Monday, 08 September 2008

Miles clears 5.85m in front of Brandenburg Gate - Berlin 2009

Derek Miles vaults with Brandenburg Gate in the background  (Getty Images)

Derek Miles vaults with Brandenburg Gate in the background (Getty Images)

Berlin, Germany – In their latest promotion of the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics, Berlin, Germany (15 – 23 August 2009), the Local Organising Committee staged a Pole Vault competition in front of the Brandenburg Gate in the German capital on Sunday (7).

At Berlin’s most famous landmark, US champion Derek Miles, 35, was in top form. The American, who had taken fourth place in Beijing, cleared 5.85m at his second attempt. It was his outdoor personal best by 4cm, and matched his overall PB which he jumped indoors at Donetsk in February 2005.

Miles, had three unsuccessful tries at 5.90m, having been the only competitor left at 5.85m. Leonid Andreyev (Uzbekistan) had failed at 5.70m. He was second with a clearance of 5.55m, while Jeff Hartwig (USA) took third with the same height and Germany’s Lars Börgeling jumped 5.40m for fourth place.

At the promotional event it was announced that 150,000 tickets have been already been sold for next summer’s championships.

Larry Eder and Jörg Wenig for the IAAF

Click here to go to the Berlin 2009 Local Organising Committee website