MOSCOW (Reuters) – Yelena Isinbayeva, the greatest woman pole vaulter of all time, thrilled a partisan home crowd roaring her every jump when she landed the third and probably last world title of her illustrious career on Tuesday.
The Russian, twice Olympic champion and world outdoor record holder, was the only vaulter to clear 4.89 meters.
It was a season’s best leap for the 31-year-old, the first woman to clear the revered five meters barrier, who said before the championships that she would retire.
American Olympic champion Jenn Surh took silver and Cuban Yarisley Silva bronze. Both failed at 4.89 after clearing 4.82.
(Reporting by Justin Palmer, editing by Ed Osmond)