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Throwback 1992 – Runway Snafu Angers Bubka

Runway Snafu Angers Bubka : Pole vault: World record-holder says he will never compete in L.A. again after broken promise by Franken.

An incensed Sergei Bubka–who said meet promoter Al Franken broke his promise to provide a rubberized vaulting runway–vowed late Saturday night to never return to the Sunkist Invitational after enduring a series of delays and mishaps.

Bubka, world record-holder in the pole vault, won the meet Saturday night by clearing 19 feet 8 1/4 inches, an American all-comers record. Bubka missed in three attempts at a world record of 20-1 1/4, then, well after midnight, had harsh words about the organization of the meet.

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1987: Portrait of Sergey Bubka of the USSR during the Pole Vault event of the Oslo Grand Prix at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo, Norway. Mandatory Credit: Bob Martin/Allsport

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