Emma George in New Zealand, 21 February 1998 (Getty Images) © Copyright
Iaaf News Monaco

The Year of Women Pole Vaulters

The International Amateur Athletic Federation (IAAF) has ratified six world records for the women’s pole vault.

At the beginning of 1998 the world indoor record for women’s pole vault stood at 4.40 metres - jointly owned by Emma George (AUS) and Stacey Dragila (USA) - but in a frenzy of activity that mark was improved no fewer than 11 times by five different athletes* in the space of three months.

One of these record breaking athletes, Emma George, took advantage of her native Australia’s Southern Hemisphere location to also break the outdoor world record during Europe’s winter season.

The current world record of 4.59 represents George’s third successful record attempt outdoors this year and her fifth in total.

Ratified world records:

4.55Emma GeorgeAUSAdelaideMarch 26 1998
4.50Emma GeorgeAUSAdelaideMarch 26 1998
4.47Emma GeorgeAUS AdelaideMarch 7 1998
4.44Vala FlosadottirISLEkilstunaFebruary 14 1998
4.59Emma GeorgeAUS BrisbaneMarch 21 1998
4.58Emma GeorgeAUSMelbourneMarch 14 1998

*The other record breakers were: Stacy Dragila, Daniela Bartova and Anzhela Balakhonova

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