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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…