Men’s Pole Vaulting World Record Progression

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  1. If you were wondering why Bubka seemed to only be able to break his a record a little bit at a time, it was because he was a great economist. Nike paid him a bonus every time he broke the record, and since he wasn’t making MJ money from Nike it made the most sense to barely break it and stop competing in an individual event. More info on this here: https://www.theguardian.com/sport/the-balls-of-wrath/2015/feb/16/strange-evolution-pole-vault-world-record-bubka-lavillenie

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    1. I had always heard it was the Soviets that gave him a bonus for breaking the record, so he maximized the frequency. Maybe Nike stepped in when they ran out of money. Either way, he’s my kind of economist. Specifically, the sort that flings themselves over great heights with a fiberglass pole.

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