1962 — Utilizing a fiberglass pole, John Uelses turns into the primary man to vault greater than 16 toes, indoors or out. Uelses, a Marine Corps corporal, clears 16¼ in the course of the Millrose Video games at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York.
John Uelses, German-born Marine from Quantico, VA., embraces the peak signal for pole vault after clearing 16 toes ¼ inch in the course of the Millrose Video games in New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard on Feb. 2, 1962. Uelses was the primary pole vaulter in historical past to clear 16 toes. (AP Photograph)