Sport: On to 17 Feet

When he turns out in uniform of the day for his regular chores, Corporal John Uelses (pronounced Yule-cess), U.S.M.C., is a run-of-the-regiment marine. When he strips to his skivvies and turns out for a track meet, the dark, handsome, Berlinborn pole vaulter is the pride of the corps. Last month in Washington, he hoisted himself 15 ft. 10ΒΌ in. and broke Don Bragg's world indoor record. Fortnight ago in Manhattan, he became the first pole vaulter in history to clear 16 ft. (TIME, Feb. 9). Last week Uelses issued an open challenge: "I'll compete...

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