John Pennel pole vaults for newsreel cameramen after setting a new world record over 17 feet.
Coral Gables Florida Date:1963, August Duration:35 sec Sound:Yes
Closeup of Pole Vaulter John Pennel the first man to pole vault over 17 feet (achieving a height of 17 feet ¾ inches, on August 24, 1963, at the Florida Gold Coast AAU meet in Coral Gables). Pennel pole vaults for the benefit of newsreel cameramen, shortly after setting the new record. He runs and plants his fiberglass pole, which bends in a wide arc, before he launches into the air and clears the bar. The vaulting sequence is repeated in slow motion. Pennel wears white shorts and shirt with the number 606 on his back.
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