John Altendorf crushed M65 vault world record twice at Kamloops
Even though John Altendorf says he hasn’t been “jumping at a level I should,” he managed some passable vaults last weekend at Canadian masters indoor nationals. Yeah, I’d say. He upped the M65 world record twice, beating the listed WR of 3.51 by fellow Yank Matti Kilpelainen. “After not being able to make it to USA Nationals, I felt fortunate to get the opportunity to compete in Kamloops at the Canadian Indoor Championships,” he writes. “There was a benefit however, I turned 65 between the two meets. During the competition, I didn’t feel like I was jumping well. After viewing video of a few of my jumps, I can see many deficiencies in my vaults. But I was able to save a few jumps and, as it happens, they were enough to achieve a record in my new age group; first at 3.60 and then 3.70 meters (12 1 1/2).”
John continued in a note to me late Monday:
Needing three attempts to make 3.70 used up energy I was planning to be available for subsequent heights. That, and me losing some confidence, took its toll and my attempts at 3.80 (12-5 1/2) just weren’t good enough to deserve a make. I’m pleased to have achieved a record but know I need to work more on both my conditioning and my technique. Hopefully I will get working on both soon.
OMG, John! Just think how high you’ll go outdoors with a little fitness. Four meters or bust! California, here you come!
Oh and BTW: A year ago at Kamloops he went 4.02 (13-2 1/4) and 4.05 (13-3 1/2) at worlds â€” both M60 world indoor records.