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Hartwig Breaks U.S. Pole Vault Mark

February 27, 1999

ATLANTA (AP) _ Jeff Hartwig broke his American indoor record in the pole vault, clearing 19 feet, 5 inches, on his third and final attempt in the USA Championships at the Georgia Dome on Saturday.

Hartwig’s performance surpassed the mark of 19-4 3/4 he set last month in Reno, Nev.

One other American, Billy Olson, has vaulted higher than Hartwig indoors, but his leap of 19-5 1/2 in East Rutherford, N.J., in 1986 was not approved.