Russian Isinbayeva vaults new heights

Updated: 25 February 2007 08:48 IST

Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women's pole vault when she cleared 4.82 metres at the Super Grand Prix meet.

Russian Isinbayeva vaults new heights

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Russia's Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record in the women's pole vault when she cleared 4.82 metres at the Super Grand Prix meet. With her second attempt at the height, 21-year-old Isinbayeva added a centimetre to the record set by Olympic champion Stacy Dragila of the United States two years ago. Her performance came at the end of a meet which featured a controversial 100 meters won by European champion Dwain Chambers after his main rivals failed to hear the recall gun on a false start. The race had taken a farcical twist after US champion Bernard Williams, Commonwealth champion Kim Collins and in-form American John Capel ran all the way through the line despite the recall gun sounding after a false start.The officials ruled the re-run race must go ahead straight away and Chambers roared through to take victory as, perhaps not surprisingly, Williams tied up and Collins faded. A strong headwind reduced Chambers' time to 10.27 seconds, his fellow Briton Mark Lewis-Francis was second in 10.35 seconds while Capel, the winner of Friday's Golden League meeting in Rome, was fourth and Williams sixth. Isinbayeva, the European silver medallist last year who first showed her promise when she won the world junior title in 2000, beat European champion Svetlana Feofanova who only cleared 4.54m. (PTI)



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