Silva soars to claim women's world pole vault title
By Nick Mulvenney
BEIJING (Reuters) - Cuba's Yarisley Silva needed a jump of 4.90 meters to win a thrilling women's pole vault contest and claim her first major global title at the world championships on Wednesday.
Pushed all the way by Brazil's Fabiana Murer and Greece's Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou, the London Olympic silver medalist won gold with her third attempt at the winning height before failing three times at 5.01m.
"This was one of the hardest competitions of my career. It was a very close competition with Fabiana and Nikoleta," said the 28-year-old.
"Fabiana is getting better and better and always pushes me. It is always emotional to compete with her."
Silva needed all three goes to get over at 4.70 and join an unprecedented seven women going for 4.80.
Murer and Silva cleared 4.85 at the first attempt to ultimately leave Kyriakopoulou with bronze.
With the noisy crowd roaring her on, Silva slid over the bar at 4.90 to win the title.
"This is the result of a lot of sacrifices, hard work and dedication," Silva added. "Now I want to do everything to get the Olympic gold in Rio." Continued...