Emma George

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Emma George (born 1 November 1974 in Beechworth, Victoria) is a former Australian pole vaulter. She set twelve world records in a row in the late nineties, but she lost the record on 26 May 2000 to Stacy Dragila and was unable to recapture it. She was previously a trapeze artist in The Flying Fruit Fly Circus.[1][2] She was coached by world-renowned coach Mark Stewart, who also led Steve Hooker to Olympic gold.

George suffered a fall while training for the 1999 Seville Championships. She then underwent a number of operations on her back before finally announcing her retirement in 2003.[3]

World records[edit]

  • 4.25 m - Melbourne, Australia 30 November 1995
  • 4.28 m - Perth, Australia 17 December 1995
  • 4.30 m - Perth, Australia 28 January 1996
  • 4.41 m - Perth, Australia 28 January 1996
  • 4.42 m - Reims, France 29 June 1996
  • 4.45 m - Sapporo, Japan 14 July 1996
  • 4.50 m - Melbourne, Australia 8 February 1997
  • 4.55 m - Melbourne, Australia 20 February 1997
  • 4.57 m - Auckland, New Zealand 20 February 1998
  • 4.58 m - South Melbourne, Australia 14 March 1998
  • 4.59 m - Brisbane, Australia 21 March 1998
  • 4.60 m - Sydney, Australia 20 February 1999

Achievements[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Australia
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 4.35 m
Universiade Catania, Italy 1st 4.40 m
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 2nd 4.30 m
Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 1st 4.20 m
1999 World Indoor Championships Maebashi, Japan 6th 4.35 m
World Championships Seville, Spain 14th 4.15 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 15th (q) 4.25 m

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Records
Preceded by
China Sun Caiyun
Women's Pole Vault World Record Holder
30 November 1995 – 26 May 2000
Succeeded by
United States Stacy Dragila