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2011 World Championships in Athletics – Women’s pole vault

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Jan 10, 2022

The Women’s Pole vault event at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics took place at the Daegu Stadium on August 28 and 30.

Fabiana Murer celebrating her victory at Daegu
Official Video
Events at the
2011 World Championships
Track events
100 m men women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
5000 m men women
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
steeplechase
men women
4 × 100 m relay men women
4 × 400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men women
50 km walk men
Field events
High jump men women
Pole vault men women
Long jump men women
Triple jump men women
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Hammer throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men

Anna Rogowska of Poland was the defending champion, while 2008 Olympic championYelena Isinbayeva had returned to form after a career break in 2010. American Jennifer Suhr had the two best clearances prior to the competition and Martina Strutz was ranked second in the world behind her. Silke Spiegelburg (the Diamond League leader), world indoor champion Fabiana Murer and Olympic medalist Svetlana Feofanova were the other main potential medalists.[1]

The event was conducted in swirling winds. World record holder Isinbayeva was the last to start, clearing her opening height but then struggling with her next three attempts, going under the bar on the last one. World leader Suhr seemed off this night but cleared 4.70 on her second attempt, while Yarisley Silva set the Cuban national record at the same height on her third attempt. Murer and previous world record holder Feofanova were clean through 4.75, but were pushed into a tie for second place by Strutz’ German National Record 4.80 on her first attempt. Murer cleared on her second attempt while Feofanova missed all three attempts. At 4.85 Murer tied her own National and Area record, clearing on her first attempt and making Strutz pass to 4.90 to try to win. Neither cleared on their two attempts, then Murer had the bar raised to 4.92 for her final attempt.

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Gold Silver Bronze
Fabiana Murer
 Brazil (BRA)
Martina Strutz
 Germany (GER)
Svetlana Feofanova
 Russia (RUS)

Prior to the competition, the established records were as follows.

World record  Elena Isinbaeva (RUS) 5.06 Zürich, Switzerland 28 August 2009
Championship record  Elena Isinbaeva (RUS) 5.01 Helsinki, Finland 12 August 2005
World leading  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.91 Rochester, NY, United States 8 July 2011
African record  Elmarie Gerryts (RSA) 4.42 Wesel, Germany 12 June 2000
Asian record  Shuying Gao (CHN) 4.62 New York City, NY, United States 2 June 2007
North, Central American and Caribbean record  Jennifer Suhr (USA) 4.91 Eugene, OR, United States 6 July 2008
South American record  Fabiana Murer (BRA) 4.85 San Fernando, Cádiz, Spain 4 June 2010
European record  Elena Isinbaeva (RUS) 5.06 Zürich, Switzerland 28 August 2009
Oceanian record  Kym Howe (AUS) 4.65 Saulheim, Germany 30 June 2007

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