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@CincinnatiMag: Mr. Smith Goes to Delhi by Brent Donaldson

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.
15' 7"
Age 18

Smith sets a personal record (PR) at the U.S. Olympic tryouts but doesn’t qualify.
17' 9 ¼"
Age 26

He qualifies for the Jamaican national team with a jump lower than his PR.
Age 27

Originally published in the October 2010 issue.

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