Sergei Bubka broke his own world record and surpassed the 20-foot barrier in the pole vault for the second time in four days Tuesday at a meet in his hometown of Donetsk.
Soviet television reported that Bubka cleared 20 feet, 1/2 inch."He jumped it nicely and easily," a television announcer said. The feat came during a Festival of Pole Vaulting organized by Bubka himself to bring the world's best vaulters to his home town of Donetsk.
Bubka, 27, became the first man in history to vault 20 feet on Saturday in a meet at San Sebastian, Spain. The scoreboard at Anoeta Pavilion actually read 6.10 meters, another in a long list of world records for Bubka but unspectacular in terms of milestones.
It was in the United States, which still uses measurements of feet and inches, that the jump became historic.
"I'm happy because this is going to get a lot of attention in America," Bubka said then. "This is a gift to the United States."
Bubka's old mark was 19-111/2 set in Volgograd on Feb. 9, and Bubka had tried twice in a week to break the 20-foot mark before doing it in Spain.
Bubka failed at 20 feet three times a week ago Saturday at the World Indoor Championships in Seville. Before his record-breaking streak, Bubka also held the indoor mark at 19-101/2.