Miles denied medal at Olympics University of South Dakota alum Derek Miles was denied a medal at the 2008 Olympics, finishing fourth in the menâ�?�?s pole vault Friday evening, April 22. After being one of just three vaulters to clear the opening height of 17-10 1/2 (5.45 meters) on his first attempt â�?�? three others passed â�?�? Miles needed all three attempts to clear 18-4 1/2 (5.6 meters). Miles cleared 18-8 1/2 (5.7 meters) on his second attempt, then passed 18-10 1/2 (5.75 meters) to 19-0 1/2 (5.8 meters). Entering the height ranked third among the remaining five vaulters, he slipped into fourth after Austrailiaâ�?�?s Steve Hooker cleared the mark on his final attempt. Hooker cleared 5.90 meters (19-4 1/4) on his third attempt in Friday nightâ�?�?s final, immediately after world indoors champion Yevgeniy Lukyanenko of Russia had failed at his last attempt on the same height and took silver at 5.85 (19-2 1/4). Hooker cleared 5.96 (19-6 1/2) after clinching the gold medal, beating the Olympic record by 1 centimeter (a half inch). Denys Yurchenko of Ukraine cleared 5.70 (18-8 1/4) and still was eligible at greater heights but withdrew with an injury and settled for bronze.
By David Lias For most people in Vermillion, Cheryl Miller and Pamella Jackson have been merely images on newsprint. The … Read Article