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)

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