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U.S. wins gold, silver in pole vault

Updated: August 27, 2004, 10:18 PM ET
By Sherry Skalko | ESPN.com

ATHENS, Greece -- In the pecking order of Olympic virtues, "higher" has always seemed less exciting than "faster" and "stronger." That is until "later" came along.

Long after Marion had left the building and more than three and a half hours after the track and field competition began Friday night, the American pole-vaulting duo of Tim Mack and Toby Stevenson lifted higher to new heights.

The only American gold medalist of the day, Mack set an Olympic record, clearing 19 feet, ...

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