Pole Vaulting Facts
Pole vaulting is a track and field event. Now it has become one of the standard events. It began with ancient Greeks and Cretans. They vaulted over bulls to avoid confrontation. The person uses a long and flexible stick as an aid to leap over a crossbar which is placed at a specific height. It is conducted along the lines of the high jump. Vaulters try to vault over the crossbar. Each vaulter gets three chances to reach the crossbar. Then the vaulter lands in an inflated pit.
Quick Facts: –
- These vaulting poles were once made from wood, solid ash or hickory but they were heavy and rigid.
- These poles were replaced by bamboo poles that were more flexible, followed by aluminium poles.
- Now these poles are made from fibreglass or carbon fiber. They are manufactured by mainly two companies Pacer and UCS Spirit.
- Pole vaulting consists of several stages like: – running up, planting of the pole, rocking back and pushing away the pole.
- The athlete can choose from different height options to jump over at their own discretion and once the height is completed, the bar is raised for the next set of jumps.
- The pole must be smooth and there is no restriction on the length or diameter of the pole.
- One of the earliest pole vaulting competitions took place in 1843 in Ulverston Cumbria.
- It has been a full medal event at the Olympic Games since 1896 for men and 2000 for women.