamour girl of the event, with model-like looks and had recently done a nude photo layout in an Australian magazine.
 

Records

Standing records prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics
World Record  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.63 m 23 July 2000 United States Sacramento, United States
Olympic Record New Event
Broken records during the 2000 Summer Olympics
Olympic Record  Stacy Dragila (USA) 4.60 m 25 September 2000 Australia Sydney, Australia
 
        Results        

The official results of the Women's Pole Vault at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia, held on Monday 25 September 2000. There were a total number of 30 participating athletes in this event, which made its Olympic debut. The qualifying round was held on Saturday 23 September 2000, with the qualifying height set at 4.35 metres.

While the pole vault had been a standard Olympic event for a century, dating back to the first revival in 1896, this was the first time the event had been held for women.

The favorite coming in to the event was world champion and world record holder Stacy Dragila, but the home favorite was Soviet transplant Australian Tatiana Grigorieva. 4.55m thinned the crowd to just those two athletes, Vala Flosadóttir setting her National record while taking the bronze medal, to date the only women's Olympic medal for Iceland. With Dragila's 4 misses in the competition, including one at 4.55m, Grigorieva had the lead. At 4.60m, Dragila reversed that with a clean clearance on her first attempt. Grigorieva was unable to match that and strategically moved to 4.65m, 2cm higher than the world record Dragila had set in Sacramento in qualifying to the Olympics, to try to take the win. Neither competitor was able to clear 4.65m, Dragila took the gold and the Olympic record.

Pole vault Women     Final 25 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.60     Stacy Dragila United States USA 25 Mar 71  
2 4.55     Tatiana Grigorieva Australia AUS 8 Oct 75  
3 4.50     Vala Flosadóttir Iceland ISL 16 Feb 78 NUR
4 4.50     Daniela Bártová Czech Republic CZE 6 May 74  
5 4.45     Nicole Humbert Germany GER 5 Feb 72  
6 4.40     Yvonne Buschbaum Germany GER 14 Jul 80  
7 4.40     Monika Pyrek Poland POL 11 Aug 80  
8 4.35     Marie Bagger Bohn Denmark DEN 1 Nov 72 NR
9 4.25     Doris Auer Austria AUT 10 May 71  
10 4.15     Gao Shuying China CHN 28 Oct 79  
11 4.00     Kellie Suttle United States USA 9 May 73  
  NH     Anzhela Balahonova Ukraine UKR 18 Dec 72  
Pole vault Women     Qualification 23 September      
                 
Rank Mark     Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 4.30   Q Vala Flosadóttir Iceland ISL 16 Feb 78  
1 4.30   Q Anzhela Balahonova Ukraine UKR 18 Dec 72  
1 4.30   Q Daniela Bártová Czech Republic CZE 6 May 74  
1 4.30   Q Kellie Suttle United States USA 9 May 73  
1 4.30   Q Tatiana Grigorieva Australia AUS 8 Oct 75  
1 4.30   Q Nicole Humbert Germany GER 5 Feb 72  
7 4.30   Q Gao Shuying China CHN 28 Oct 79  
7 4.30   Q Marie Bagger Bohn Denmark DEN 1 Nov 72  
7 4.30   Q Yvonne Buschbaum Germany GER 14 Jul 80  
7 4.30   Q Elmarie Gerryts South Africa RSA 25 Aug 72  
11 4.30   Q Stacy Dragila United States USA 25 Mar 71  
12 4.30   Q Monika Pyrek Poland POL 11 Aug 80  
13 4.30   Q Doris Auer Austria AUT 10 May 71  
14 4.25     Mel Mueller United States USA 16 Nov 72  
15 4.25     Mari Mar Sánchez Spain ESP 25 Dec 79  
15 4.25     Emma George Australia AUS 1 Nov 74  
17 4.15     Caroline Ammel France FRA 22 Nov 73  
18 4.15     Alejandra García Argentina ARG 13 Jun 73  
18 4.15     Marie Poissonnier France FRA 4 May 79  
20 4.15     Janine Whitlock Great Britain GBR 11 Aug 73  
21 4.15     Deborah Gyurcsek Uruguay URU 7 Dec 78  
22 4.00     Thórey Edda Elísdóttir Iceland ISL 30 Jun 77  
22 4.00     Pavla Rybová Czech Republic CZE 20 May 78  
  NH     Thália Iakovídou Greece GRE 10 Sep 72  
  NH     Katalin Donáth Hungary HUN 12 Nov 79  
  NH     Svetlana Feofanova Russia RUS 16 Jul 80  
  NH     Yelena Belyakova Russia RUS 7 Apr 76  
  NH     Yelena Isinbayeva Russia RUS 3 Jun 82  
  NH     Zsuzsanna Olgyay-Szabó Hungary HUN 6 May 73  
  NH     Tania Stefanova Bulgaria BUL 8 Mar 72  
 
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Qualifying

Group A

Group B
Place Overall Athlete Nation Mark Qual Record
1 1 Tatiana Grigorieva Australia 4.30 q  
1 1 Daniela Bártová Czech Republic 4.30 q  
1 1 Nicole Rieger-Humbert Germany 4.30 q  
1 1 Anzhela Balakhonova Ukraine 4.30 q  
5 7 Marie Rasmussen Denmark 4.30 q = NR
6 11 Stacy Dragila United States 4.30 q  
7 12 Monika Pyrek Poland 4.30 q  
8 17 Caroline Ammel France 4.15    
9 18 Alejandra García Argentina 4.15    
10 20 Janine Whitlock Great Britain 4.15    
11 22 Þórey Edda Elísdóttir Iceland 4.00    
    Svetlana Feofanova Russia NM    
    Zsuzsanna Szabó Hungary NM    
    Yelena Isinbayeva Russia NM    
    Tanya Koleva Bulgaria NM    
Place Overall Athlete Nation Mark Qual Record
1 1 Vala Flosadóttir Iceland 4.30 q
1 1 Kellie Suttle United States 4.30 q  
3 7 Gao Shuying China 4.30 q  
3 7 Elmarie Gerryts South Africa 4.30 q  
3 7 Yvonne Buschbaum Germany 4.30 q  
6 13 Doris Auer Austria 4.30 q  
7 14 Melissa Mueller United States 4.25    
8 15 Emma George Australia 4.25    
8 15 Mar Sánchez Spain 4.25    
10 18 Marie Poissonnier France 4.15    
11 21 Déborah Gyurcsek Uruguay 4.15    
12 22 Pavla Hamáčková Czech Republic 4.00    
    Yelena Belyakova Russia NM    
    Thalia Iakovidou Greece NM    
    Katalin Donath Hungary NM  
 

Final

Rank Athlete Attempts Distance  
4.00 4.15 4.25 4.35 4.40 4.45 4.50 4.55 4.60 4.65
1st  Stacy Dragila (USA) - - O O XO O XXO XO O XXX 4.60 m OR
2nd  Tatiana Grigorieva (AUS) - XO O O O O XO O X- XX 4.55 m PB
3rd  Vala Flosadóttir (ISL) O O O O O O O XXX     4.50 m NR
4  Daniela Bártová (CZE) O - O XXO - XXO O XXX     4.50 m  
5  Nicole Humbert (GER) - XXO XXO XXO - XXO - XXX     4.45 m  
6  Yvonne Buschbaum (GER) - - XO O XO XXX         4.40 m  
7  Monika Pyrek (POL) XO XXO O O XO XXX         4.40 m NR
8  Marie Rasmussen (DEN) O O O O XXX           4.35 m NR
9  Doris Auer (AUT) - - O XXX   4.25 m  
10  Gao Shuying (CHN) O O XXX   4.15 m  
11  Kellie Suttle (USA) O XXX   4.00 m  
 Anzhela Balakhonova (UKR) - - XXX   NM
 Elmarie Gerryts (RSA) XX-   NM
 
 

 

 

 

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