Miles Fails to Advance in Olympic Pole Vault Competition




LONDON (AP) – Three-time Olympian and South Dakota assistant coach Derek Miles concluded pole vault competition at the 2012 Summer Olympic Games in London on Wednesday. Miles, who has been slowed in recent months by a painful Achilles injury, did not qualify for the finals during Wednesday’s pole vault preliminaries.  The injury has affected Miles’ training leading up to the Olympics. During Wednesday’s competition he was unable to clear the opening height.  Despite the tough day on Wednesday, Miles , a 1996 USD graduate and current assitant track and field coach at USD, has been one of the most successful pole vaulters in the United States – and the world — over the past decade. He qualified for the Olympics three times, placing a career-best fourth in Beijing in 2008. He has been ranked No. 1 in the United States in the pole vault four times and is a three-time U.S. National Champion.

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