The world's two best pole vaulters were matched against each other at E1 Paso, Texas, on Tuesday (May 23) -- and the result was a new double world record.
SV Bob Saagren vaults record height of 18ft. 4 1/4 inches and being congratulated by crowd (3 shots)
SV ZOOM TO CU Seagren limbers up
LV Officials adjust bar
LV Issakson clearing bar and SOF STARTS: "The thing about the wind...
CU ZOOM TO SV Issakson talking to Seagren (SOF OVER CONTINUES)
sv Bob Seagren's jump in slow motion and his voice over
MV Issakson PAN TO Seagren being congratulated (Seagren SOF over) SOF ENDS:..for God's sake."
GV Issakson jump in slow motion
MV Issakson congratulated by Seagran and others
COMMENTARY: "Bob Seagren was the first to clear the record height of 18 feet 4 1/4 inches. Seagren was using a new and more flexible pole. He also was helped along by a twelve-to-twenty-mile-an-hour wind. Afterward Seagren was talking more about his future than about the record vault which came on his third attempt. Issakson also cleared the record height at his third effort. he had been the world record holder at 18 feet two in??? set earlier this year in Los Angeles. Seagren was happy about the conditions, but issakson said he got no help from the wind."
ISSAKSON: "I think the wind was not on my side today. Always when it was my turn to jump I had to wait five or ten minutes every time. And it was impossible to jump. I think I could have done the last height if the wind was better."
SEAGREN: "Unless they change the amateur status and amateur rulings, this is my last year definitely. If they make some changes in it, where a guy can make a living and still compete, that's fine. But it's so restricting now that it's just absurd. So this is definitely my last year unless they make some rule changes. and capitalise off his name...It doesn't corrupt an athlete or a man to make a little money from his name, for God's sake."
COMMENTARY: "Seagren had made a special trip to E1 Paso to compete against Issakson, who had taken over supremacy in the pole vault event this spring, after clearing eighteen two inches. But men missed eighteen-six."
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Background: The world's two best pole vaulters were matched against each other at E1 Paso, Texas, on Tuesday (May 23) -- and the result was a new double world record. Sweden's Kjell Issakson and American Bob seagren both cleared 18 feet 4 1/4 inches (5.59 metres). This was two and a quarter inches better than the world record set by Issakson only last month.
Seagren was the first to clear the new record height. Issakson emulated him a few minutes later. Both men then tried to clear 18 feet 6 inches (5.585 metres) but failed in three attempts.
Coverage comes complete with brief interviews with the joint record holders and a National Broadcasting Company commentary. An alternative commentary is provided overleaf: