Isinbayeva banishes Berlin blues

ZURICH: Pole vault queen Yelena Isinbayeva banished her World Championships blues by setting a new world record of 5.06metres while sprint king Usain Bolt overcame a “shaky” start to win the 100m.

Isinbayeva, who failed with

all three attempts as arch-rival Anna Rogowska of Poland claimed gold at the recently-concluded World Championships in Berlin, bettered her previous best mark of 5.05m set at the Beijing Olympics. The meet is the fifth of the six-leg Golden League series.

Bolt, who set new world records in the 100 and 200m (9.58 and 19.19 seconds) in the German capital, was trailing Jamaican compatriot Asafa Powell with 25 metres to go before switching on the afterburners to ensure victory. The towering Jamaican eventually clocked 9.81sec with Powell at 0.07sec.

Eight others of the 14 newly-crowned world champions also won their races at the Golden League meet here on Friday.

Importantly, 400m specialist

Sanya Richards and men’s 5000-10,000m double champion

Kenenisa Bekele claimed victories to remain in contention, along with Isinbayeva, for the one-million-dollar jackpot that goes to the athlete who wins their discipline at all six Golden League meets.

In the women’s 100m, however, Jamaican Kerron Stewart lost

out to American world bronze medallist Carmelita Jeter (10.86sec) for her first defeat on the circuit this season. Richards won the 400m in a world lead of 48.94sec while 200m specialist Allyson Felix finishing second, 0.89sec off her compatriot.

There was no revenge for Jeremy Wariner over world champion Lashawn Merritt, the latter stretching US dominance over the men’s 400m with a comprehensive 44.21sec win. Blanka Vlasic repeated her world success with an easy win in the women’s high jump, the Croatian clearing 2.01m to finish ahead of Russian Anna Chicherova and American Chaunte Howard.

Other world champions to notch victories were Bahrain’s Maryam Jamal (1500m), Jamaican Brigitte Foster-Hylton (100m hurdles), Kenyan Ezekiel Kemboi (3000m steeplechase) and Andreas Thorkildsen (javelin).