1962 European Athletics Championships – Men's pole vault

Events at the
1962 European
Athletics Championships

Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men
5000 m men
10,000 m men
80 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men
Road events
Marathon men
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Hammer throw men
Javelin throw men women
Combined events
Pentathlon women
Decathlon men

The men's pole vault at the 1962 European Athletics Championships was held in Beograd, then Yugoslavia, at JNA Stadium on 13 and 15 September 1962.[1]

Just before the meeting, the IAAF council approved the use glass fibre poles for pole vaulting. As a consequence, competitors were able to use them during the meeting if they wished.[2]


Gold Pentti Nikula
Silver Rudolf Tomášek
Bronze Kauko Nyström



15 September
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
Pentti Nikula Finland 4.80 CR
Rudolf Tomášek Czechoslovakia 4.60
Kauko Nyström Finland 4.60
4 Risto Ankio Finland 4.55
5 Maurice Houvion France 4.55
6 Roman Lešek Yugoslavia 4.55 NR
7 Günter Malcher East Germany 4.50
8 Manfred Preußger East Germany 4.50
9 Bernard Balastre France 4.50
10 Igor Petrenko Soviet Union 4.40
11 Petre Astafei Romania 4.40
12 Kjell Hovik Norway 4.40
13 Klaus Lehnertz West Germany 4.30
14 Janusz Gronowski Poland 4.30


13 September
Rank Name Nationality Result Notes
1 Janusz Gronowski Poland 4.40 Q
2 Klaus Lehnertz West Germany 4.40 Q
3 Maurice Houvion France 4.40 Q
4 Günter Malcher East Germany 4.40 Q
5 Kauko Nyström Finland 4.40 Q
6 Igor Petrenko Soviet Union 4.40 Q
7 Risto Ankio Finland 4.40 Q
8 Kjell Hovik Norway 4.40 Q
9 Roman Lešek Yugoslavia 4.40 Q
10 Bernard Balastre France 4.40 Q
11 Manfred Preußger East Germany 4.40 Q
12 Petre Astafei Romania 4.40 Q
13 Rudolf Tomášek Czechoslovakia 4.40 Q
14 Pentti Nikula Finland 4.40 Q
15 Gérard Barras Switzerland 4.30
16 Mirko Kuzmanović Yugoslavia 4.30
17 Dimitar Khlebarov Bulgaria 4.30
18 Mikael Schie Norway 4.20
19 Franc Rojko Yugoslavia 4.20
20 Reidulv Førde Norway 4.20
21 Christos Papanikolaou Greece 4.20
22 Valbjörn Þorláksson Iceland 4.10
23 Roland Gras France 4.00


According to an unofficial count, 23 athletes from 14 countries participated in the event.


  1. ^ European Athletics Championships Zürich 2014 - STATISTICS HANDBOOK, European Athletics Association, pp. 391–397, retrieved 13 August 2014 
  2. ^ Federation's Approval, Glasgow Herald, September 12, 1962, p. 5, retrieved September 1, 2014 
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