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Athletics women pole vault

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Silva looks before she leaps

London 2012 - Yarisley Silva glances left before attempting a jump in women’s pole vault. The Cuban wins silver, clearing a height equal to gold medal winner Jennifer Suhr, but is docked for earlier misses.
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Room to spare

London 2012 - Elena Isinbaeva appears to have ample excess capacity as she clears the bar in women’s pole vault. The Russian was expected to win her third gold medal but is surprised by Jennifer Suhr (USA) and Yarisley Silva (Cuba) who nip the gold and silver.
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Sharing her disappointment

London 2012 - Pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale receives some consolation from her coach after failing to medal for Great Britain in women’s pole vault.
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Tough day for Ptacnikova

London 2012 - Jirina Ptacnikova is not pleased with her day in the Olympic women’s pole vault. The athlete from the Czech Republic cleared her first jump at 4.30m, but fails all other attempts and shares a sixth place result with two others.
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Isinbaeva comes up short

London 2012 - Russian Elena Isinbaeva was favored to win her third gold in women’s pole vault but comes up short with bronze.
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Ryzih rises

London 2012 - Lisa Ryzih of Germany vaults to a three-way tie for sixth place tie in women’s pole vault. The event debuted for women in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.
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Boyd vaults for Australia

London 2012 - Alana Boyd clears 4.30m on her third attempt and finishes the women’s pole vault in 11th place.
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Almost over the bar

London 2012 - An attempt from Elena Isinbaeva as the Russian tries to clear a height in women’s pole vault. Isinbaeva finishes third for bronze.
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Not over yet

London 2012 - It appears that Germany’s Lisa Ryzih has quite a way to go if she hopes to clear this height in women’s pole vault.
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Point those toes!

London 2012 - American pole vaulter Jennifer Suhr follows her toes up and over the high bar to win the gold medal.
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Cheering even before landing

London 2012 - Germany’s Silke Spielgelburg clenches her fists in celebration as she falls 4.65 meters to the mat and views the crossbar still in its place.
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New Olympic event, running the flags

London 2012 - Flags adorn the celebrating women pole vaulters. Carrying three stripes for Russia is bronze medalist Elena Isinbaeva, donning the Cuban flag is Yarisley Silva who won silver, and wearing the Stars and Stripes is USA’s gold medalist Jennifer Suhr.
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Suhr prize result

London 2012 - Elena Isinbaeva, the returning gold medalist in women’s pole vault, was expected to repeat in London. Instead American Jennifer Suhr out jumps the Russian for gold and carries a flag to celebrate.
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Full flex for Isinbaeva

London 2012 - Elena Isinbaeva fills the launch area with the full arc of her fibreglass pole. The returning gold medalist from Russia was expected to repeat in London, but finishes with the bronze medal in women’s pole vault.
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Silke smooth for fourth

London 2012 - Germany’s Silke Spiegelburg smoothly clears 4.55m and 4.65m but is unable to go higher. Her efforts bring her a fourth place finish in the women’s pole vault.
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Flexing energy

London 2012 - The flex of the pole provides the energy to fling Jennifer Suhr up and over gold medal heights in the women’s pole vault.
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Silver for Silva

London 2012 - Yarisley Silva of Cuba clears a height equal USA’s Jennifer Suhr but is awarded silver due to more misses during earlier attempts.
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A pleased Bleasdale

London 2012 - Holly Bleasdale pleases British fans and herself by clearing 4.45 meters on her final attempt to earn a three-way tie for sixth in women’s pole vault.
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Suhr takes off

London 2012 - American Jennifer Suhr begins her first attempt in the pole vault at 4.55 meters and hopes to do one better than her Beijing 2008 silver medal.
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