• Suhr clears 4.91m, misses world record ; Xue Changrui sets Chinese record 5.81m
In her first meeting in 2016 Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr impressed with her form.
On Friday at the Doug Raymond Invitational the American pole vaulter cleared 4.91m on her first attempt. Suhr then tried to beat her own world indoor record as the bar was raised to 5.03m. She missed on all three attempts however one of the tries was very close.
“5.03 WR. Oh so close…!! Just missed it, should have made it. Not satisfied with today’s result 4.91m.” She later posted on Twitter.
Xue Changrui sets Chinese record 5.81m in Orleans
In another meeting in Orleans Pole Vault meet (French Pola Vault Elite Tour) Chinese vaulter Xue Changrui surprised everyone as he won the meet with 5.81m. Changrui's mark was not only a new meeting record, but also new Chinese record indoors or outdoors. The Chinese pole vaulter beat previous record by 1cm.
The second place in the event took defending world indoor champion Konstadinos Filippidis of Greece who cleared 5.67m. Kevin Menaldo and another Chinese athlete Huang Bokai were tied for 3rd place with 5.57m.
The women's pole vault winner was former world junior record-holder Angelica Bengtsson from Sweden who managed to clear 4.60m on her first attempt. Bengtsson then attempted new national record of 4.72m, but failed to clear in all three jumps.