Isinbayeva breaks World Indoor record in Birmingham.


Yelena Isinbayevas twelfth World Pole Vault record came almost as a matter of course at the Norwich Union Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham.
Isinbayeva needed only four jumps and attempted only three heights to secure victory and another dollop of prize money. The 22-year-old Russian entered at 4.60m by which time only her fierce rival Svetlana Feofanova.

Feofanova went on to clear 4.70m, which Isinbayeva skipped, before going out at 4.79m.

Isinbayeva hopped over 4.79m like it was a skip in the park and then, with victory in the bag, took two attempts at 4.88m. The first had the height, but she clipped the bar on the way down. On the second she made the right adjustments before popping over to add another $30,000 to her winnings.

I didnt realise I was in such good shape, she said, somewhat curiously given last weekends record making efforts. I was tired going into the event but the crowd was so good and it really pushed me over the bar.

Despite again losing to her rival - its becoming a bit of a habit - Feofanova was happy. I am not really an indoor vaulter and I didnt think I would vault that high tonight, she said. It looks good going into the summer.
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