Cuban Lazaro Borges became the king of the pole vault after winning the gold medal in the event at the XVI Pan-American Games Guadalajara 2011. Borges had competition from Argentina, Mexico, and Cuba. The record in the event was established by American Patrick Mason with 5.75 and seemed out of reach for Borges who led all competitors with a 5.40. Mexican Giovanni Lanaro posted the same mark as Borges and in third place American Jeremy Scott tried to keep in contention with a 5.30. Argentine German Chiaraviglio took over third place with a 5.40 in his fifth try. But it was Borges, daring to go for the Pan-Am record in his final attempt, who set a 5.76 to take over first place. Jeremy Scott finished second for the silver medal with a 5.60 and Mexican Giovanni Lanaro secured his bronze medal with a 5.50.
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T&FN’s national panel has made Morgann LeLeux (Catholic, New Iberia, Louisiana) a convincing No. 1 in voting for the 2011 High School Girls Athlete Of The Year.
In becoming the pole vault’s first-ever 4-time All-America, LeLeux topped her senior year with a national record 14-2¾.
“My whole goal my senior year was to break the National Record,” she told us in our just-published December issue.
LeLeux received 10 of the 20 votes for No. 1 as she beat out California hurdler Trinity Wilson for the top spot.
Apollo’s Pole Vault Hall of Fame
Justin McGee ’97 ’97 St 16′ 0″
Joshua Devlin ’02 ’02 Opt R 14′ 6″
Mark Cleaveland ’03 ’03 Opt R 14′ 0″
Mark Gibbs ’87 ’87 Rg 13′ 6″
Duane Bice ’75 13′ 6″
Justin Livingstone ’08 ’08 Rg 13′ 6″
Mike Hoffman ’73 3/27/73 12′ 9″ “
Rex Faires ’73 5/4/73 12′ 6″
Andy Acedo ’80 12′ 6″
Jeff Horstman ’79 12′ 6″ “
Neil Miller ’04 ’04 B L 12′ 6″
Acie Calkins ’08 ’07 Opt R 12′ 6″
Micah Sparks ’12 ’11 H A 12′ 6
Kerri Hebner ’03 4/23/03 11′ 0″
Britney McAnally ’08 ’08 G I 9′ 9″
Tresa Marchi ’07 2/26/07 9′ 0″
Mirjam Durst ’01 ’01 Rg 8′ 6″ “
Michelle Grosu ’03 ’02 Dst 8′ 6″
Jenet Steele ’00 ’00 Opt R 8′ 6″
Christine Freeman ’08 ’06 Opt R 8′ 6″
Tiana Thomas ’08 4/4/07 8′ 6″
Sabrina Bailon ’11 ’10 G I 8′ 6″
Brenna Gloetzner ’12 ’11 HA I 8′ 6″ “
Jill Williams ’97 ’97 Rg 8′ 0 “
Kristen Roberts ’00 ’98 Rg 8′ 0″
Kristy Martin ’99 8′ 0″
Apollo vaulters to Watch in 2012
|Senior Micah Sparks||Pole Vault||12′||State qualifier|
|Senior Brenna Gloetzner||Pole Vault||8′ 6″|
16′ 0″ Justin McGee 1997
Freshman Justin McGee 13′ 6″
Sophomore Justin McGee 14′ 9″
Junior Justin McGee 15′ 6″
Senior Justin McGee 16′ 0″
11′ 0″ Kerri Hebner 2003
TWENTY seven Pole Vaulters from Sussex attended the Jim Day memorial open held indoors on Sunday 25th September at Carshalton arena. The annual end of season event attracted a field of 134 from as far afield as Iceland, Ireland and Cornwall, the biggest pole vault event of its kind ever held in the UK. Five athletes came away with medals: Jack Harris 1.83m U11 B Gold medal, Bill Saunders 1.73m U11 B Silver medal, Scott Staples 2.13m U13 B Bronze medal, Emilie Blackwell 3.23m U17 W Silver medal and Holly Turner Bronze medalU17 W 3.13m. Lewes club athlete Sam Brown U23 M, who now trains at Carshalton also picked up the Gold medal with indoor lifetime best of 4.43m . Other group results: Luke Staples 2.03m U15 B , Vicky Warren 2.43m U15 G, Livvy Connor 2.93m U15 G, Hannah Macdonald 2.63m U17W, Remi Macdonald 3.13m U17 M, Claudette Povey 2.33m U23 W, Polly Saunders 2.03m U13 G, James Shackleton 3.23m U17 M, Bryce Williams-Watson 3.33m U17M, George Turner 2.43m U15 B, Justin Tarrant 2.93m U15B, Elise Haworth 1.93m U15G, Tamsin Campbell 2.23m U13G
October 29 – Mexico’s International Olympic Committee (IOC) Executive Board member Mario Vázquez Raña (pictured) has warned the Spanish city Madrid that if they do not triumph in their bid for the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games, they will find it very difficult to host the event in the future. Raña is undoubtedly the most important and influential figure in South America’s Olympic Movement because, as well as his high-ranking IOC position, he serves as President of both the Pan American Sports Organization (PASO) and the Association of National Olympic Committees (ANOC). The 79-year-old from Mexico City is currently here overseeing the 2011 Pan American Games that are taking place, but has said that Madrid must finally deliver a winning bid in 2020 after two recent failed bids for the event in 2012 and 2016, where they lost out to London and Rio de Janeiro respectively. “If Madrid does not win on this occasion, it will be difficult to win on another,” said Raña, who will not vote on where the 2020 Games are held at the session in Buenos Aires in September 2013, as his IOC membership will cease at the end of next year when he turns 80. “Now is the moment for Madrid to win.” Madrid is one of six bidders for the 2020 Olympics alongside Baku, Doha, Istanbul, Rome and Tokyo.
Jeremy Scott (Norfolk, Neb.), runner-up at the 2011 USA Outdoor Championships, kept Team USA’s streak alive of earning at least one medal in the pole vault at every Pan American Games by soaring 5.60m/18-4.5 to earn the silver medal. Scott didn’t attempt a vault until the fourth series at 5.30m/17-4.5, which he cleared on his first try. He cleared 5.40m/17-8.5 and 5.50m/18-0.5 on his second attempts. He made 5.60m on first attempt, passed at 5.65m/18-6.5 and missed three attempts at 5.70m/18-8.25. Cuba’s Lazaro Borges, silver medalist at the 2011 World Championships, set a Pan American Games record in the pole vault at 5.80m/19-0.25.
GUADALAJARA, Mexico – The U.S. women’s field hockey and women’s water polo teams clinched berths in the 2012 Olympics by winning Pan American Games gold medals Friday.
The U.S. upset world champion Argentina 4-2 in field hockey. The water polo team beat Canada 19-18 in a marathon shootout after the teams tied at 8-8 in regulation.
• Jeronimo Amione’s goal in the 75th minute gave Mexico a 1-0 win over Argentina and the men’s soccer gold medal.
• The U.S. men lost to Uruguay 82-80 but still earned the top seed in men’s nbasketball Group B. The Americans play Mexico in the semifinals today.
• Former Arizona Wildcat Nick Mossberg missed all three attempts at his initial height in the men’s pole vault.
ABU DHABI, (SANA) – The Syrian athletics team won seven medals, two silver and five bronze, in the 17th Arab Athletics Championships held in the Emirati city of al-Ain with the participation of 500 athletes from 18 Arab countries.
The silver medals went to Majd Ghazal in the men’s high jump event and Uruba al-Ammo in the women’s 10 kilometers race walk.
The bronze medals went to Hiba al-Omar in the women’s discus throw event, Riham Shiha in the women’s high jump and pole-vaulting events, Mohammad Malla Khalaf in the men’s pole vaulting event, and Hala Ghia in the women’s javelin throw event.
|1||527||BORGES Lazaro Eduardo||19 June, 1986||
|2||756||SCOTT Jeremy Richard||1 May, 1981||
|3||656||LANARO Giovanni Alessandro||27 September, 1981||
Former heptathlete and pole vaulter Fiona Harrison, 29, was driving the sled when the accident happened during a training run for the ongoing British Championships in Winterberg.Harrison, who has competed at Europa and World Cup level, has been involved in bobsleigh for two years, following an established line of athletes who have transferred from track and field. She was originally a brakeman for world champion Nicola Minichiello before moving into driving.Harrison is under observation for head injuries while brakeman Serita Shone, who also switched to the sport from heptathlon, is in a serious conditions after suffering spinal injuries.”I can confirm two of British Bobsleigh’s development athletes were in a training accident in Germany,” said British team performance director Gary Anderson.”Both athletes are currently receiving medical attention in hospital in Germany and their families have been informed.”My focus is now on the two athletes concerned, and their families, and I won’t be making any further comment at this stage.”
Niagara’s Wurster goes for Gold at Pan Am Games…
Canada — The dust particles slowly built up on the tip of young Jason Wurster’s index finger.
On a dusty television screen in the heart of Chippawa in the 1980s, Wurster plopped down and watched his fictional heroes gambit through a dangerous laser hallway.
Wurster would trace clean lines through a thin layer of dust to outline crisp red laser beams on the glowing box.
Fast forward two decades and Wurster is doing something similar to his childhood heroes: avoiding a bar as one of Canada’s top pole vaulters.
On Friday, Wurster, 27, will vault himself up as an ordinary Canadian athlete, but he’s hoping to come down a champion.
He is the lone Canadian competing in the men’s pole vault event at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico.
Wurster’s personal best height is 5.50 meters (18-0) — the equivalent of a two-story building — in both indoor and outdoor pole vault.
“Jason’s got a Canadian record in him,” said coach George Krupa, 61. “If you’ve ever seen him jump, you know he’s always snapping or breaking poles. They bend 90 degrees, but he’s bending them like crazy. The faster you are, the higher you jump. It’s an extreme sport.”
In 1999, Kathy Jager was handed a two-year drug suspension after testing positive at Gateshead worlds for a menopause medicine (which she freely admitted to). Now she’s been sanctioned another two years for a positive test at Berea nationals. This changes things. How can she account for this? The Washington Post brief is here. More details to come. USADA’s press release from yesterday is below. This is second bust from Berea, following the punishment of thrower Craig Shumaker, who signaled his retirement from the sport. Geeezerjock magazine editor Sean Callahan wrote about Jager (JAY-ger) for Salon about six years ago.
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LONDON (AP) – The apartment was gleaming, the view was to die for, and London Olympic officials could not have been more pleased. British officials showed off a new apartment Tuesday in the athletes village for the 2012 London Olympics as they announced a milestone – more than 2,012 of the units are now complete.
Actually, 2,300 were now finished – but who’s counting? Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt and Olympic Delivery Authority chief executive Dennis Hone declared the project firmly on schedule for the games that begin July 27 and last until Aug. 12.
“It’s a big day for us and a big day for the project,” Hone said after they took in the sweeping view of Olympic Park from the apartment’s balcony.
Some 17,000 Olympic athletes and 6,000 Paralympic athletes and officials will stay in the village, which will have 2,818 units when completed