• Short Summary

    Chris Papanicolaou of Greece, in devastating form, was the first man ever to beat the 18 feet barrier in the pole vault in Athens on Saturday (24 October) with a leap of 18' 1/4" (5.49 metres).

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    Chris Papanicolaou of Greece, in devastating form, was the first man ever to beat the 18 feet barrier in the pole vault in Athens on Saturday (24 October) with a leap of 18' 1/4" (5.49 metres). The previous record of 17'11" (5.47 metres) was set up by East German Wolfgang Nordwig only a month ago.

    "Papa", 27, is a graduate of San Jose State University and Greece's only athlete of world stature. For weeks "Papa" has been hoping to beat the record, and is confident that he will jump 5.54 metres before the end of the year.

    So another athlete has emerged to threaten the Americans where they were once considered supreme. Although they have won the Olympic title every year, this year they have only four of the top 14 in the world pole vault rankings. Their best man, Jan Johnson, is rated fourth.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA26XSQO8JY00LVYLU6IUFLEML
    Media URN:
    VLVA26XSQO8JY00LVYLU6IUFLEML
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    27/10/1970
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:11:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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