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This study clarified behavior of the pole during vaulting. Eight male vaulters (4.60 m-5.77 m: personal best record) vaulted over a closs bar with run-up and pole in the same set up as competitions. Three-dimensional coordinates of reflective markers attached on body and the pole were collected by a motion capture system (250Hz). The results showed: (1) the height of the upper tip of the pole was temporarily lower than the instant of pole plant (PP) between PP and maximum pole bending (MPB) for the top three participants who recorded the highest maximum height; (2) the turning angle at MPB showed positive values (35.2 ± 9.21°) for all participants. The results of this study suggested that participants vaulted with individual vaulting styles and it was effective to rotate the pole around the vertical axis, in order to move vaulter‘s body more vertically between MPB and pole straight (PS) and prevent the body from getting too close the bar at PS.