Cuban Lazaro Borges became the king of the pole vault after winning the gold medal in the event at the XVI Pan-American Games Guadalajara 2011. Borges had competition from Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. The record in the event was established by American Patrick Mason with 5.75 and seemed out of reach for Borges who led all competitors with a 5.40. Mexican Giovanni Lanaro posted the same mark as Borges and in third place American Jeremy Scott tried to keep in contention with a 5.30. Argentine German Chiaraviglio took over third place with a 5.40 in his fifth try. But it was Borges, daring to go for the Pan-Am record in his final attempt, who set a 5.76 to take over first place. Jeremy Scott finished second for the silver medal with a 5.60 and Mexican Giovanni Lanaro secured his bronze medal with a 5.50.