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Brad Walker

Brad Walker

Event: Pole Vault
Height: 6-2
Weight: 185
PR: 6.04m/19-9.75AR (2008)
Born: 06/21/1981
Current Residence: Mountlake Terrace, Wash.
Hometown: Spokane, Wash.
High School: University (Spokane, Wash.) HS '99
College: Washington '03
Coach: Pat Lacari
Agent: Peter Stubbs
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Club: New York Athletic Club (NYAC)
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USA Championships
Five-time USA Outdoor champion – 2005 (5.75m/18-10.25); 2007 (5.70m/18-8.25); 2009 (5.75m/18-10.25); 2012 (5.67m/18-7.25); 2013 (5.65/18-6.5)
Four-time USA Indoor champion – 2005 (5.65m/18-6.5); 2006 (5.75m/18-10.25); 2008 (5.70m/18-08.25); 2012 (5.86m/19-2.75)
 
International Championships
2007 World Outdoor gold medalist (5.86m/19-2.75)
2006 World Indoor gold medalist (5.80m/19-0.25)
2008 World Indoor silver medalist (5.85m/19-2.50)
2005 World Outdoor silver medalist (5.75m/18-10.25)
2012 World Indoor bronze medalist (5.80m/19-0.25)
 
Collegiate Championships
Two-time NCAA Indoor champion – 2003 (5.80m/19-0.25); 2004 (5.70m/18-8.25)
Two-time PAC-10 champion – 2002 (5.50m/18-0.5); 2003 (5.55m/18-2.50)
 
Awards and Honors
American outdoor record holder (6.04m/19-9.75)
 
About Brad
The 2013 season saw Walker claim his second consecutive -- and fifth overall -- USA Outdoor Championship gold. One of the best in the world for many years, Brad Walker currently holds the American outdoor record in the pole vault, set in 2008 at the Nike Prefontaine Classic with his clearance of 6.04m/19-9.75, which was also the top clearance in the world that year. The five-time World Championships medalist won the 2006 USA Indoor men’s pole vault title, but faced a great deal of adversity at the World Indoor Championships in Moscow when he fell and hit his head outside the pit during a practice attempt prior to the qualifying round. He went on to qualify for the final and won it with a clutch seasonal best clearance of 5.80m/19-0.25 on his third attempt at that height. "I understated how fast I was moving on the runway during warm-ups and I rotated into the pit and went off to the side," said Walker of his mishap. "My feet and legs hit the pit and threw my back and head onto the track and I hit my head. The lights went out for a while and I got back up and qualified. I had a little bit of a whiplash.” He was a recipient of the Pac-10 Medal, awarded to the top male and female student-athletes at each Pac-10 institution. He captured the NCAA indoor pole vault title with a vault of 5.80m/19-0.25 that was nearly nine inches beyond his nearest competitor, and equaled the winning mark at the 2003 IAAF World Indoor Championships. Walker became the first athlete in Pac-10 history to clear 19 feet, breaking by three inches the previous Pac-10 record of 5.72m/18-9.25 set by Stanford's Toby Stevenson in 2000. In outdoor competition in 2003 he saw his bid for an NCAA Championships double dashed by broken hand just days prior to the NCAA West Regional meet. He is regarded as Washington's best vaulter since Brian Sternberg, who in 1963 broke the world record twice before injuring himself in a training accident. As a prep star he led University High to consecutive state track and field championships in 1998 and 1999. He also lettered in football and was a business administration major.
Results
2014:
5th place in the Pole Vault at the Prefontaine Classic (5.53m/18-1 23/32); 4th place Lausanne (5.62m/ 18ft 5 17⁄64in);
2013: 4th at World Outdoor (5.82m/19-1) 6th at London (5.60m/18-4.5); 2nd at Monaco (5.78m/18-11.5); 5th at Paris (5.60m/18-4.5); 5th at Lausanne (5.52/18-1.25); USA Outdoor champion (5.65/18-6.5); 5th at Prefontaine (5.61/18.4.75); NH at Tokyo; 2nd at Drake (5.61/18.4.75); 8th at USA Indoors (5.35m/17-6.5)
2012: Didn't clear a height in Olympic final; Olympic Trials champion (5.67m/18-7.25); 4th at Shanghai (5.55m/18-2.5); 1st at Chula Vista OTC Pre-Olympic Series (5.72m/18-9.25); 6th at Lausanne (5.70m/18-8.25); World Indoor bronze medalist (5.80m/19-0.25); USA Indoor champion (5.86m/19-2.75); 1st at Reno Pole Vault Summit (5.80m/19-0.25); 1st at Albuquerque UNM Invitational (5.70m/18-8.25);
2011: 2nd at adidas Grand Prix (5.52/18-1.25); No height at USA Indoors and Outdoors; 1st at New York adidas Grand Prix (5.52m/18-1.25); 1st at Chula Vista OTC Invitational (5.78m/18-11.5); 1st at Seattle UW Final Qualifier (5.58m/18-3.75)
2010: 6th at Berlin (5.61m/18-4.75); 4th at London (5.51m/18-1)
2009: USA Outdoor champion (5.75m/18-10.25); 2nd at Monaco (5.80m/19-0.25)
2008: 3rd at Olympic Trials (5.65m/18-06.50); cleared no height during Olympic Games qualifying; World Indoor Champs silver medalist (5.85m/19-2.50); 1st at Prefontaine Classic (6.04m/19-9.75AR); USA Indoor champ (5.70m/18-08.25)
2007: World Outdoor champion (5.86m/19-2.75); USA Outdoor champion (5.70m/18-8.25); Millrose Games champion (5.80m/19-0.25); 4th at Monaco (5.77m/18-11.25); 1st at Brisbane (5.95m/19-6.25); 1st at Perth (5.92m/19-5); 1st at Lausanne (5.91m/19-4.75)
2006: World Indoor Champ (5.80m/19-0.25); USA Indoor champion (5.75m/18-10.25); 1st at Jockgrim (6.00m/19-8.25); 2nd at Nike Prefontaine Classic (5.50m/18-0.5); 3rd at Golden Gala (5.72m/18-9.25)
2005: World Outdoor silver medalist (5.75m/18-10.25); USA Outdoor Champion (5.75m/18-10.25); USA Indoor champ (5.65m/18-6.5); 1st at Paris (5.80m/19-0.25); 1st at Sheffield (5.90m/19-4.25); 1st at Rieti (5.96m/19-6.5)
2004: 6th at Olympic Trials (5.75m/18-10.25); NCAA Indoor champ (5.70m/18-8.25); 2nd at Phoenix (5.82m/19-1)
2003: NCAA Indoor champ (5.80m/19-0.25); Pac-10 Outdoor champ(5.55m/18-2.50); injured, did not compete at NCAA Outdoors
2002: 2nd at NCAA Outdoors (5.55m/18-2.50); Pac-10 Outdoor champ (5.50m/18-0.5)
2001: Tied for 12th at NCAA Indoors; no-height at Pac-10 Outdoors
2000: 6th at Pac-10 Outdoors
 
USA/World Rankings and Personal Bests
2013: 
Indoor Bests - 5.50/18-½ (No. 13 in the USA); Outdoor bests - Pole Vault, 5.83/19-1½ (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the World, ranked No. 6 in the World by T&FN)
2012: Indoor bests – 5.86m/19-2.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.90m/19-4.25 (No. 1 in the USA by T&FN, No. 5 in the world, ranked No. 9 in the world by T&FN)
2011: Indoor bests – 5.58m/18-3.75 (No. 4 in the USA, No. 26 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.84m/19-2 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 6 in the world, ranked No. 4 in the USA by T&FN)
2010: Outdoor bests – 5.61m/18-4.75 (No. 6 in the USA, No. 30 in the world, ranked No. 8 in the USA by T&FN)
2009: Outdoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 6 in the world, ranked No. 3 in the USA by T&FN)
2008: Indoor bests – 5.85m/19-2.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world); Outdoor bests – 6.04m/19-9.75 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the USA & ranked No. 4 in the world by T&FN)
2007: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 7 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.95m/19-6.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2006: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 6 in the world); Outdoor bests – 6.0m/19-8.25 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 1 in the world, ranked No. 2 in the world by T&FN)
2005: Indoor bests – 5.83m/19-1.5 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.96m/19-6.5 (No. 1 in the USA, No. 2 in the world, ranked No. 1 in the world by T&FN)
2004: Indoor bests – 5.70m/18-8.25 (No. 7 in the USA, No. 23 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.82m/19-1 (ranked No. 5 in the USA by T&FN)
2003: Indoor bests – 5.80m/19-0.25 (No. 2 in the USA, No. 5 in the world); Outdoor bests – 5.65m/18-6.5 (No. 8 in the USA, No. 36 in the world, ranked No. 7 in the USA by T&FN)
2002: Outdoor bests – 5.64m/18-6 (No. 11 in the USA, No. 36 in the world, ranked No. 10 in the USA by T&FN)
2001: Outdoor bests – 5.48m/17-11.75
2000: Outdoor bests – 5.12m/16-9.5
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