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


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