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Australians clean up the pole vault

29 July 2002

Tatiana Grigorieva takes top spot for Australia with a new Games record.

Tatiana Grigorieva

New Games record holder Tatiana Grigorieva

Egged on by the crowd Tatiana Grigorieva the Russian-born vaulter, won her first major championship medal (bronze) at the 1999 World Championships, took the gold for Australia, to add to her Olympic silver. Grigorieva set the new Games record with a height of 4.35m.

Grigorieva said: “The atmosphere was fantastic. I love this competition. I was very nervous. We had a really long wait, but it’s over now and I’ve got my medal – the one that I was waiting for. I knew that to get a gold medal you had to jump higher than 4.20m and that’s obviously what happened. The level of competition showed how much the women’s pole vault has improved since Kuala Lumpur.”

Her team mates followed suit in a tough and tense competition of world class vaulting. Kym Howe took the silver with 4.15m and Bridgid Isworth took the bronze 4.10m.

Englands Irie Hill said who took joint bronze also with a vault of 4.10 said: “I wanted to get a medal so badly, and I got one. I should have vaulted much higher today, because my vaulting is really going very well. But I must compliment the beautiful stadium and very fast run up and the great support of the spectators. I should have vaulted higher, because they made me so excited. I ran so fast and when you come in too quickly, you get too close to take off, which prevented me from going higher.”

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