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    The canals of Holland have many uses -- not least among them the sport of "Fierljeppen" -- canal pole vaulting.

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    The canals of Holland have many uses -- not least among them the sport of "Fierljeppen" -- canal pole vaulting.

    On Saturday (17 August) vaulters met at Winsum in Friesland, for the National Pole-jumping Championships.

    Pole jumping across canals is a very old sport in Friesland, with a history going back for centuries. Its origin is thought to relate to its use, many years ago, for crossing canals in search of birds' eggs.

    But today it's a serious sport. In the senior classes, men and women jump across a canal about 14 metres (46 ft) wide. The distance they land away from the canal edge is then measured, and the person jumping the farthest distance is the winner.

    The wining distance -- like most sporting records -- has increased year by year. This year's winner was J. de Vries who cleared the canal by 16.77 metres (55 feet).

    The method used to achieve the maximum leap is to climb up the pole while in the air then to push off from the pole as it falls towards the opposite bank. But if it's not done swiftly and accurately, the jumper finds himself enjoying the waters of the canal.

    SYNOPSIS: The canals of Holland have many uses -- not least among them the sport of canal-jumping, or "fierljeppen" as it's known. On Saturday, vaulters met at Winsum in Friesland for the National Canal-Jumping Championships. Failure means a cold bath.

    Pole jumping across canals is a very old sport in Friesland, going back in history for centuries. Its origin is though to relate to its use many years ago, for crossing canals in search of birds' eggs. A few eggs must have been lost this way.

    But today, it's a serious sport. In the senior classes, men and women jump across a canal about fourteen metres wide. The distance they land away from the canal edge is measured and the longest jump wins the competition.

    The method used to achieve the maximum leap is to climb up the pole while in the air then to such off from the pole as it falls towards the opposite bank. The best jumps this year were over sixteen metres.

    The wining distance -- like most sporting records -- has increased gradually over the years. This year's winner was J. de Vries, who cleared the canal by almost seventeen metres.

    In this sport, it's useless to look before you leap.

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    Film ID:
    VLVADPBXM7HLOOT4YM0981OXT3JU2
    Media URN:
    VLVADPBXM7HLOOT4YM0981OXT3JU2
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    20/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:41:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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