Olympic-bound Schwartz places 11th in Istanbul

The 32-year-old jumped 4.45m with her third attempt before failing three times at 4.55m.

March 11, 2012 23:35
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Jillian Schwartz

Jillian Schwartz 390. (photo credit: Umit Bektas/Reuters)

Israel’s Jillian Schwartz ended the pole vault competition at the World Indoor Championships in Istanbul in 11th place on Sunday.

The 32-year-old, who booked her ticket to this summer’s London Olympics by clearing 4.52 meters in January, jumped 4.45m with her third attempt on Sunday before failing three times at 4.55m.

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Defending Olympic pole vault champion Yelena Isinbayeva won her first major gold medal in over three years on Sunday, needing just two clearances at 4.70 meters and 4.80 to secure the title.

The Russian failed at an indoor world record of 5.02 but still got the crowd to raise the roof when she ended her competition with a celebratory back flip on the mat.

France’s Vanessa Boslak was second on countback from Britain’s Holly Bleasdale after both cleared 4.70.

“I was waiting for this victory like a mother is waiting to give birth to her baby,” Isinbayeva told reporters.

“It was very important for me. The last three years showed me how important it is for me to win. I am so happy as if it was the first time,” added the 29- year-old, whose struggles with form caused her to take a break from the sport in 2010.

Also Sunday, four-times champion Meseret Defar lost her 3,000 meters title to Kenyan Hellen Obiri and American hurdler Aries Merritt pulled off a surprise victory over China’s Liu Xiang in the 60m hurdles as the US dominated proceedings to finish top of the medal table with nine golds for their best showing at the three-day championships.

Reuters contributed to this report

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