The jump was certainly impressive enough to warrant a call from home: 4.75 metres for a new Canadian women’s pole vault record.

But Alysha Newman’s mom Paula wanted to know what the back flip was about.

“My mom called me and said ‘Alysha, you did a back flip! You don’t do that every time,” Newman recalled. “I said, ‘you know what mom, I don’t know why I didn’t do it at worlds. It’s just that (4.75), it feels like I’m in the game now. I can be a medalist now.’

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