Wolfgang Ritte (60) begins potential record rampage with WR vault



 Wolfgang Ritte (60) begins potential record rampage with WR vault

So it begins. Germany’s Wolfgang “Wolfie” Ritte has been a world champ and world record holder in the vault for years. Now he’s added to his legend with an M60 WR in the vault of 4.11 meters (13-5 3/4) in his first outdoor meet of the year, according to World Masters Athletics. He turned 60 in January. WMA says: “During the indoor-season Ritte … failed to better the indoor record of John Altendorf (Kamloops, 2010). However at the first outdoor competition (1 May) the German pole vaulter … improved the old record of Altendorf (USA) by seven centimeters.” It was a family affair at Wipperfürth: Ritte’s W60 wife, Ute, jumped 2.61 (8-6 3/4) and his M30 son Thomas cleared 4.81 (15-9 1/4). Here’s the video, posted on Eurovets site. On the Age-Graded Tables, Wolfie’s 4.11 is worth a 6.07 as an open mark — 19-11. And the season is young.  (courtesy www.masterstrack.com)

Wolfie clears M60 WR 4.11 in May 1 meet where homes overlook vault.
Wolfie clears M60 WR 4.11 in May 1 meet where homes overlook vault.

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