February 16, 1987 |
Three days after Christmas in 1985, Billy Olson vaulted 19 feet 2 inches, breaking a world indoor pole vault record that had stood for 21 months. In the next two months, the record fell eight more times, the climax coming when the Soviet Union's Sergei Bubka cleared 19-6 at the USA-Mobil indoor championship meet Feb. 28, 1986, in New York. When the season was over, the thought of clearing 19 feet no longer overwhelmed elite pole vaulters. The question wasn't who could do it, but who couldn't.
February 28, 1986 |
Officials are taking precautions to assure that the pole vault competition at the Mobil/TAC Indoor championships tonight at New York's Madison Square Garden doesn't create an international incident, as it threatened to do two weeks ago at the Millrose Games. In that meet at the Garden, officials issued 25 credentials to photographers, who were tripping over each other as they maneuvered for position around the vault pit. Maurice Lucas has nothing on some of these photographers.
February 19, 1986 |
American pole vaulter Billy Olson has set the world indoor record four times this winter, but he has not impressed Sergei Bubka, his Soviet rival. "He's never won a major competition, an Olympic Games or a world championship," Bubka said through an interpreter Tuesday during a press conference at the Airport Park Hotel. "He hasn't even made the Olympic national team. "If he was in a major competition, he wouldn't know which way to go on the runway."
February 17, 1986 |
After an inauspicious start Friday night in New York, the traveling pole vault circus, which had been advertised as the greatest show on earth, came Sunday to the Rosemont Horizon. Unfortunately for a Bally Invitational record crowd of 7,641, one of the three headliners, world indoor record-holder Billy Olson, stayed behind in New York.
February 15, 1986 |
There was something for everyone in the pole vault competition Friday night at the Millrose Games. Dave Volz got the meet record, Billy Olson got the victory, and Sergei Bubka got a lesson in American ingenuity. Or was it his brother, Vasily? The capacity crowd at Madison Square Garden may have to wait for the movie to figure this one out. First things first.
February 12, 1986 |
The Russian and his poles are coming. His name is Sergei Bubka, and he and an American, Billy Olson, are about to have the ultimate summit meetings. They will meet in mid-air, close to 20 feet high. The world's greatest pole vaulters will hit the pits Friday at Madison Square Garden in New York. Two days later, they will compete in Chicago, where Bubka probably will ask to meet the famous vaulter Payton.