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.
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.
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.
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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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