Pole Vault in History

Events in Sport

  • 1879-09-19 Thomas Ray becomes youngest to break a world track & field record pole-vaulting 11' 2½" at age 17 years & 198 days
  • 1940-04-13 Cornelious Warmerdam became 1st man to pole vault 15 ft
  • 1942-02-07 1st indoor 15' pole vault (Cornelius Warmerdam 15' 3/8")
  • 1962-02-02 1st pole vault over 16' (4.88m) (John Uelses-16', Melrose Games)
  • 1962-02-03 John Uelses pole vaults record 489 cm
  • 1963-08-24 John Pennel is first person to pole-vault 17'
  • 1966-03-05 Bob Seagren pole vaults 5.19m indoor world record
  • 1966-07-23 John Pennel pole vaults record (5.34 m)
  • 1967-02-18 Bob Seagren sets pole vault record at 17'3"
  • 1969-06-21 John Pennel pole vaults world record (5.45 m)
  • 1972-07-02 Bob Seagren pole vaults world record 5.63m
  • 1984-07-13 Sergei Bubka of USSR pole vaults a record 5.89 m
  • 1991-03-15 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record 6.14m (20 feet 1 3/4)
  • 1991-03-23 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.12m)
  • 1991-08-05 Sergei Bubka of USSR sets pole vault world record (6.10m) in Malmö Sweden
  • 1992-06-27 Dan O'Brien fails on pole vault & eliminated from Olympics decathlon
  • 1992-09-19 Sergei Boebka pole vaults world record (6.13m)
  • 1993-02-13 Sergei Bubka pole vaults indoor record (6.14 m)
  • 1993-02-21 Sergei Bubka pole vaults world record indoor (6.15 m)
  • 1995-02-10 Sun Cayun pole vaults female indoor world record (4.12m)
  • 1995-02-12 Sun Cayun pole vaults indoor female world record (4.13m)

Birthdays in Sport

  • 1926-02-20 Robert Eugene Richards, Ill, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-48, 52, 56)
  • 1940-07-25 John Pennel, pole vaulter (James E Sullivan Award-1963)
  • 1945-08-04 Fred Hansen, US, pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-1964)
  • 1946-10-17 Bob Seagren, Pomona California, actor (Soap)/pole vaulter (Olympic-gold-68)
  • 1962-02-27 Kory Tarpenning, Portland Oregon, pole vaulter
  • 1963-12-04 Sergey Bubka, Ukraine, pole vaulter (Olympics-gold-88, 92)
  • 1965-11-23 Rodion Gataullin, Uzbekistan, pole vaulter (Olympics-silver-88)
  • 1966-07-01 Simon Arkell, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics-17th-92, 96)
  • 1969-11-20 Konstantin Semyonov, Israel, Men's pole vaulter (Oly-11th-1996)
  • 1971-07-20 William Deering Jr, South Bend Indiana, pole vaulter
  • 1974-06-04 James Miller, Australian pole vaulter (Olympics-96)
  • 1982-06-03 Yelena Isinbayeva, Russian pole vaulter
  • 1982-08-19 Kevin Rans, Belgian pole vaulter
  • 1986-11-26 Konstadinos Filippidis, Greek pole vaulter