• Short Summary

    WINSUM IN FRIESLAND ANNUALLY ATTRACTS MANY OF HOLLAND'S BEST POLE-VAULTER'S FOR ITS CROSS-CANAL COMPETITION. NOT?

  • Description

    WINSUM IN FRIESLAND ANNUALLY ATTRACTS MANY OF HOLLAND'S BEST POLE-VAULTER'S FOR ITS CROSS-CANAL COMPETITION. NOT ONLY DOES IT ATTRACT THE ATHLETES, THERE ARE MANY WHO ARE JUST PREPARED TO HAVE A GO, TRUST THEIR LUCK, AND USUALLY FINISH IN THE MUDDY WATERS OF THE CANAL IN A RATHER UNDIGNIFIED FASHION.

    THE SPORT DATES BACK CENTURIES WHEN FRIESLANDERS FOUND BRIDGES FEW AND FAR BETWEEN, AND THEN IT WAS THE FASTEST, IF THE MOST HAZARDOUS WAY, OF CROSSING A CANAL IN A HURRAY. IT HAS ALWAYS BEEN KEPT UP AS A SPORT, BUT SINCE 1957 THE LOCAL EXPERTS HAVE STAGED THIS ANNUAL CHAMPIONSHIP ON STRICT COMPETITIVE LINES - EVEN TO THE WEARING OF CORRECT TRACK CLOTHES.

    IT'S NOT SO MUCH A MATTER OF HEIGHT, BUT DISTANCE COVERED. IN FACT THE VAULTER WHO FAILS TO CLEAR 10 YARDS FINDS HIMSELF IN THE WATER. THE POLE IS 24 FEET (8 METRES) LONG AND FIXED WITH A SQUARE WOODEN PLATE AT THE BASE TO PREVENT IT FROM SINKING INTO THE MUD ON THE CANAL FLOOR.

    THE POLE IS PLACED IN THE MIDDLE OF THE CANAL - LEANING TOWARDS THE APPROACHING VAULTER. GAINING AS MUCH HEIGHT AS POSSIBLE, HE MUST GRAB THE POLE, CARRYING IT FORWARD WITH HIS WEIGHT, THEN AS SOON AS IT PASSES THE VERTICAL POSITION, SCRAMBLE TOWARDS THE TOP OF THE POLE, AND HOPE GRAVITY WILL DEPOSIT HIM ON THE OTHER SIDE.

    A REALLY GOOD JUMP CAN BE AS MUCH AS 15 YARDS (14 METRES).

    IT'S A GOOD SPECTATOR SPORT, OPEN TO BOTH MEN AND WOMEN. AND THERE'S A GOOD ROUND OF APPLAUSE FOR THOSE THAT DON'T MAKE IT - SOMETHING TO CONSOLE THEM FOR A MUDDY DUCKING.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVAE4KMVGEYSFTJPFZT2JHZINRAA
    Media URN:
    VLVAE4KMVGEYSFTJPFZT2JHZINRAA
    Group:
    Reuters - Incuding Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/08/1965
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:59:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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