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BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships – Men’s Pole Vault Preview 20/04/2017

Reigning BUCS men’s pole vault champion, Harry Coppell will need to shake off stiff competition if he’s to retain his title when the BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships head to Bedford International Athletic Stadium from 29 April – 01 May.

At a windy 2016 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships, Harry Coppell won BUCS gold with a jump of 4.95m – nearly half a metre short of his best ever performance (5.42m).  His nearest competition, Adam Hague, Jack Phipps and Charlie Myers could only manage a clearance of 4.85m.  

Having won the silver medal at the previous two BUCS pole vault events (2016 BUCS Outdoors & 2017 BUCS Nationals), Adam Hague of Sheffield Hallam University will be hoping to go one step further and steal Harry Coppell’s title.  

Of the 27 athletes competing in the event, Adam boasts the strongest best ever performance with a 5.60m vault he completed at the Texas Relays in 2015. His most recent BUCS performance was a 5.30m vault which earned him a silver medal at BUCS Nationals earlier this year – 0.10m short of Charlie Myers’ gold medal-winning performance.   

Another likely challenger is Northumbria University athlete, Charlie Myers. Since the disappointment of a fourth place finish at last year’s event, Charlie has hit back by winning gold at BUCS Nationals back in February with an impressive 5.40m vault.

“We’re all really good friends. We compete with each other week in week out – I’ve known Adam [Hague] for years now. Even though there is a really good rivalry there, it’s kind of fun because we all support each other.

“At Outdoors I want to try and get 5.50m for the commonwealth standard,” says Charlie.

Bedford International Athletic Stadium will welcome 1,338 student-athletes across 53 events over the three days of the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Athletics Championships. In years gone by, Olympic and Paralympic athletes such as Adam Gemili, Isabel Pooley and Hannah Cockcroft have competed at the Championships, winning BUCS golds before going on to compete on the international stage.

Follow the 2017 BUCS Outdoor Championships from 29 April – 01 May live via Vinco Sport’s live stream, or on social media using the official event hashtag: #BUCSathletics. All pre-event information, including the competition timetable, can be found on the BUCS website

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