The likes of two-time Olympic medalist Renaud Lavillenie of France to world-record holder Armand Duplantis of Sweden, the men’s pole vault final is a blend of experience and youth.
French vaulter Renaud Lavillenie, at 34, is the most experienced among the finalists that will take place at the Olympic Stadium on Tuesday.
In Tokyo, Lavillenie is chasing his third Olympics medal and will be competing to upgrade from his 2016 Rio silver. He has already won the gold at London 2012.
Sweden’s Armand Duplantis, aged 21, is the current world No.1. His attempt of 6.18m in Glasgow earlier this year earned him a world record. He has the 2019 Doha world championship silver to boost his confidence at Tokyo.
Brazil’s Thiago Braz, aged 27, is the world No. 2 and among the top medal contenders. The Brazilian holds the Olympics record of 6.03 set en route to the 2016 Rio gold.
Experienced Piotr Lisek of Poland is another top contender. At 28, Lisek is playing his second Olympics final. His 5.75m attempt was just 0.10 short of the 2016 Rio Olympics bronze.
Tokyo 2020 Olympics men’s pole vault finalists
Emmanouil Karalis (GRE)
Thiago Braz (BRA)
Menno Vloon (NED)
Renaud Lavillenie (FRA)
Chris Nilsen (USA)
Kurtis Marschall (AUS)
Bo Kanda Lita Baehre (GER)
KC Lightfoot (USA)
Armand Duplantis (SWE)
Harry Coppell (GBR)
Ernest John Obiena (PHI)
Oleg Zernikel (GER)
Ersu Sasma (TUR)
Piotr Lisek (POL)