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Hooker keeps his powder dry

Steve Hooker has claimed his powers of persuasion played a decisive role in his qualification for the London Olympics men’s pole vault final. The reigning Olympic champion made just one attempt in qualifying, clearing a height of 5.50 metres and then convinced his fellow competitors and the officials to expand…

Holliday bows out undaunted

LONDON — Former Oregon standout Becky Holliday bowed out of the pole vault competition after clearing two heights at the London Olympics on Monday, but she wasn’t about to leave the venue. The 32-year-old Holliday, who placed ninth overall at 14 feet, 7¼ inches, wanted to stay and watch her…

Going for the Gold

For one brief track and field season, I held the pole vault record at St. John Vianney High School in Holmdel, New Jersey: 8 feet, 6 inches. Before you laugh though, I should tell you what the circumstances were and note that this was around 1972 when clearing 10 feet…

Hooker through to pole vault final

Steve Hooker needed only one attempt to go through to the final of the men’s pole vault at the Olympic Stadium. The reigning champion easily cleared 5.50m to progress to the final on Day 14 as the equal-ninth qualifier. World indoor champion Renaud Lavillenie of France and Germany’s Raphael Holzdeppe…

Jim Thorpe: Fact and fiction

The legend of Jim Thorpe and some misconceptions that still exist Before the 1912 Olympic decathlon, Jim Thorpe rarely competed in events such as the pole vault, shot put and javelin. But Thorpe was incredibly perceptive, a technique he sharpened watching horses gallop as a child. He would study their…