BUSAN, South Korea – On Sunday the 25th of April, Busan’s Yongdusan Park will be the venue for an international pole vault competition. This International Association of Atheletics Federation sanctioned event will feature some of the world's top pole vaulters such as Lucas Blake and Vicky Parnov of Austraila, as well local Busan talent, Min Seop Jin and Eun-ji Lim.
Hosting the international event bodes well for Busan as it works hard to establish itself as a viable venue for international competition.
A few years back Busan was attempting to win the bid for the 2020 Summer Olympic Games, but Pyongchang, Korea, in their third bid for the winter games, won the rights to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, thus eliminating Busan –since one country is not permitted to host consecutive Olympics events.
The Busan international athletic department went back to the drawing board and worked on pushing the city as a worthy host for international meets.
Busan has already begun to stage annual international sporting events in Soccer (The Peace Cup), Tennis (Challenger Tour), Sailing (World Match Race) and Volleyball (IBK) to name a few. The city hopes that with the addditon of the pole vaulting championships, its international credibility as a sports venue will be enhanced.
The International Pole Vault Championships, will be a daylong sporting event featuring thirty-five of the world’s top pole vaulters. Starting at ten in the morning, competitors will battle it out over the following seven hours for the right to be crowned Pole Vaulting Champion of Busan.
Schedule of events:
Women – 10am to 1pm
Men – 2pm to 5pm
Yongdusan Park in Nampodong
Australian Vicky Parnov, 20, holds the world record in the under-20 division with a best of 4.40m.