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Latest update : 2008-07-30

The reigning Olympic and world champion Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva broke her previous world record at the Monaco grand prix on Tuesday when she cleared 5.04 meters

Russian Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own women's world pole vault record on Tuesday when she cleared 5.04 metres at her third attempt at the Monaco grand prix.

Isinbayeva, who bettered her previous mark of 5.03 metres set at the Rome Golden League meeting on July 11, recorded her 13th outdoor world record and 23rd overall on a warm, still night in the principality.

The Olympic and world champion had come close to vaulting 5.04 metres last Friday in London, where she cleared the bar with her third attempt but brought it down during her descent.

"The record just happened," the 26-year-old Monaco resident told reporters. "Monaco is my home town and it's my first competition (in Monaco) since I've been living here. That motivated me.

"I'm in a good shape, I just need to keep my condition that way until the Olympics. I wanted to improve my personal best and that's what I did. I see this world record first of all as a personal best."
 

Date created : 2008-07-29

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