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NIKE: SERGEY BUBKA TO VAULT IN PREFONTAINE CLASSIC

 BEAVERTON, Ore., March 18 /PRNewswire/ -- History's greatest pole vaulter has announced that he will compete in the upcoming Prefontaine Classic in Eugene, Ore., on June 5, according to NIKE Inc. (NYSE: NKE; PSE). Ukrainian Sergey Bubka will be making his first-ever outdoor appearance in the United States, and is very much looking forward to performing in front of America's most knowledgeable track and field fans.
 According to Andrzej Kulikowski, Bubka's manager, "Sergey intends to be in top form for the Prefontaine Classic. We have heard many good reports about historic Hayward Field and the people of Eugene, and look forward to putting on a good show for the crowd."
 Sergey is a master playing to the crowd, and he looks to his fans for motivation. "I vault more for spectators than for myself. When so many people cheer for me, they give me power for good results."
 Indeed, crowds around the world have come to expect record-breaking performances from Bubka. Over the course of his storied career, Bubka has set a total of 34 world records (18 indoor, 16 outdoor), with the most recent being set at the NIKE Pole Vault All-Stars in his hometown of Donetsk, Ukraine. That 20-foot-two-inch vault (6.15 meters) was Bubka's second record for 1993 and, based on past years' performances, likely to be just the beginning of another record-setting year for Bubka.
 Despite a shocking no-height in the Olympic final, Bubka was the top-ranked vaulter in the world in 1992 -- an honor he has earned eight times in his 12-year career. Bubka set a total of four world records in 1992 to surpass Paavo Nurmi as track and field's most prolific record setter. In 1991, Bubka set a total of eight world records and won his third outdoor world championship.
 As the only vaulter ever to win an outdoor world championship, Sergey has his sights set firmly on Stuttgart, Germany, and this year's world championship. The Prefontaine Classic is an important building block in Bubka's 1993 outdoor campaign.
 One of the premier track and field meets in the United States, The Prefontaine Classic honors the memory of Oregon's greatest distance runner -- Steve Prefontaine. The meet began in 1973 as the Hayward Field Restoration Meet, and changed its name in 1975 to honor Prefontaine who died tragically in a car accident that spring.
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