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Walker wins Olympic Trials pole vault

Brad Walker clears the bar in men's pole vault at the U.S. Olympics Trials. (Associated Press)
Brad Walker clears the bar in men's pole vault at the U.S. Olympics Trials. (Associated Press)

EUGENE, Ore. — Brad Walker won his fourth U.S. pole vault title, clearing 18 feet, 7 1/4 inches at the Olympic track trials Thursday night for a spot on the U.S. team for the London Games.

Jeremy Scott was second at 18-4 1/.4, and Scott Roth third at the same height, but Roth does not have the Olympic “A standard this season of 18-9 1/4 required to compete in the Olympics.

The third spot on the team went to fourth-place finisher Derek Miles, who finished fourth at the Beijing Games.

Walker (University of Washington/University High) set the American record of 19-9 3/4 at the Prefontaine Classic at Hayward Field in 2008. He finished third in the Olympic trials that year before no-heighting in Beijing.