Wolfgang Ritte adds to pole vault legend with M65 WR in Madrid

Here’s how you conserve energy, folks.

Germany’s Wolfgang “Masters Bubka” Ritte set his latest pole vault record this week in Madrid at the Eurovets indoor championships (see results here), having no misses through an M65 WR 3.96 (12-11 3/4) before missing three tries at 4.00 (13-1 1/2). He beat the listed WR of 3.86 (12-8) by American John Altendorf at the Reno summit in 2013. With 4,000 entrants, the meet ending Saturday has 4 million stories, I’m sure. Other world records reported include W70 800 and 3000 by Britain’s Angela Copson. (3:00.67 and 12:49.26), although she has faster clockings this season of 2:58.03 and 12:37.45). “She unwound the four laps with an aesthetic run and admirable lightness,” the Eurovets site reports. We’ve learned of M60 high jump WR. Lemme know of any others.

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March 23, 2018

4 Responses

  1. Wolfgang Ritte - March 24, 2018

    Hello Ken,
    Thank you for the nice words.
    Best regards (also to my friends in the USA)
    Wolfgang Ritte

  2. Weia Reinboud - March 24, 2018

    Congratulations Wolfgang!

  3. Tom Phillips - March 27, 2018

    Here’s the link from the Eurovets site of Meeting, European and World Records:


    As Ken points out, some are not as good as some other performances earlier this year that have not been ratified.


  4. Ken Stone - April 2, 2018

    WMA post by Bridget Cushen is good summary of records and other Eurovets meet highlights:

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