x Abu Dhabi, UAEMonday 24 July 2017

Isinbayeva vaults back

Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounced back from losing her world title by setting a new world record in the Weltklasse meet

ZURICH // Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva bounced back from losing her world title by setting a new world record in the Weltklasse meet. Isinbayeva set the new mark of 5.06 metres in her first attempt at the Golden League meet, improving on the 5.05m she set in Beijing a year ago in winning her second Olympic gold medal. "I was surprised it was so easy," Isinbayeva said. "I feel great... but I'm happy that I was defeated otherwise I wouldn't be so hungry for the world record."

The Russian surprisingly lost her world champion crown to Poland's Anna Rogowska in Berlin last week. Meanwhile, Usain Bolt came from behind to win the 100m. Bolt, the world-record holder, shook off Jamaican teammate Asafa Powell to win the 100m in 9.81 seconds. He was well off the remarkable world record of 9.58 he set in Berlin. In his first meet since then, Bolt trailed former record-holder Powell halfway into the race then used his huge stride to pull ahead and even eased up in the last couple of meters.

"It was a shaky race. My body was sitting at the start, I was a little bit tired through the race. All things considered, the time is not bad," said Bolt. * AP