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MOSCOW – Russia’s track and field athletics chief Valentin Balakhnichev said Tuesday he had high hopes for his country’s chances of winning medals at the London Olympics which start on July 27. Russia’s pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva, a 30-year-old two-time Olympic champion, who is also the world record holder, is one of the country’s red hot favourites for gold at the London Games. Men’s vault: Pole vault: Sergei Kuchereanu, Dmitry Starodubtsev, Yevgeny Lukianenko more
Dunkirk, New York — The Associated Press released its predictions for the 2012 Summer Olympics track and field events Tuesday. In the women’s pole vault, the AP predicted Fredonia native Jenn Suhr will take home the bronze medal. Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva is the favorite and Brazil’s Fabiana Murer is predicted to take silver. Isinbayeva will be going for a third straight gold medal. No woman in track and field has managed to win an individual Olympic title in each of three successive games. “This is my goal,” she told the Associated Press. Since the 2008 Olympics, Isinbayeva has had mixed results, but seems to be finding her winning form just in time for the 2012 Olympics. In 2009, she took first place in both the IAAF Golden League and World Athletics Final. However, in 2010, she placed fourth at the World Indoor Championships and in 2011, she took sixth at the World Championships. However, at the recent World Indoor Championships, she took first place. Murer placed 10th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. However, since 2009, she has been dominant. That year she took first place at the South American Championships. And in 2010, she placed first in the World Indoor Championships and first in the Ibero-American Championships. This past year, she won the South American Championships and the World Championships again. Her personal best is 4.85 meters. Continue reading
Brad Walker wins the men’s pole vault at U.S. Olympic Track & Field Trials to qualify for London, where he’ll be joined by teammates Jeremy Scott and Derek Miles.
Barcelona – Swedish pole vaulter Angelica Bengtsson has amassed a stunning array of gold medals ever since she triumphed at the 2009 World Youth Championships.
The following year she won at the Youth Olympic Games and also at the IAAF World Junior Championships. In 2011, she added a gold medal at the European Athletics Junior Championships to her ever-growing collection.
On Thursday morning, she will start the defence of her World Junior Championships title when she competes in the Pole Vault qualifying rounds at what will be her last international junior competition.
Bengtsson, who turned 19 on Monday, gave herself an early birthday present ahead of her trip to Barcelona by going over a World Junior outdoor best of 4.58m on home soil in Solletuna last Thursday, a mark only succeeded by her World record of 4.63m achieved indoors last year.
She kindly answered some questions by email earlier this week. Continue reading
Ever fancied having a go at the pole vault? In this video, Olympic medal hopeful Holly Bleasdale and her coach Julien Raffalli show and discuss the technique required. Chorley-based athlete Bleasdale, 20, who now lives in Abram, is in Team GB for the London Olympics, and bookies have her at 6/4 to win a medal. Last month in the Olympics trials in Birmingham, she jumped 4.71m to break the British outdoor pole vault record. Bleasdale only took up the pole vault in recent years, having previously been a sprinter.
Pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva insists winning her first outdoor competition of the year at a European Athletics Outdoor Premium Meeting in France trumps clearing a relatively modest height.The 30-year-old Russian posted an unconvincing 4.75 meter jump that rattled the bar, missing her next attempts at 4.85 meters, which would have been a world-leading mark. It was still enough to beat Britain’s Holly Bleasdale and Poland’s Anna Rogowska into second and third place, respectively, at Tuesday’s meet in the French town of Sotteville les Rouen. “I’m so happy that I got the victory, that’s the most important, the good results will come later,” said Isinbayeva, who set a new indoor record of 5.01 meters in Stockholm in February, in comments to the IAAF website. Gunning for her third-successive Olympic gold in London, Isinbayeva has shortened her preparation period for the Games, citing the difficulties of maintaining peak condition for an athlete of her age over a long period of time. She has said she intends to take part in a Diamond League meet in Monaco on July 20, a week before the start of the Games. source
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The world’s best senior female pole vaulter will meet the world’s best junior at the upcoming DN Galan in Stockholm, on 17 August. Also the world junior champion happens to be the local favourite Angelica Bengtsson with a seasonal best of 4.58.
Murer, winner of the World championships in Daegu last year, is hoping to arrive to Stockholm as a Olympic gold medallist.
“I’m looking forward to DN Galan! Competing in Sweden with such a responsive audience is always inspiring, says Murer who will compete at DN Galan for the fifth time.”Angelica Bengtsson agrees.
“The atmosphere at DN Galan is incredible and really helps you jump that bit higher. The audience in Stockholm’s Stadium is always extremely enthusiastic! ”
Bengtsson goes this week into the World Junior Championships in Barcelona as the current world champion. Both Fabiana Murer and the Swedish pole vaulting star will be competing at the Olympics in London in August. DN Galan is the first Samsung Diamond League meeting to follow the London Games. more
With less than two years of practice, Austin Jones has become one of the best young pole vaulters in the state.
Jacksonville, Texas –”The first track meet, people were like, ‘How’d you get so good,’” said Jones. Jones received a little help from his dad.”I’m not a very good carpenter,” said Brad Jones. “It took a while.”With plywood, two by fours, cinder block and a conveyer belt, Jones was able to give his son a pole vaulting pit in his own backyard.”Not many people have a pole vaulting pit at their house,” said Austin. “It’s helped a lot because I practice twice a week if not more.”It took his dad a month to complete the pit.”You’re limited at school with how much you can practice,” said Jones. “So I told him (Austin) I would build the pit if he would practice. So far he’s lived up to his end of the deal.”With great results. In his first national qualifier, Austin won the gold medal. Now he’s qualified for the AAU Junior Olympics next month in Humble.”I’m nervous and excited at the same time,” said Austin.He’s even surprised his dad.”I told him I hope he could jump ten foot in the seventh grade,” said Jones. “He beat that by a foot. He’s exceeded my expectations.”Austin says 11 feet is just the beginning.”I think I can go higher,” he said.With a runway built for take off, Austin hopes to win gold next month.
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Steve Hooker will have one last chance to remove the super glue from his shoes before the Olympics when he contests the pole vault at Crystal Palace in London on Friday night.Hooker has entered the two-day London leg of the Diamond League meeting in what is a good dress rehearsal for the conditions that can be expected at the Olympic Stadium in three weeks time.Hooker will have his hands full with red hot competition, not only from the gold medal favourite France’s Renaud Lavillenie but Germans Malte Mohr and Bjorn Otto. The Germans are coached by the popular former European champion Tim Lobinger.Lavillenie, undefeated this season, pushed the magic six metre barrier clearing 5.97 metres in Helsinki when taking the European championship crown on July 1. more
SOTTEVILLE (FRA, Jul 10): At Meeting Sotteville-les-Rouen (part of French series Pro Athle Tour) Russian star Yelena Isinbaeva opened her summer campaign with 475 (15-5) win over Holly Bleasdale 470 and 2009 World Champion Anna Rogowska who also started impressive into the season with 470. Fourth Anastasiya Savchenko 460. The pole vault world record holder started with a miss at 470 and went to 475 where she was right in first succesfull. Then she tried at 485 without clearing the bar. The next and only one meet for Isinbaeva before the Games is the Herculis Samsung Diamond League of Monaco on July 20. more