UW's Walker fails to clear height in pole vault final

UW's Walker fails to clear height in pole vault final

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US' Brad Walker competes in the men's pole vault final at the athletics event of the London 2012 Olympic Games on August 10, 2012 in London.

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by KING 5 News and Associated Press

KING5.com

Posted on August 10, 2012 at 2:22 PM

Updated Friday, Aug 10 at 3:31 PM

LONDON – University of Washington alum Brad Walker failed to clear a height Friday in the final of the men’s pole vault.

Walker skipped the minimum height of 5.50 meters and took his first shot at 5.65 meters.

He wasn’t close to clearing it on his first two attempts. On his third, he got over the bar and it looked like he was going to make it. But on his way down, his thigh brushed against the bar. It was enough to cause the bar to come down with him.

Walker grabbed the bar and tossed it away in anger, then put his hands up and acknowledged the crowd.

A similar fate befell Walker in Beijing in 2008. The difference was that he failed to clear a height in prelims and never made it to the final.

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Renaud Lavillenie of France won the gold medal Friday with an Olympic record jump of 5.97 meters.

Lavillenie, the world indoor champion, has been the dominant pole vaulter in 2012.

Bjoern Otto earned silver on a countback from German teammate Raphael Holzdeppe after both cleared 5.91 meters. Holzdeppe had more missed attempts than Otto during the final.

KING 5's Travis Pittman contributed to this report

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