William Bell Sr. is USATF Athlete of the Week for M90 vault WR

William Bell at Olathe.

Earl Bell’s dad vaulted 2.05 meters (6-08 3/4) and endeared himself to USATF folks. So William Bell was named USATF Athlete of the Week. At 91, he’s definitely a phenom. “Bell will compete in his current age-group for the next three years before he plans to attempt the world record in the 95-99 age group,” USATF reported. “I’m getting ready for the 95 to 99 age group,” Bell said. “I know that is really ambitious, but I have been doing so well I just think I should keep going.” On the Age-Graded Tables, his 2.05 is worth an open mark of 6.62 meters (21-8 3/4). Yowza! Congrats to Daddy Bell. Now someone please explain to me why M95 Orville Rogers didn’t win USATF Athlete of the Week after Landover indoor nationals after setting SIX world records.

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July 18, 2013

4 Responses

  1. Nadine O'Connor - July 19, 2013

    Bell’s record is impressive. But, even more astounding is the fact that he jumped 18 times at the meet. That takes a tremendous amount of energy–even for an open athlete.

    Congrats, Dr. Bell. You are our hero.

    Nadine and Buid

  2. Peter Hlavin - July 19, 2013

    Very impressive. Keep soaring… always!

  3. bf - July 19, 2013

    Outstanding. He has achieved “AG tables reviser”
    status!! (My guess… worth maybe 19’4 or so?)
    His son Earl did 19’3 in 1988, and set WR at 18’7 1/2 in 1976.

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