Russian pole vaulter Feofanova breaks own world record

GLASGOW: Russian pole vaulter Svetlana Feofanova produced a stunning clearance of 4.76 metres to break her own world indoor record on Sunday. 

The 22-year-old set the mark at an international meeting, beating her previous best of 4.75 at the European championships in Vienna in March last year. 

After struggling at 4.65, Feofanova rattled the bar heavily at the record height but it did not come down. 

The Russian then made two unsuccessful attempts at 4.82, which would have been the biggest height ever achieved by a woman, indoors or outdoors. 

But the record of 4.76 was a perfect response to Stacy Dragila.  

The American had posted 4.71 at an indoor meeting in Boston at the weekend and holds the best outdoor mark at 4.81. 

“It’s my first world record in Britain and I’m really delighted but believe it or not I was hoping to jump even higher,” said Feofanova. 

However, the biggest roar of the day was reserved for veteran Briton Colin Jackson when he claimed victory in the men’s 60 metres hurdles. 

The Welshman, who will 36 in just over a fortnight, produced the second fastest time of the year, in his 70th appearance for Britain, when he clocked 7.55 seconds. 

The world record holder, both indoors and out, has now become the most capped British male athlete. “When they told me the other day that this would be my 70th cap, it made me think how old I was,” said Jackson. 

“It is a tremendous honour to have achieved that and I can say that I have enjoyed every one of those appearances. 

“Today was a good run because I got out of the blocks well and felt in good control, so it was pleasing.” 

There was disappointment for Britain’s Olympic triple jump champion, Jonathan Edwards, who had to be content with second place behind rival Christian Olsson of Sweden. 

The world record holder could only reach 16 metres 97 cms with his first jump, while Olsson posted 17.15. 

Daniel Caines made clear his determination to defend his 400 metres world indoor title next month in Birmingham when he clocked the fastest time in the world this year. 

The 23-year-old Briton who took the title two years ago in Lisbon, ran 45.81 seconds to beat compatriot, Jamie Baulch (46.82). 

Elsewhere, Kelly Homes of Britain set an indoor personal best when she won the women’s 1,500 metres in four minutes 12.51 seconds and Slovenia’s Jolanda Ceplak set a season’s best when she took the 800 metres in two minutes 00.51 seconds.. 

In the sprint events, Jason Gardener won the battle of the Britons, taking the men’s 60 metres in 6.52 and finishing ahead of Mark Lewis-Francis. 

World outdoor champion, Zhanna Pintusevich-Block of Ukraine, captured the women’s 60 metres on 7.09. – Reuters 

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