Womens Pole Vault Final

It had everything; intense competition between two Russians who can’t stand each other, a world record and a contestant knocking off the bar with her boob. It’s a strange looking, unnatural event and I think a clean one, where drugs are unlikely to add value.

It was a two-horse race, both in terms of medals and aesthetics. At 4.70m Isinbayeva smacked into the bar and looked beaten. She had one jump remaining and took a risk, raising the bar to 4.80m and gliding over with ease. Feofanova had to clear the same to stay in touch. She gave up in mid-air.

Isinbayeva vaulted 4.91m to extend her own world record, screaming in delight as she flipped over the bar.