• Short Summary

    At the eighth annual United States Olympic Invitational athletics Meeting at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday (20 February), Dan Ripley of Los Angeles regained the world indoor pole vault record when he cleared 18 feet three and three-quarter inches (5.5 mtrs).

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    At the eighth annual United States Olympic Invitational athletics Meeting at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday (20 February), Dan Ripley of Los Angeles regained the world indoor pole vault record when he cleared 18 feet three and three-quarter inches (5.5 mtrs).

    Ripley had set a world record mark on 6 February, but then saw it broken only two days later. This latest successful attempt in New York was achieved on his third and final vault.

    The bar had actually been set at 18 feet four inches (5.59 mtrs), but Ripley grazed the bar going over, and so officials only credited him with a vault of 18 feet three and three-quarter inches.

    Wladyslaw Kozakiewicz of Poland, who broke Ripley's first world record by vaulting 18 feet three and half inches (5.57 mtres.) in Toronto the previous Friday (13 February), had a chance at Madison Square Garden to beat Ripley's effort. But he failed on his final attempt after the Californian had set his now world record.

    The highest pole vault ever recorded at an indoor event is 18 feet five inches (5.63 mtres.), which was set last year by Steve Smith. But Smith is a professional and is therefore not considered eligible for an official world record.

    In the Wilma Rudolph 50 metre sprint for women, Alice Annum of Ghana, who won the event last year, was pushed into second place by Mattline Hander who returned a time of six-point-three seconds. Annum's time was six-point-four seconds, and Sandra Upshaw who was third, was credited with the same time.

    In the 1,500 metres for women, Francie Larrieu came out top of her division as expected, with a time in the final of 4 minutes twenty-seconds point-one. Second was Julie Brown of Los Angeles T.C. (4 min.20.3 seconds), and third was Cindy Bremmor of Wisconsin T.C. (4 min.20.3 secs.).

    Dwight Stones of Long Beach State University shattered his world indoor high jump record with a leap of 7 feet six-and-a-quarter inches (2.28 mtres.). Stones cleared the bar on his first attempt at bettering his indoor record of 7 feet five-and-three-quarter inches (2.36 mtrs.), which he set at last year's U.S. Olympic Invitational. He also holds the outdoor high jump record of 7 feet six-and-a-half inches (2.59 mtres).

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    Film ID:
    VLVA485ZJYRKA0351CCO61HQ6AGFT
    Media URN:
    VLVA485ZJYRKA0351CCO61HQ6AGFT
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/02/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:01:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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