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Pole Vaulter Donovan Kilmartin, 16' 6" Pole Vault
2003 High School Arcadia Invitational Champion
Compared to Sergey Bubka World Record Holder
with Biomechanical Analysis
for Kilmartin sequence photos.
by Advantage Athletics
Pole Vault by Advantage Athletics can increase your ability to coach or
for the pole vault. The sequence photos of pole vaulting and pole
vault drills with an explanation of proper technique will enhance your pole
vault knowledge and form. The exercises for weightlifting, running, sprinting,
throwing and jumping will help develop form, balance, technique, flexibility,
speed, strength and power.
|| Bubka's head shoulders and
hips stay in a vertical plane during the plant and take off.
Bubka's head goes under the bottom hand. Bubka's bottom hand
does not stop the shoulders from moving forward. Kilmartin
is already blocking the forward momentum of his shoulders with his
bottom arm. This causes the hips to swing too early.
It also causes the lower back to absorb all the force of the pole
striking the box. Bubka's shoulders absorb a lot of the
force of the pole hitting the box.
|| Kilmartin pushes his
shoulders back with his bottom arm forcing the hips in front of
the shoulders too soon in the vault. Bubka's head goes under
his bottom hand. Kilmartin's hips have already swung.
Bubka is in a position to swing his hips then his trail leg
creating a bigger whip of the body to full extension.
|| Kilmartin kicks out and
down with his lead foot. This nullifies the affect of the
tap or downswing of the trail foot. Bubka keeps his lead
knee in a horizontal position in front of the hips and lead foot
directly under that with no emphasis of kicking it out.
|| Bubka drives his trail foot
down while holding his lead knee in position. Bubka is
keeping his head in line with his torso. Kilmartin is
holding his head forward.
|| The affect of kicking out
his lead foot earlier in the vault, Kilmartin's body is too
horizontal when his top hand, shoulders, hips and trail foot come
in line. Bubka has a fully extended body from top hand to
trail foot. Kilmartin has many angles in his body.
Bubka's fully extended body has a bigger potential for counter
force against the pole to keep the pole bent and rolling over the
box while inverting his body.
|| Kilmartin by swinging too
far in front of his pole causes his body and shoulders to get too
close to the pole. Bubka keeps his shoulders away from the
pole while swinging his legs up.
|| Bubka keeps his trail leg
straight while approaching the top hand.
|| Bubka's top hand does not
pass the shoulders. Kilmartin never gets his shoulders under
his hips and feet.
|| Bubka's body is in line
with the push of the pole. Kilmartin's body is out of line
with the push of the pole. Kilmartin is forcing his
shoulders up the runway side of the pole. This forces his
feet down the other side. This causes a teeter-totter
|| Bubka's pole stays in place
while pulling, turning and pushing. Kilmartin's pole
moves forward and back while he pulls, turns and pushes.
|| Bubka keeps his support
under him when pushing off the pole. Kilmartin is throwing
his pole toward the runway.
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