Record-breaking Suhr to miss world indoor championships

Tue Feb 2, 2016 7:00pm EST
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - Olympic pole vault champion Jenn Suhr does not plan to compete in next month's IAAF indoor championships even though she has just broken her world indoor record, the American said on Tuesday.

A desire for more gold at the Rio Games and the stress of having to go through the U.S. trials and the world indoor championships with just four days in between led Suhr and her coach to rule out the March 17-20 worlds in Portland, Oregon.

Plans did not change after Suhr boosted her world record to 5.03 meters (16 feet, 6 inches) on Saturday in Brockport, New York.

"Right now, it is still off the table," she said of the world indoor championships during a teleconference.

"I am not sure that is something I want to do in an Olympic year," she said of having to finish in the top two in the U.S. championships on March 12 and then competing against the world's best on March 17.

"That is just asking a lot," said Suhr, who will celebrate her 34th birthday on Friday.

Healthy and having fun after two years of up-and-down results, the Olympic gold medalist added a centimeter to her 2013 world indoor record with her third-attempt clearance at Saturday's college meeting.

"When I am ready to jump it doesn't matter where I jump," Suhr said.   Continued...

Jun 28, 2015; Eugene, OR, USA; Jenn Suhr wins the womens pole vault at 15-9 3/4 (4.82m) in the 2015 USA Championships at  Hayward Field.  Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports