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Noted in Passing: How is this even possible? [Updated]

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Updated for the foolishly scoffing doubters among you:

One the other hand:

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  • ghostsniper July 3, 2022, 4:40 AM

    Track the end of the stick very closely, it gets longer.
    I had to go back and forth a couple times to catch it.

    • Jack July 3, 2022, 7:32 AM

      It does! That was clever bit of editing.

      • ghostsniper July 3, 2022, 7:55 AM

        @ :31 something strange happens to the body too, it gets longer in the waist area.

        BTW, when Brittney Griner finally gets out of the shitcan do you suppose she’ll utter something like, “I sure could use me a shot of leg?”

    • Vanderleun July 3, 2022, 8:11 AM

      Nope. Plenty of other full video and playback of the jump as twenty seconds of youtube searching would show anybody. Scoffing sans googling is a mistake.

  • MMinWA July 3, 2022, 5:26 AM

    Pole vault was my spring sport in HS. That was an incredible vault. We had a nasty broken leg accident junior year when he landed poorly and that was it for me. Carried the guy and his impossibly angled leg across the field to the ER room of an adjoining hospital.

  • LP July 3, 2022, 5:53 AM

    It looks like the arc of the pole vaults him upward as it springs. I never realized that about pole vaulting

  • Jack July 3, 2022, 7:28 AM

    Meh… I’ll give him a 7.5. A decent vaulter would have stuck that landing.

    • Mike Anderson July 3, 2022, 8:04 AM

      …and caught the pole one-handed, then twirled it like a baton. While his coach lit the ends on fire.

  • D S Craft July 3, 2022, 8:52 AM

    What am I missing here. The two videos are of two entirely different vaulting events. Look at what he’s wearing in each one.

    • Vanderleun July 3, 2022, 10:26 AM

      You’re right. The slo mo is from a previous record setting event.

      Sorry about that. But he really does vault that high. And looks good too.

      I’ll make amends, I hope, with this glimpse into another aspect of pole vaulting:

      • D S Craft July 3, 2022, 11:08 AM

        Oh, I have no doubt about what he did. It was an ‘official’ event, right? And he was officially credited with breaking the record, right? So, there’s no doubt about the video and it is an incredible video at that. I’d say he knows what he’s doing, like he’s done this before. Nice, and thanks.

      • Tom Hyland July 3, 2022, 2:41 PM

        Somehow, I can’t explain it… the women pole vaulters are champions whether they clear the vault or not. I forget to notice if they even scored, that’s how good they are. I stand firmly behind their abilities.

        • Vanderleun July 3, 2022, 6:21 PM

          Yes. Let us all remember that behind every woman pole vaulter stands a man firmly committed to watching their every move.

  • Tom Heinrich July 3, 2022, 9:03 AM

    I was the track and cross country student manager in high school, ’62-’64. Our vaulting pole, aluminum, had as much flex as an I-beam. The school bought a fiberglass pole late in the season for senior year but our vaulters didn’t have the time to learn it. All vaulter, no pole.

  • Jim in Oxford July 3, 2022, 9:58 AM

    The mechanico-physics involved in modern pole vaulting are fascinating and seemingly miraculous — when successful. Most viewers are perhaps unaware or unappreciative of just how difficult this even is – for men or women participants. The successful competitor must be an almost perfect combination of strength, weight, height, and suppleness. And even then, it is pure luck when everything clicks. So many components of pole vaulting have to be just right in order to work — and then there’s all the competition, measured in inches (or mm)!!

    The advent of the fiberglass pole, usurping the aluminum one, was an immeasurably huge leap forward. The aluminum pole was, indeed, as flexible as an I-beam. And for a skinny junior high kid, it weighed a ton! Good thing that by the time I got to high school, I’d grown six inches and was considered too “tall” for the event — not to mention too scared of the heights achieved with a fiberglass pole at the time. And nowadays — sheesh! — how can they get up that high?!

  • Dirk July 3, 2022, 10:15 AM

    Bitchen! If it didn’t happen, it’s just a matter of time. Athletes today are far more “ tuned” to achieve greatness. The equipment, the training, the discipline are light years ahead, efficiency of pole plant pole construction, the aero dynamics of the athlete, are just a better prepared individual.

  • Lance de Boyle July 3, 2022, 1:19 PM

    And at the end, he gets a hug from a goddess.

    • Terry July 3, 2022, 7:37 PM

      I ran track in HS and half way through my second season in college. Tendonitis in the shins wiped me out. If there had been females participating in track & field I would have never lettered. I love athletic women. Married an athletic lady. Those female pole vaulters are something.