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Russia's Isinbayeva extends dominating form in pole vault

Russia's Isinbayeva extends dominating form in pole vault

The most dominating woman in the pole vault won again on Tuesday.
Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva defended track and field world title, jumping 4.80 meters. Katerina Badurova took silver with a leap of 4.75 and bronze went to Svetlana Feofanova, also at 4.75.
The 25-year-old Isinbayeva failed to set a world record, missing three times at 5.02. She has set 20 in her career (13 outdoor, seven indoor), but has not bettered her outdoor mark of 5.01 meters set at the last world championships in Helsinki, Finland, in 2005.
Her progress has been slowed as she develops a new style, which she began working on last season.
Her goal is to eclipse Sergei Bubka's record feats. Bubka set 35 world records and is a friend and sometime-mentor to Isinbayeva.
If she gets 16 more records, she figures that will drive the outdoor standard to about 5.20 meters.
Isinbayeva bailed out on her first attempt, hit the bar solidly on the second and knocked it off again on the final try.
Despite the failure, she jumped up, clenched her fists, waved to the crowd and then did a back flip into the landing area.
Hoping to go higher, Isinbayeva is now using a stiffer pole, gripping it higher, and using a new "swing technique" devised by coach Vitaly Petrov. Petrov sat in the stands Tuesday, shouting advice to Isinbayeva on all three record attempts.


Updated : 2021-03-02 16:12 GMT+08:00