Tuesday 19 February 2019

WATCH: Incredible moment man pole vaults to new heights from electric skateboard

Rachel Farrell

Rachel Farrell

Captured by pole vault coach Scott Simpson, Baptiste Boire can be seen using an electric skateboard to launch himself into the air and over the pole.

According to Simpson, the French man reached 6.17 metres- just one metre higher than the record for pole vaulting without a skateboard.

The record for the highest men's pole vault currently belongs to French athlete Renaud Lavillenie, who hit 6.16m on 15 February 2014.

"He is getting asked more and more to travel the world and do this at events as part of the entertainment element at those events," Simpson told Independent.ie.

"He has improved from jumping around 5.00m three or four years ago, to now jumping higher than the best ever vault without the skateboard, 6.17m against 6.16m by Renaud Lavillenie of France."

The skateboard Boire used is electric and controlled by remote which is operated by his wife, Simpson says.

He explains that the stunt is "exhibition" style and is becoming more and more popular in the sport and entertainment industry.

"This is an 'exhibition' type stunt that is becoming very entertaining and made popular by Baptiste in France," Simpson said.

"I personally think it is fantastic for the sport and has the potential to attract more fans as we bridge the gap between traditional sport and the entertainment industry, which is becoming more and more important in the modern era."

While the skateboard may help athletes like Baptiste Boire reach new heights, Simpson believes it won't replace traditional pole vaulting.

"We must look at new and innovative ways to engage young people and this could be a small part of that - it has elements of the X-Games about it," he said.

"However, it should not and cannot replace the traditional sport of athletics (pole vault) and all that that entails."

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