Svetlana Feofanova, RUS
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Svetlana Feofanova set two world indoor pole vault records within a week, the second at a meeting in Stockholm on Wednesday 6th February.
And the Russian hinted that she could vault still higher by criticising the event runway.
Feofanova cleared 4.72m, eclipsing the record she set in Stuttgart on Sunday and leaving former record holder Stacy Dragila, of the USA, well behind in second place.
"Technically, I was not as good as in Stuttgart," Feofanova said afterwards.
"I wasn't as relaxed and didn't feel fresh in my legs. The conditions were unusual, and it took time to adapt.
"The runway was not entirely stable and I wasn't quite myself in it. I don't think Stacy was able to adapt to the runway either."
Feofanova took the European Outdoor title ahead of Yelena Isinbayeva with a vault of 4.60.
European Championships 2002
Svetlana Feofanova claimed gold for Russia and also set a new world indoor record, clearing 4.80m in the pole vault to complete a truly thrilling edition of the World Indoors.
However, Yelena Isinbayeva broke the indoor record with 4.86 later in 2003.
Russia's Svetlana Feofanova beat Germany's Annika Becker to win gold in the women's pole vault at the World Championships Pole Vault in Paris, with a vault of 4.75 to equal the championship mark of Stacy Dragila from two years ago.
World championships: Svetlana Feofanova of Russia poses with the gold medal after winning the women's pole vault event
Norwich Union London Grand Prix at Crystal Palace on Friday night 30 July:
Having taken the WR to 4.89m at the Norwich Union International in Birmingham on Sunday, Yelena Isinbayeva gleefully earned another US$50,000 bonus from the sponsors by clearing 4.90m at the first attempt. Svetlana Feofanova, who had held the record at 4.88m, responded by having the bar put up to 4.95m but found the challenge literally too steep despite almost hysterical support from the enthralled crowd.
The pole vault duel came towards the end of a meeting of fabulous quality and drama.
I was thinking about was my technique, because all the angles change with the
heights. It felt good to have a go. I feel I could jump this height it really
felt possible. By the looks of things, it is going to take a world record to win
The two Russians will do battle with defending champion Stacy Dragila at the Athens Olympics.