First sentence ...
It is a well-known fact that pole vault performances depend largely on the grip height and the run-up speed. In the following text Soviet experts describe a planting action claimed to improve the final acceleration and to allow for a higher grip on the pole.
Personally, I don't really know what they're talking about. What they describe is quite foreign to me ... not because it's written by Soviets , but because it doesn't say anything about running with the pole vertically, then dropping it weightlessly THRU THE ENTIRE PLANT. Maybe what they describe is close to how I planted, or maybe they're talking about something completely different ... I don't really know.
They say ...
... In the new planting variation the vaulter’s right hand (top hand on the pole) bends in the elbow joint and, with the wrist moving close to the shoulder, forces the lower end of the pole down. The left hand, placed chest high, is moved under the pole to create a fulcrum for the pole rotation. Athletes, who use this planting action, accelerate faster prior to the takeoff, can grip higher on the pole ...
That really doesn't describe the action in sufficient detail to really know what they mean. I guess I need to see it to understand it. Maybe someone else can interpret this description? I can't, and it's not due to a poor Russian translation, the explanation just seems to be too sparse.
There's some nice tables that compare runway speed, grip, and PRs of Bubka, Gatulin, and other Russian vaulters. If nothing else, this data is interesting and might be of value re our current "Push off" discussion. I know Pogo loves data ... and technical papers!
Since the main topic of this paper is the "Plant", I'm creating this new thread. Surprisingly, I searched 20 pages back (more than a year back) thru the Advanced Forum, and found no similar topic. You'd think that there's more than one way to plant a pole, and you'd think we'd have discussed this important vault part (as a main topic, rather than as a sub-topic of a different topic) by now.
Perhaps we can discuss anything specific to advanced "Plant" technique on this thread?
But I'm not even sure that the paper I've cited even qualifies for this thread by that criteria. Is the way they describe it the way EVERYONE plants ... since 1989? Or all they all wet?