• Short Summary

    Kjell Isaksson of Sweden broke his own world indoor pole vault record with a leap of 17 feet ten and one-half inches (5.44 metres) at Madison Square Garden, New York, last Saturday (February 26).

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    GV Indoor track
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    2.
    GV Isaksson running in slow motion and jumping 17' 8 1/2 inches
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    CU Height indicator reading 17' 10
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    LV Isaksson clearing bar and surrounded by fans
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    5.
    SV Spectators
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    6.
    LV Meriwether winning 60 yard dash nearest camera in slow motion
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    7.
    GV Crowd
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    8.
    SV Competitor clearing high jump (2 shots)
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    LV White clearing bar
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    SV Brown over bar
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    SV Spectators
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    12.
    SV Mile race in progress, Dyce taking lead and winning (3 shots)
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    The scene at New York's Madison Square Garden during last week's United States Amateur Athletic Union's track and field meet. And here in slow motion is Sweden's champion pole vaulter Kjell Isakesson clearing the bar at 17 feet 8 and one-half inches. Hans Legerqvist, his fellow countryman, and Steve Smith of the U.S. also cleared that height. Now for a record bid:



    Although the sign said seventeen-ten the bar was actually a half inch higher when Isaksson cleared it on his second try and beat his own world indoor record by an inch and a half. It was the highlight of Friday's A.A.U. meet in New York.



    Del Meriwether's victory in the 60 yard dash, here in slow motion, was clouded by circumstances. Mel Pinder stumbled at the start. Herb Washington thought there was going to be a restart and slowed down. But Meriwether, in the lane nearest the camera, kept flying and won it in six and two-tenths. It was a fast field but a slow clocking.



    A few high jumpers are still doing the "Fosbury flop", including Chris Dunn of Colgate who placed third and Gene White of Penn. A.C., who cleared seven-two and beat Reynaldo Brown because White had fewer misses at that height.



    Marty Liquori dropped out of the mile run the day before the race. And that left Byron Dyce of Jamaica as the Favourite. Dyce performed like one, easily taking the lead with three of eleven laps remaining. Dyce opened his lead to 25 yards and won the mile in 4.01 and eight-tenths. There was hope for a four-minute mile when they did the quarter in 59-five. But there just wasn't enough pressure to speed the running.




    Initials ES. 1738 OS/1805


    SPORT: ATHLETIC
    This film from the National Broadcasting Company carries a full commentary transcribed over-leaf.

    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Kjell Isaksson of Sweden broke his own world indoor pole vault record with a leap of 17 feet ten and one-half inches (5.44 metres) at Madison Square Garden, New York, last Saturday (February 26).

    Although 15,000 track and field fans were on hand Friday night for the U.S. Amateur Athletic Union Championships, only a thousand or so remained to see Isaksson set his new mark just after mid-night.

    In other events held earlier in the meet, Del meriwether of the U.S.A. won a victory in the 60 yard (54.9 metres) dash, a race that got off to a bad start.

    Jamaica's Byron Dyce, picked to win the one-mile run after Marty Liquori of the U.S. dropped out of it the day before, did so with a time of 4.01 minutes. In the high-jumping event Gene White of the United States triumphed over fellow countryman Reynaldo Brown clearing the bar at seven feet two inches (just over two metres).

    This film from the National Broadcasting Company carries a full commentary transcribed over-leaf.

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    Film ID:
    VLVACKQMGG7VDP41EPFXYZD665H89
    Media URN:
    VLVACKQMGG7VDP41EPFXYZD665H89
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    25/02/1972
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:42:00
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    Canister:
    N/A

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