Isinbayeva clears 5.01m World record in Stockholm!


Stockholm, Sweden - Most of the nearly 10,000 spectators gathered in the Ericsson Globe Arena in Stockholm on Thursday (23) to experience the 2012 edition of “XL-Galan” chose to stay on when the meet was all but over at 10 p.m. with just one athlete in one event remaining. The minority that did leave will certainly live to regret that decision.

Because that sole athlete remaining in action was pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva and the Russian capped her competition with a perfect clearance of 5.01m, one centimetre better than her own current World Indoor Record set in Donetsk three years ago!

Those that did leave prematurely might have been excused by the fact that Isinbayeva’s previous competitions this winter didn’t at face value signal that she was in 5m+ form: 4.70m in Volgograd on 21 January, 4.68m in Bydgoszcz on 8 February and 4.81m in Liévin 14 February. But anyone who paid reasonably close attention to Isinbayeva’s early vaulting last night in Stockholm knew that at least the current World lead of 4.88m (Jenn Suhr) was vulnerable.


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