John Altendorf ups M65 world indoor record at Pole Vault Summit

World champion John Altendorf took fourth Saturday in the masters event at the Pole Vault Summit in Reno, Nevada. But at 66, he was king of the hill by clearing 3.86 meters (12-8) and crushing the listed M65 world indoor record of 3.72 (12-2 1/2) by fellow American Arthur Parry in 2011. (John jumped an unratified 3.80 (12-5 1/2) a year ago in Oregon and also a cool 3.70 in March 2011.) John also holds the listed M65 outdoor record of 3.89 (12-9) . Overall winner Tom Williams beat longtime vault star Gary Hunter at the Pole Vault Summit as both cleared 4.02 meters (13-2 1/4) at the annual jumpfest. See masters (and other) results here.

John blasted over bar at 2010 nationals. He’s still the bomb. (Hence headgear.)

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January 20, 2013

6 Responses

  1. Bubba Sparks - January 20, 2013

    He was vintage John. Perfect technical jumps for any age!!

  2. Christel Donley - January 20, 2013

    Congratulations, great start for 2013.

  3. Pole Vault Power - January 20, 2013

    Jill Starkey jumped 3.52 for a W40 AR, almost had the next height (3.68?) too.

  4. Nadine O'Connor - January 21, 2013

    Congrats, John! I second Bubba’s remark. Your technique is beautiful to watch.

  5. Ken Stone - January 21, 2013

    Ages of PVS men’s masters entrants:

    Tom Williams 42
    Gary Hunter 56
    Wendell Beck 54
    John Altendorf 66
    Victor Berezovskiy 53
    Scott Strohmeyer 45
    Paul Golibart 50
    Matt Kendall 49
    Bubba Sparks 59
    Dan Umenhofer 52
    Charlie Brown 57
    John Ambrose 50
    Jon Stoll 52
    Richart Harper 48
    Dan West 57
    Brad McFarling 54
    John Bagatelos 45
    Scott Graves
    Andrew Avellar 47
    Dan Besmer 49

  6. Ken Stone - January 21, 2013

    John reports that he observed the officials filling out record paperwork, and “I just sent them a copy of my passport for age verification and told them they needed to send in a copy of the event record sheet (Xs & Os). I also notified Sandy to expect it so I think I have done everything I can at this time.”

    He says Vaulter magazine was there, “and I know they took several photos. They posted a photo of me at the height board after the 12-4 jump.”

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