NEW DELHI: The London 2012 pole vault is the Google’s new fascinating doodle to show its support to the sporting extravaganza. It is the ninth doodle since the opening of the London Olympics 2012.

The doodle features a female pole vaulter in action, trying to take a leap over the bar using a long and flexible pole. Moreover, in the London 2012 pole vault doodle, the logo of Google is seen behind the stadium in which the ceiling of the stadium is painted in varied colours of green, yellow, red and yellow.

Pole vault jumping competition is held as a part of the Olympics Games since 1896 for men, but it was only in the year 2000 women were allowed to participate in the competition.

This sport came a long way since its inception. Earlier pole vault competitions were held using solid ash poles but with the advancement of technology, it has been replaced with fiberglass bar with rubber ends.

In this sport, athletes are given the freedom to choose different heights to jump over and if/she succeeds a height, the height of the bar is raised, thus making it more competitive for the next set of jumps.

The landing area of this sport is important and to minimize the risk of injury for pole vault, it is designed into high-tech mats with foam.

The opening ceremony of the London 2012 Olympics doodle depicted 5 athletes playing different sports. The first Olympics doodle featured sports like football, basketball, swimming, fencing, running, and javelin throw.

The London Olympics 2012, officially the Games of the XXX Olympiadis, kicked off on 27 July, 2012 and will conclude on August 12, 2012.

About 10,000 athletes from 204 countries are participating in the games.


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