Olympic silver medalist, Chris Nilsen went over six meters for the first time today, in the Tourcoing, France meeting that was called the Golden pole vault special meeting. Chris cleared the 6.02m on his first attempt, and now is part of the elusive six meter club.
Chris Nilsen took the American indoors record from Sam Kendricks, the 2019 & 2917 WC and 2016 Olympic Olympic bronze medalist.
Congrats to Chris Nilsen on this exciting clearance! Chris, as you know, was the 2021 US Olympic Trials champion and 2021 Olympic silver medalist. He is starting 2022 off quite well!
Chris Nilsen, 2021 U.S. Olympic Trials, photo by Kevin Morris / @kevmofoto
Nilsen 602 NR, Zhuk 477 NR/WL
TOURCOING (FRA, Feb 5): US Olympic silver medalist Chris Nilsen for first time in his career cleared six meters. At the Golden Pole Vault special meet he went over 602 in first attempt, also US indoor record. It was his 6th jump of the evening, he got in first also previous five heights (554, 564, 574, 581 and 592). Second all-time great Renaud Lavillenie opened the season with 581. Third Matt Ludwig also 581. Next three jumpers went over 574 in the order: Ethan Cormont, Alioune Sene PB and Menno Vloon. Belarus Iryna Zhuk won women with 477 national record and World lead. Behind her Margot Chevrier 454 PB and Chinese Xu Huiqin also 454. European Indoor champion Angelica Moser was 5th in a tie 444.