Isinbayeva sets pole vault world record

31st August 2009, Comments 0 comments

Russian Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record of 5.06 metres in Zurich on Friday.

Zurich -- Russian Yelena Isinbayeva set a new world record of 5.06 metres here on Friday, after her recent unsuccessful Berlin world championships campaign.

Isinbayeva, who failed with all three attempts at the recent world championships, improved her previous best mark of 5.05m set at the Beijing Olympics.

"Now I understand why there was that defeat in Berlin - to have this amazing result," said Isinbayeva. "It's like a dream, it's hard to believe."

"My biggest thanks go to my coach Vitaliy Petrov. He gave me the best advice after what happened in Berlin.

"There were also other people who trusted me and said not to worry, everyone can lose a competition.

"It was interesting that I did not feel any pressure coming into today's competition.

"I knew I was in good shape and this world record confirms that I'm here and ready to jump high."

Isinbayeva, who still has three more competitions before season's end, had admitted to being "over-confident" going into the world championships which finished earlier in August.

The double Olympic champion was unable to win a third consecutive world title as she failed at 4.75m and then twice at 4.80m to finish without a medal.

But the 27-year-old succeeded on Friday to reach the new world record in just three vaults.

AFP / Expatica

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