Stuczynski clears 16 feet
NEW YORK - Jenn Stuczynski became the #2 woman on the all-time list in the women's pole vault. A sell-out Icahn Stadium crowd of 4,990 fans from around New York and the world cheered performances in warm, muggy conditions.
The second stop of USATF's Visa Championship Series, the Reebok Grand Prix will be broadcast from 11 p.m.-12:30 a.m. tonight (Saturday) on ESPN2 and from 1-2 p.m. Sunday on CBS.
Stucyznski soars again
Stuczynski became the first American to clear 16 feet in the women's vault with her winning leap of 5.88 meters/16 feet, 0 inches to set her second American record and world leader in two weeks. She broke Stacy Dragila's 3-year-old American record on May 20 at the adidas Track Classic (4.84m/15-10.5). Two weeks later in New York, she had the bar set at 16 feet and took two solid tries that failed. On her third attempt at the height, Stuczynski gave the bar a brush, but it stayed up, giving her the American record as well as the U.S. all-comers record. She then raised the bar to 6.03m/16-6 in an unsuccessful attempt to break Yelena Isinbayeva's world record. Shuying Gao of China was second with a national and Asian record of 4.64m/15-2.75. Dragila withdrew from the competition with a sore left Achilles tendon.
All-comers records galore
Ginnie Powell posted her second win of the Visa Championship Series in the Visa women's 100-meter hurdles and posted a statement to the world that she is to be reckoned with. The 2006 USA and NCAA champion blasted out of the blocks and dominated the field, winning in a world-leading, personal-best and meet-record time of 12.45 seconds. 2007 USA indoor champion Lolo Jones was second in 12.75, with Dolloreen Ennis-London of Jamaica third in 12.79.
Ethiopian victories at 5,000m
Ethiopia's Tirunesh Dibaba turned in a bravura solo performance in the Reebok women's 5,000m, running 14:35.67 to finish 40 seconds ahead of second-place Kim Smith of New Zealand (15:15.22).
The Visa women's 100 meters delivered on its promise of excitement. 2003 world champion Torri Edwards, coming off a personal-best victory at the adidas Track Classic in 10.90, was first out of the blocks and in the lead. As the field began to close the gap, Olympic 200m gold medalist Veronica Campbell of Jamaica - second to Edwards by .01 at the adidas TC - nipped Edwards at the tape, thrilling the large Jamaican contingent in the crowd. Campbell was timed in 10.93 (wind +1.2mps), with Edwards second in 10.96 and world 200m champion Allyson Felix third in a personal-best 11.04. Felix came back to win the Reebok women's 400 meters in 50.53 seconds over Novlene Williams of Jamaica (50.97) with a strong stretch run.
Two-time U.S. champion Hazel Clark came off the final curve to surge into the lead and win the Western Union women's 800-meter run in a U.S.-leading time of 1:59.07.
world outdoor silver medalist and reigning U.S. champion Rachelle Smith dominated the Air Jamaica women's 200m from start to finish, winning easily in 22.31 (+1.6) over LaShauntae Moore (22.75).
Winners in other events included Becky Breisch in the women's discus 61.96m/203-3; Malindi Elmore of Canada in the Smartwater womens' 1,500m run (4:07.01);
Jenn Stuczynski, women's pole vault: "It's exciting. I wanted to be the first American to clear16 feet. With the conditions, it was highly unlikely with the winds, but I just kept fighting through it."
"I knew I didn't want to go out at 4.64."
"My first two jumps were close and I knew I could jump it."
Becky Breisch, women's discus: I just got back from Europe, so I'm running a little low. I'm very happy and thankful they put the womens discus in the meet.
I had to pull it together for my last throw. I came through in the end.
I have a couple of weeks to go back and get ready for USA's and go from there.
Whenever we can finish in the top three at nationals and represent the U.S. is our ultimate dream. We train to finish in the top three and go to the (world) championships and next year, the Olympics.
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