1980 Moscow Olympics, Mens Pole Vault

Poland’s Władysław Kozakiewicz won the pole vault with a jump of 5.78m (18’11.5″) — only the 2nd pole vaulting world record to be established during an Olympics.
In the pole vault competition, despite pleas for silence in three languages, jeers, chants and whistles among the different factions in the crowd supporting French, Soviet and Polish pole vaulters could be heard. Immediately after Kozakiewicz secured his gold medal, he responded to the jeering Soviet crowds with an obscene bent elbow gesture. This gesture is now referred to in Polish as “Kozakiewicz’s gesture”.



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