Germany’s Bjorn Otto, Ralf Holzdeppe and the USA’s Brad Walker shared the spoils after an absorbing pole vault contest at a special meeting in Jockgrim, Germany, on Wednesday.
The three athletes tied for the first place after clearing 5.81m. All three of them cleared the height on their first attempt, but neither had any success after that.
Malte Mohr, who also went over 5.81m, finished fourth as he took more attempts to clear lower heights that put him below the top three in the results.
Around 3500 spectators witnessed the contest, where there was another tie for fifth place between Czech Jan Kudlica and Kostadinos Filippidis of Greece at 5.61m, seventh placed Karsten Dilla of Germany also achieving 5.61m.
In the women’s competition, Alana Boyd of Australia and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva jointly set a new meeting record clearing 4.63m.
German record holder Silke Spiegelburg was forced to pull out of the competition after experiencing problems in the warm-up, though it was nothing major and she will continue with her training and preparations for the Games.
Ecker to retire
German pole vaulter Danny Ecker, 35, will call an end to his career on August 25, at the pole vault classics in his home town of Leverkusen.
Germany’s best vaulters have already been confirmed for the events, the list includes the likes of Malte Mohr, Raphael Holzdeppe, Bjorn Otto and Karsten Dilla.
Ecker’s best result was the bronze medal at 2007 IAAF World Championships in Osaka.