Mr. Smith Goes to Delhi
Illustration by Jason Ford
In Chris Smith’s world, it’s all about where you plant your pole. This month, the 27-year-old Springfield Township native and UC grad will pole-vault for Jamaica at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, India. Smith—whose father and grandfather are Jamaican citizens—obtained dual citizenship last February and hopes to represent Jamaica in the 2012 Olympics.
Smith breaks the city record as a Princeton High School senior.
Smith sets a personal record (PR) at the U.S. Olympic tryouts but doesn’t qualify.
17' 9 ¼"
He qualifies for the Jamaican national team with a jump lower than his PR.
Originally published in the October 2010 issue.