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Boyd blown out of pole vault
Boyd blown out of pole vault

Alana Boyd hopes of a pole vault medal were shattered this morning when she bombed out at 4.45m at the Olympic Stadium.

In a dramatic final, Cuban Yarisley Silva and the United States Jenny Suhr settled in for a showdown for the gold medal after two-time Olympic champion Elena Isinbaeva took bronze with a leap of 4.70m.

Silva needed a final jump clearance at 4.80m to take the gold but she didn’t get to the bar, leaving Suhr to claim the gold.

Boyd graduated from the starting height of 4.30m but struggled for rhythm in her approach when the bar was raised.

She cleared the 4.30 mark on her third attempt as she tried to come to grips with the tricky winds.

The 26-year-old, who cleared 4.55m in the qualification round to make the final, entered the competition with chances of a bronze medal.

With a season best of 4.76m at the club meeting at the WA Athletics Stadium in February, Boyd was in the mix for a medal.

It ranked fifth of the season best for all athletes in the 12-vaulter field.

Isinbaeva provided the shock result of the night.

She holds the world record with a leap of 5.06m and has a season best leap of 5.01m, the only athlete in the field to have gone above 5m.

The West Australian

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