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Bubpka Clears 6 Meters in Pole Vault July 13, 1985

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Sergey Bubpka became the first pole vaulter ever to clear what had long been considered the unattainable height of 6.00 meters (19 feet 81/4).He did it at the Paris International Track and Field Meet on July 13, 1985.

When the Ukrainian Bupka first cleared 6 meters, he broke his own world record of 5.94 meters. That was the fifth time that he broke the world record. After setting the mark at 6.00 meters, Bubka set twelve more world records, over a period of nine years. His record of 6.14 (20 feet, 1¾ inches) meters set on July 31, 1994, still stands.

This 11 minute video by “Pole Vault Nerd” Bryan Clymer, breaks down Bubka’s 6.0 meter vault in minute detail. It’s actually very beautiful and well worth watching.

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