Irie Hill climbs higher still — tops 12 feet in latest W45 vault WR

Here’s Irie from a year ago, when she set her first W45 record — breaking a three-way tie.

Britain’s Irie Hill submitted a qualifying mark of 3.62 meters (11-10 1/2) for Lyon worlds. Sigh. It’s already out of date — a second time. Less than a month after raising her own W45 world record to 3.65 (just under 12), Irie did it again Tuesday. Back in her lucky country, Switzerland, she jumped 3.70 (12-1 1/2) in the “Abendmeeting” in Olten. (See results here.) Irie, 46, topped a field of five, mostly in their twenties. I wrote Irie for details, and she graciously responded: “The stadium is nestled between green hills, and under a full moon it offered the perfect setting for an international evening meeting. At 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees American) none of us athletes needed a long warmup and so the competition began.”

Irie continued:

After an hour’s wait, it was my turn. … Clearing my opening height of 3.50 (11-5

3/4) first time, I went straight to the new age-group record height of 3.70. which I managed at the third attempt, [but] 3.80 (12-5 1/2) proved too high on this occasion.

And here’s more great news: Not that we don’t love American made poles, but Europe has a new vaulting poles manufacturer called WESP! Mr. Wesp is based close to Berlin and his poles (carbon and regular fibre glass) come in any conceivable length and weight including speedy delivery. Here is the website.

I’m thrilled to have been given the opportunity to sample one of his state-of-the-art products. After all, any job is easy with the right tools 🙂

On the Age-Graded Tables, Irie’s latest WR is worth an open mark of 4.86 (15-11 1/4). Her actual PR is 4.20 (13-9 1/4), which she did twice — in 2000 and 2006.

Congrats, Irie. And have a great time in France!

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July 2, 2015

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