Vaulter Boyd only 9th at indoors

Alana Boyd admitted she blew a great opportunity after finishing a disappointing ninth in the women's pole vault at the world indoor athletics championships.

Boyd arrived in the best form of her life, having cleared an Australian record height of 4.76m last month in Perth.

But she never looked comfortable in Istanbul and could do no better than 4.55m as Russian great Yelena Isinbayeva claimed gold with 4.80m.

"I don't know what happened. It's not reflective of the way I've been jumping," said Boyd, competing at her first indoor meet.

Read the full article at the Sydney Morning Herald

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