Twelve athletes had been due to make it through to the final, but Lewis will be one of 14 to compete on Friday evening after finishing in joint-ninth place with six other athletes.
Lewis, along with some of the event’s top names in recent years including medal hope Bjorn Otto from Germany and the reigning Olympic champion Steve Hooker, of Australia, all cleared 5.50m on their first attempts.
The officials wanted to cut the field down to 12, but after a lengthy discussion the athletes persuaded them that the top 14 should all qualify without being forced to jump again.
It meant Lewis, whose personal best of 5.82m was set in July, could prepare for the final after a relatively comfortable morning.
Lewis endured a difficult Games in Beijing, when three failures at 5.45m meant he headed home without having recorded a mark, but he will have the ideal opportunity to make amends on Friday.
By: Telegraph Sport