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Canal Jumping Contests

This unusual sporting event is called Fierljeppen in The Netherlands (Holland).

The long aluminum poles is between 3 and 5 m long and has a flat round plate at the bottom to prevent it from sinking into the muddy canal bottom. The contestants run and jump onto the pole, then a shimmy to the top of the poles (some with the aid of bicycle inner tubes strapped to their feet), and then vault off to try and land on the opposite bank.

A National Canal Jumping Contest is held on August 22nd each year. There is no prize except the honor of being the Dutch Champion Canal Jumper!

Below is a video of the a world record leap, 20.41 meters set by Jaco de Groot on the 9th August 2006.

and another video of a womens world record

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