Boyd breaks national record in Perth


Alana Boyd has added four centimetres to the national pole vault record by leaping 4.76m at a Perth interclub meet.

Only ten athletes have ever jumped higher in the event and the Commonwealth champion is now a strong medal chance for the London Olympic Games; At last year’s world championships a 4.75m clearance was required for a podium finish.

Boyd’s successful clearance came on her third attempt at the height, in her third competition in three weeks and bettered Kym Howe’s 4.72m record set indoors in the Ukraine in 2007. Boyd had earlier in the competition cleared a 4.71m personal best following clearances at 4.40m, 4.50m and 4.60m.

"To jump two PB's in the one night, I am pretty stoked," Boyd said after her performance.

"It has probably been about time. It has been coming and coming all season, and to go out there and not only jump the PB's but get the Australian record is great. I'm definitely on a massive high right now."

Following next week’s Olympic Trials in Melbourne Boyd will compete at IAAF World Indoor Championships in Istanbul, Turkey from 9-11 March, where she will face a rejuvenated Yelena Isinbayeva, who last set a new world indoor record of 5.01m in Birmingham during the week.


Related articles

You might also enjoy reading our latest news:

Versace in fashion for the Gift - no bull

Luke Versace had his leg ripped open by a bull in the streets of Spain when he was 19. Last year, he was so overweight his wife laughed at him as he tried to pull the Stawell Gift bib over his belly. On Monday, he won the Gift in the most dramatic of fashions.

Commonwealth Games was destiny for Canberra athlete Emily Brichacek

Minutes before the biggest race of her life, Emily Brichacek's coach, Ted McLean, took the Canberra athlete’s hand and placed an acorn in her palm.

Philanthropist pitches in to help Melissa Breen as Athletics Australia funding falls short

Australia’s fastest ever woman, Melissa Breen, has been given just a third of the funding she was expected to get – $4000 – prompting wealthy businesswoman Susan Alberti to again step in and do what her sport did not.

Olympic pole vault champion Steve Hooker to quit athletics

One of Australia’s greatest athletes will bid farewell to the sport on Saturday, albeit not in the fashion he had planned.

Record run by Stanford's Solomon could be just the start

Steven Solomon's record-breaking 400-meter run in Melbourne on Saturday was satisfying on many levels for both Solomon and Stanford associate head coach Jody Stewart.


Not what you're looking for?
Custom Search