11 AUG 2005 General News Gold Medallist

Flash Interviews - Men Pole Vault Final

Gold MedallistRens BLOM NED
When I woke up this morning and saw what the weather was like I thought I had a good chance of doing well. Many of the top guys have problems with difficult conditions. This was really my day."

"This was a weird competition. Normally when heights are getting higher you change to harder poles. The wind changed quite a bit after 575 so I had to go back to a softer pole."

"At 5.65 I was so lucky, this has never happened to me. It's typical when I hit the bar even a little bit it comes down every time."

Silver Medallist - Brad WALKER USA
"It was a rough competition. I even had troubles with my opening height. Before my 3rd attempt at that height I said to myself that I deserved to make it. I was very glad when I cleared it. After those problems I finally end up in 2nd place, so I'm really happy."

"It was a hard day to jump. A lot of vaulters were out quite early because of the conditions."

Bronze Medallist - Pavel GERASIMOV RUS
"I feel tired now. Those were very difficult conditions. It was impossible to jump high today. It wasn't really about having a good technique but who had most guts."

"I am satisfied, this is my first medal. I have had so many injuries in last four years so I am happy I finally got a reward."

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