PORTLAND, Ore. – The world’s best pole vaulters will perform under their own spotlight at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships at the Oregon Convention Center in Portland on March 17.
To celebrate the 100-day out milestone of this historic event, we’ll shine our own spotlight on the pole vault at a Media Availability on Tuesday, Dec. 8 in room D-133 at the Oregon Convention Center at 3 p.m.
Our special guests will be Portland Mayor Charlie Hales, TrackTown USA President Vin Lananna and a representative of the IAAF.
In addition, we’ll unveil the first official images of the 200-meter banked oval track to be used at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships, reveal plans for six high school 4×400-meter relays to be held in conjunction with the four-day meet, and show off what the Portland 2016 commemorative ticket packages will look like for those who have already purchased their all-session passes.
This will be the first time in nearly 30 years that the IAAF World Indoor Championships will be held on U.S. soil, and only the second time since the inaugural event was contested in Indianapolis in 1987.
The men’s and women’s pole vault-only competition will open the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships on Thursday, March 17 at 7:05 p.m. The world’s top 12 male and female pole vaulters will alternate jumps as they compete for medals and prize money on separate runways.University of Oregon alum and OTC Elite’s Eaton prefaced his historic decathlon world record at the 2012 Olympic Team Trials with a men’s indoor heptathlon world record just four months prior.
With seats right on top of the action, this will be a once-in-a-lifetime chance for fans to see these elite pole vaulters perform.
Among those expected to compete are France’s world record-holder Renaud Lavillenie, one of only two men to clear 20 feet; Canada’s reigning world champion Shawn Barber, a 2015 finalist for The Bowerman; American women’s record-holder Jenn Suhr, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist; and 2015 women’s world champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba.Who will claim the headline performance in Portland in 2016?
It promises to be an unforgettable night.