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Results from World Master’s Pole Vault in Kamloops

We had a great time.  John Altendorf set a new world record for the over 60 age group with a vault of 4.02 meters, then promptly broke it again with a pole vault of 4.05 meters.  We were in the call room, so couldn’t watch, but could hear the moans on his first two misses at 4.02 and then the cheers at 4.02 and then 4.05.  We had been waiting for over an hour and a half from when we were supposed to be vaulting, so it was a bit frustrating not to be vaulting and having our muscles cool down, but  the excitement of getting updates was great.  We managed to get the chaperones to let us out to watch early in the competition, then finally at the very end they relented and escorted us out to watch from the center of the track, but by then John was already done vaulting.  I’m curious as to why he sometimes wears his helmet and then not others.  My dad got a great video of both attempts.  It is a bit too long to show here, but I’ll try and pare it down for YouTube and this site. 

Here’s John with the sign indicating the new world record:

John Altendorf with new age record pole vault height of 4.05 meters

My dad, AKA Chuck, vaulted 6 feet 3 inches for a silver medal.  That was about 2 inches better than his gold medal performance at the US Senior Games in August at Stanford.  I vaulted 10 feet 3 inches for fifth place on misses.  Both of us did about where we were practicing, a couple of inches higher, so we did about what we should have done, but not as much (of course!) as we wanted.

Here’s my dad squeaking over 6’3″ at Kamloops:

Chuck in Pole Vault squeaking over 1.90 at Kamloops


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