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MOSCOW---Never count out Yelena Isinbayeva,
especially when she is performing before a rap-
turous home crowd at the world championships.
Five years after her last major outdoor pole vault
victory, the Russian turned back the clock with a
vintage performance to beat Olympic champion
Jenn Suhr with a leap of 4.89 metres, her best
outdoor effort in four years.
"From the greatest, you should always expect
great things. Never count them out," bronze medal-
ist Yarisley Silva of Cuba said. "You have to take
a bow to her feats."
When Silva missed her final attempt, Isinbayeva
set off racing across the track, fists pumping the
air, and jumped over the advertising boards to hug
Yevgeny Trofimov, the coach of her youth who
returned to revive her career ahead of last year s
It paid off on Russia s biggest night of the cham-
"It was one of the best pole vault
competitions put on," Suhr said.
Isinbayeva even went for a world
record at 5.07 metres but, as night closed
in over the Luzhniki Stadium, that was too
much, even for a woman who had set 28 of
them, indoors and outdoors, over the last
Still, at 31 she was jumping for joy like
a teenager, somersaulting on the track,
leaping in the arms of the mascot and
hugging like never before, upstaging
even Usain Bolt and his usual show-
Now, Isinbayeva is taking time
off to start a family after the sea-
son, she said, but promises she
could be back, possibly even for
the 2016 Olympics.
However unlikely that would
seem, few expected her to win
gold in Moscow, too.
But family was a theme yes-
terday as the Eatons finished
their working honey-
moon in Russia, ever
so close to making
it a double-gold
Eaton of Canada failed to sufficiently shake off
Ganna Melnichenko in the final 800-metre race
of the heptathlon and finished with a silver medal
two days after her husband, Ashton Eaton, won
gold in the decathlon.
After two days of competition, Theisen Eaton
no longer had the legs to create a decisive gap
ahead of Melnichenko. And while the Ukrainian
went celebrating wrapped in her national flag,
Theisen Eaton wrapped herself in the warmest of
embraces of her smiling husband.
Barely a month after marriage, they proved it
was a near-perfect competitive match as she gained
her first global medal.
"I always watch him and watch him get his
medals and think, I wonder what that feels like,"
Theisen Eaton said. "Now I m getting a little taste
Melnychenko won her first major competition
with 6,586 points, compared to 6,530 for Theisen
Eaton. Dafne Schippers of the Netherlands took
With the work done, the Eatons can now think
about celebrating their marriage together.
"We re contemplating on the honeymoon,"
Theisen Eaton said. "Now would be the perfect
time to go lay on the beach."
The United States had to take a back seat to
Russia yesterday but still got a huge boost when
LaShawn Merritt reclaimed the world title in the
men s 400, pulling away from the pack early and
winning by more than half a second.
Merritt crossed in 43.74 seconds, the fastest
time of the year. At the end of Day 4, the United
States leads with 10 medals overall and four gold,
ahead of Russia with six overall and three gold.
For sheer surprise, 19-year-old Ethiopian
Mohammed Aman came through in the 800 final,
rushing past American rival Nick Symmonds to
Defending world and Olympic champion David
Rudisha was out injured, but considering Aman
already beat the Kenyan twice, who knows what
the outcome could have been.
Earlier, Olympic champion Robert Harting of
Germany was again up to his shirt-ripping best
and won his third straight discus world title, beating
Piotr Malachowski of Poland for gold.
Malachowski had ended Harting s winning streak
at 35 meets early in the season
but the German still came up
big at the most important
moment of the season.
The host nation also got
a big boost from its walkers,
even if it came with a twist.
Thinking she had already
won the 20-kilometre gold
medal, Elena Lashmanova
came to almost a complete
stop with one stadium lap
A judge egged her on
again and Lashmanova
soon got moving
again and held on
to first place to
lead a Russian 1-
Russia even had
eyes on a sweep
but Vera Sokolova
with about 500
metres to go, leav-
ing Liu Hong of
China to take bronze behind
Anisya Kirdyapkina. (AP)
Isinbayeva gets pole
vault gold at words
gold medal in
pole vault final
in the Luzhniki
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