Second Time The Charm For Washington’s Olympic Pole Vaulter?
A pole vaulter with roots in Seattle and Spokane hopes the second time will be the charm at the Olympics. Brad Walker secured a return trip to the Summer Games with a first place finish at the U.S. Track and Field Trials in Eugene Thursday night. Back in 2008, the former University of Washington Husky set a new American record, qualified for the Olympic team, but then didn’t clear a single height at the Beijing Olympics. Walker says he wants “redemption” very badly this summer.
Walker: “I’ll never forget the Beijing experience. You know, that’s not something I want to forget, quite frankly. It is motivating. I do know what to expect – expect the unexpected sort of thing.”
Walker cleared a height of 18 feet, 7 and a quarter inches under windy conditions at Eugene’s Hayward Field. A more recent University of Washington grad, Scott Roth, placed third in the pole vault competition. That should’ve been good for an Olympic berth for him too. But Roth has not met the London Olympic minimum standard in competition this year, so he’s out of luck.
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