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Pole vault Facts

A track and field sporting event

  • Pole vaulting is a track and field event in which a person uses a long, flexible pole as an aid to leap over a bar.
  • It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and 2000 for women.
  • The Ulverston Football and Cricket Club, Cumbria in 1843 is the venue for the first modern pole vault event with height as a measurement.
  • Vaulting poles in early times were made from stiff materials such as bamboo or aluminum.
  • In general high jump and pole vault are conducted simultaneously because both are vertical jumps.
  • Competitive pole vaulting uses solid ash poles.
  • The Six metres club is the group of pole vaulters who have reached at least 6 metres.
  • Sergey Bubka is one of the earliest six metres club member of modern pole vaulting having cleared it first in 1985.
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