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Watch: 90-year-old pole vaulter goes for record

(CBS News) While U.S. pole vaulters are seeking gold at the London Games, another vaulter is setting records back on American soil. He also happens to be 90 years old.

The BBC's Franz Strasser recently went to Jonesboro, Arkansas, to do a story about small towns being fertile breeding grounds for U.S. Olympic athletes. While there, he met former Olympic pole vaulter Earl Bell and his 90-year-old father, Dr. William Bell.

According to Strasser, the elder Bell holds the pole vault world record for his age group. We're not sure how many other 90-year-olds are still active pole vaulters but as you can see in the video, Bell is still in great shape.

Watch as he breaks his own record with a vault of 7 feet and 2 inches. It's a pretty impressive feat - although as the video notes, Bell's wife said "he just wanted to show off for the camera."