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Record-breakers

Michael Dwyer/Associated Press

I MAY be one of the few people to see both the first American woman to vault over 16 feet indoors and the first man to do so ( “Suhr pole vaults to third record in Boston,’’ Sports, Feb. 5).

Last Saturday night, I was pleased to witness the accomplishment of Jenn Suhr at the New Balance Indoor Grand Prix at the Reggie Lewis Center. When I was a teenager, John Uelses vaulted over 16 feet at an indoor meet in New York City in 1962, but an overly excited onlooker - an intrusive photographer, I recall - knocked into the equipment and threw off the crossbar before it could be remeasured. Since they could not ascertain the height, the official record was not broken that particular night, through no fault of the vaulter himself.

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The next day, at a meet in Boston, Uelses did indeed have his cherished record, the vaulting equivalent of breaking the 4 minute mile.

I hope that in this Olympic year you will continue and expand your coverage of track and field and the dramatic moments it encompasses.

Robert Smith

Andover

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