A track and field sport
in which contestants run toward a horizontal metal rod and attempt to jump over it. The bar is raised over each round until a winner is discovered. Similar in style to pole vault
, but there is not help from a giant stick.
World Record: Javier Sotomayor (Cuba), 1993, 2.45 meters (8 feet-0 1/2 inch)
American Record: Charles Austin, 1991, 2.40 meters (7 feet-10 1/2 inches)
Olympic Record: Charles Austin (U.S.), 1996, 2.39 meters (7 feet-10 inches)