SPORTSWEAR giant Nike has been let off the hook by the UK’s advertising watchdog following a controversial tweet by Wigan-based athlete Holly Bleasdale.Pole vault star Holly posted on her Twitter site in support of Roger Federer during his Wimbledon final win over Andy Murray last Sunday week, linking it to their joint sponsor, Nike.Her tweet read: “Come on Federer!! Team #Nike #makeitcount” with the final hash tag being the Nike slogan.Such tweets have become a contentious issue following a decision by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to ban a Nike Twitter campaign last month following similar tweets made by Manchester United footballer Wayne Rooney and Arsenal’s Jack Wilshire – both of whom are also sponsored by Nike.Rooney’s tweet read: “My resolution – to start the year as a champion, and finish it as a champion …#makeitcount gonike.me/makeitcount”.Wilshere had posted “In 2012, I will come back for my club – and be ready for my country Continue reading
TOPEKA — Seven individuals from Iola and area towns claimed medals in events during the first weekend of the 2012 Kansas Sunflower State Games. The Games feature events for all ages for three weekends in July.
Iola’s Larry Wilson captured the gold medal in the pole vault for men ages 45-49. He cleared 11 feet while his son Michael, a junior at Iola High, took the bronze medal in the 15-16-year boys’ pole vault with a height of 12 feet
Boys 17-18 Pole Vault
1 Brush, Parker 17 Shawnee, KS 15-06.00 4.72m
2 Weisenburger, Ryan 18 Spring Hill, KS 13-06.00 4.11m
2 Cone, Tyler 17 Glasco, KS 13-06.00 4.11m
4 Soto-Gomez, Jorge 17 Topeka, KS 10-06.00 3.20m
Boys 13-14 Pole Vault
1 Wewer, Blake 14 Manhattan, KS 7-00.00 2.13m
Boys 15-16 Pole Vault Continue reading
Kansas–Since her time on the Shawnee Mission Northwest track and field team, Christen Guenther has gradually improved her ability as a pole-vaulter —to the point where the Olympic Trials were in sight after her career at Brigham Young University.Although she peaked over the Olympic B standard, the needed 4.31-meter mark was matched by 27 other vaulters who made her come up just short of making a trip to Eugene, Ore.Guenther holds the BYU outdoor record, but her vault of 4.25 meters at the Texas Relays did not get her a chance at London later this month.Becoming an Olympic level vaulter, capable of competing against the best in the world, can take years.“Track and field Olympic hopefuls make a lot of sacrifices, but it’s all worth it if they get to see their dreams come true,” Continue reading
SALISBURY, NC — Pole vaulting is not a sport that draws a lot of media attention, and certainly not live television coverage from the U.S. Olympic Trials. On the cool, rainy evening of June 28, in Eugene, Ore., as pole vaulter Jeremy Scott competed to achieve the ultimate dream of every track and field athlete, the live television coverage was of lap after lap of the women’s and men’s 5,000 meter finals. While Jeremy’s wife, Sarah, and his parents, Hank and Rose, watched anxiously from the grandstands, dozens of friends and family around the country stared at the unfamiliar “x” and “o” scoring system of pole vaulting on their computer screens and held their collective breath. With each miss of a competitor, Sarah would send a group text. Jeremy was in second place with a jump of 18 feet, 4[0xbd] inches, but two competitors still had a chance to displace him for the top three. Tension mounted as family and friends called back and forth to ask what was happening, and then a text from Sarah: “Going to London, baby!” Continue reading
The Russian pole vault queen is the female equivalent of Sergei Bubka. She’s broken 28 world records, just seven short of the Ukrainian pole vault legend’s mark. The two-time defending Olympic champion will look to make it three in a row, buoyed by gold and a world record at the indoor world championships earlier this year, her first record after a rare two-year barren spell between 2009 and 2011 more
Grove, a 2011 graduate of Pontiac Township High School, cleared 4.15 meters in placing sixth at the meet for track and field athletes under the age of 20.
The height, which coverts to 13 feet, 7 1/4 inches, was about 5 inches short of her personal best mark. Grove had cleared three heights with only one miss before going for the 4.15 meters.
Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden won the event at 4.5 meters (14-9).
Grove’s best was 14-2, which had her ranked third in the world coming into the meet. Grove reached her personal-best mark during her freshman season at the University of South Dakota, where she earned first-team All-American honors after placing seventh in the NCAA Division I national championships.
She also qualified for the U.S. Olympic Trials in the pole vault and won the USA Junior Championships in the event as well more
Decathlete not giving up on goal of competing for Haiti in Olympics. Josue Louis envisioned himself walking into the Opening Ceremonies of the Olympics later this month as a member of the Haiti track and field team, a dream accomplished and a family back home beaming with pride.All he needed was an all-around good performance in the decathlon during the qualifying stage to etch his name onto the roster.But on the second day of the two-day event, the former Ramapo High School track athlete and football player missed a height that he needed to hit in the pole vault, ending his chance of being in London. Almost immediately, the 25-year-old Louis, a Spring Valley native, redirected his attention away from England and toward Brazil, eying a spot on the 2016 team in Rio de Janeiro. more
BARCELONA, Spain – South Dakota track and field athlete Emily Grove finished sixth in the pole vault at the IAAF World Junior Championships Saturday in Barcelona, Spain. The Pontiac, Ill., native cleared a height of 13-7 1/4 to record the sixth-place finish against athletes from across the world. Prior to clearing that height, Grove cleared three other bars with just one miss. She finished ahead of athletes from Sweden, China, Germany and Russia in the event. Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden won the event at 14-9 source
Australia –The continuing struggles of Olympic champion Steve Hooker have left the shaggy-haired pole vaulter bereft of answers on the threshold of the London Games.Australian athletics officials crossing their fingers in hope of a miracle after Hooker failed on all three of his attempts at 5.40 metres in the rain-affected London Grand Prix last weekend.This continues a miserable run of form since he vaulted 5.72 metres at his private training base in May to qualify for the Games.Since that emotional day, which raised hopes in Australia that the mental demons that scuppered his domestic season had finally been banished, Hooker has cleared only 5.42 metres in competition, and failed to launch on a number of attempts.He has three weeks to climb out of the abyss before the pole vault qualification kicks off at the Olympic Stadium on 8 August.”I am definitely not standing here in the same place where I was four years ago,” Hooker said after the London Grand Prix, where four years ago he vaulted 5.97 metres in a warm-up to his triumph at the Beijing Games.”I am not going to give up. I am going to go out there and fight the whole time.”Hooker’s woes are a far cry from the glory days of 2008-10 when he jumped 5.90m to become the first Australian man to win Olympic athletics gold in 40 years, and later swept both the outdoor and indoor world titles. more
Renaud Lavillenie has been left flying the French flag for his country’s athletics team at the Olympic Games, the pole vaulter arriving in London in the form of his life and odds-on favourite to claim gold.After claiming a disappointing bronze at last year’s World Championships in Daegu, Lavillenie underwent an operation on a hand he broke when a pole broke in training in December.Suddenly, his Olympic hopes were put on ice. But the 25-year-old Clermont native returned to competition in February and since then has been unbeatable.He successfully defended his world indoor title in Istanbul in March with a soaring best of 5.95 metres, before dominating the European outdoor season and going on to also defend his European title in Helsinki, with a season-leading 5.97m.Lavillenie’s battle in the Finnish capital with German rival Bjorn Otto has been one of the highlights of the athletics year.The duo employed a brazen gamesmanship that saw the Frenchman hold his nerve to the end and cement his world number one ranking with a classic podium-grabbing performance.It was his ninth victory in a row this season and another in which he has never vaulted lower than 5.82m to win.Lavillenie said that sceptics who doubted his entry into the European championships so close before the Olympics had been answered. more