New Balance Indoor Grand Prix seats are less expensive along the backstretch, but it’s entirely likely that the fans who snapped up tickets for there will get the best show at the second of this year’s IAAF World Indoor Tour meetings on Sunday (14).
This is because the pole vault runway is along the backstretch and, after her world indoor record 5.03m vault last month, Suhr has made it clear she thinks she can jump a lot higher.
In deference to the event, which can see even the greatest athletes turn in a less-than-great performance, Suhr has been careful not to make any promises but she’s also explicitly set no upper limit on where the bar might go should she clear her opening height and then go on to win without too many difficulties.
The Reggie Lewis Center, in the Boston suburb of Roxbury, has been good to Suhr, hosting her breakthrough national title in 2005 and well over a dozen wins since, between this meet and national championships.
Suhr is not the only world record holder competing on Sunday; there’s one in the men’s pole vault too: Ashton Eaton, the decathlon world and Olympic champion and world record holder.
He will be sharing the spotlight in this event with Canada’s world champion Shawn Barber, who was second in the opening IAAF World Indoor Tour meeting in Karlsruhe last Saturday.
Eaton will be doubling in Boston, contesting both the 60m and the pole vault.
The competition at 60m will be as challenging as in the vault, with Eaton’s best of 6.66 just barely keeping him in the race.