Brad Walker (pole vaulter)
Walker at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
|Born||June 21, 1981|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Weight||86 kg (190 lb)|
|Updated on 11 August 2012.|
Walker attended University High School in Spokane, Washington and competed in football and track and field. In track, Walker was coached by Reg Hulbert and won All-Greater Spokane League honors following his senior season. Walker graduated from University High School in 1999 with a 3.89 GPA.
Collegiate and professional career
Walker attended the University of Washington, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity. While there, he became NCAA indoor pole vault champion twice and four-time NCAA All-American under Coach Pat Licari. In 2005 he became both indoor and outdoor National Champion.
Perhaps not among the favorites in the 2005 World Championships, Walker nonetheless won the silver medal with 5.75. Two weeks later in Rieti he set a new personal best of 5.96. In 2006 he won the World Indoor Championships in Moscow with a jump of 5.80meters. In July 2006, at Jockgrim, Germany, Brad Walker, cleared 6 meters, the best performance of the year, in a pole vault competition. He won the gold in the world championships on 1 September 2007. On 8 June 2008 Walker jumped in Eugene to a new personal and American record with 6.04. Walker qualified for the 2008 Olympics, but failed to clear a height in the preliminary rounds.
- Kirby Lee for the IAAF. "American record 6.04m for Walker". Retrieved 2008-06-09.
- Morse, Parker (2009-06-28). World season leads for Demus and Merritt as team takes shape in Eugene - USA Champs, Day 3. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-06-30.
| Men's Pole Vault Best Year Performance
2006 – 2008