Alysha Newman sets new Canadian record in women’s pole vault

Alysha Newman returned to record-breaking form Friday night, setting a new Canadian mark in women’s pole vault with a clearance of 4.76 metres at the Speed River Inferno track and field meet in Guelph, Ont.

The native of London, Ont., broke the Commonwealth Games record in April 2018 by clearing 4.75 last year in Australia; that record doubled as the Canadian women’s outdoor mark.

Newman, 24, also broke her own national indoor record on Feb. 2, reaching 4.71 en route to a tie for first place at an IAAF indoor meet in Karlsruhe, Germany.

Newman’s 2018 season was cut short in late May after she heard a pop in her left knee during warmup at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track and field meet in Oregon.

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