90-year-old pole vaulter

Dr. William Bell holds the world’s record in the pole vault for his age group. He trains three times a week at a facility operated by his son, former Olympic silver medal winner Earl Bell, in Arkansas, where two of the three U.S. competitors in pole vaulting also train.

Here he attempts to clear 7 feet 2 inches:

The BBC has an interesting report on Bell’s training facility and the curious fact that athletes very often tend to come from smaller towns. A Canadian study determined that more than half of U.S. pro football players come from small towns though the vast majority of Americans live in larger cities.

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