Sport: Track & Field

Hoff. Charles Hoff, with a vaulting pole in his hand, paced down a runway in Madison Square Garden. Already he had cleared the bar at 11 ft., 11 ft. 6 in., 12 ft., 12 ft. 6 in., and it had been announced that he would try for a super-world's record of 13 ft. 6 in. He took one stride, two strides on the runway, then came a splintering crash, he lurched sideways, went sprawling into the landing pit. A board had broken under his foot. He arose, limped to...

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