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First 15 footer? 16 footer?

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:13 am
by Vault Chick
Hey, does anyone know who the first 15-foot and 16-foot vaulters were, and what year did these happen? (preferably any time in the 1960's) Any info is helpful! Thanx!

Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 1:35 am
by vaultman18
15' Dutch Warmerdam (US) 1940
16' John Uelses (US)1962
17' John Pennel (US) 1963
18' Chris Papanicolaou (Germany) 1970


Posted: Thu Feb 01, 2007 11:26 am
by Vault Chick
Thank you so much!! This really helps a lot for a little project I'm doing!

Posted: Thu Dec 27, 2007 9:43 pm
by Russ
Christos Papanicolau is Greek, not German.

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 12:11 pm
by 2-15-46
Warmerdam on bamboo
Uelses on fiberglass at the Easter Relays in Santa Barbara, Ca.

First at 15 and 16

Posted: Fri Dec 28, 2007 8:46 pm
by drcurran
You have the right people, but I believe John Uelses first cleared 16" at the Melrose Games in New York. If I remember the story he actually cleared 16' in Phila at the Inquirer Games but the press rushed the pit to get a picture and knocked the bar down before it could be remeasured (back them I believe records had to be measured before and after the attempt), so Uelses went up to "The Garden" the next night (Feb 2, 1962) and did it again. At least that is the story I remember.


Posted: Thu Mar 20, 2008 3:44 pm
by higherflyer
What about
Stacey Dragila first woman at 15-00.75 (6-20-1999 at the age of 28)
Svetlana Feofanova first woman at 16- (7-04-2004 at 23 years old)

Re: First 15 footer? 16 footer?

Posted: Thu Oct 29, 2009 2:59 pm
by BobInReno
The First 18 foot Vaulter was indeed Chris Papaniculou (Sorry Can't spell his name) But he was from Greese not Germany...