|Governing Body:||International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF)|
Pole Vault is a track and field athletic event in which the athlete jumps over a horizontal crossbar by sprinting along a runway and jamming a flexible long pole against a stop board at the center of the base of the uprights. Pole vaulting (for distance) dates back to the 16th century when poles were used to pass over natural obstacles in the Netherlands and across other areas in the UK. Modern pole vaulting was originated around 1850 in Germany when the sport was adopted by a gymnastic club. Initially, poles made of bamboo or aluminium were used, but in the early 1950s, vaulters began to use flexible poles made of fiberglass or carbon fiber. The sport was included in the Summer Olympics since its inception in 1896.
Male and female athletes (jumpers) compete as individuals in pole vault events.
The pole vaulting area includes a straight runway, a box for jamming the pole, a horizontal crossbar supported by two long vertical uprights and a landing area. The runway is around 40-45m long; at the end of the runway is a wedge-shaped pole box which is 1m long into which the athlete thrusts one end of the pole to gain leverage for the jump. The crossbar is 4.5m long and is rests on horizontal pegs supported by two long uprights which allow the crossbar to be raised as the competition progresses. The landing area must be at least 5m long, 5m wide and 0.8m high including the 2m long padded area on either side of the pole box.
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