"Fierljeppen" -- the sport of pole-vaulting across canals -- is taken very seriously in Holland.?
MV Competitor on to pole into water
SLV Competitor clearing water
MV Crowd applaud.
MV No 58- the winner clears water
MV Judges measure distance
MV Man clears water
MV/SLV Two competitors falling in water-two shots
SLV Woman competitor clears water
SV Jumps measured
MV Winners receiving garland.
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SPORT: POLE VAULTING
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Background: "Fierljeppen" -- the sport of pole-vaulting across canals -- is taken very seriously in Holland. On Saturday(August 15) the vaulters met at Winsum, in Friesland for the pole-jumping Championships.
Pole-jumping across canals is a very old sport in Friesland going back in history for centuries. It origin in thought to relate to its use, many years ago, for the crossing of the many canals in Friesland in the search for birds' eggs.
But today it is a serious sport. In the senior class the competitors -- men and women-- jump across a canal, about 14 metres (46 feet) wide. The distance they land away from the canal edge is then measured -- and the person succeeding in jumping the farthest is the winner.
The method used to achieve the maximum leap is to climb up the pole while in the air. But if not done swiftly and accurately it can result in the pole not even reaching the vertical If this happens then the jumper finds himself enjoying the waters of the canal.