The Weltklasse Zurich, IAAF Diamond league meet, kicked off on Wednesday afternoon with pole vault contest inside the Zurich main train station.
It was Canada’s Shawn Barber who prevailed by setting a new Canadian indoor record of 5.92m.
After the world champion Barber, bronze medalist Lisek (POL), silver medalist Holzdeppe (GER) and former world champion Fillipidis (GRE) had cleared 5.67m the bar was raised to 5.77m. However only newly crowned world champion Barber was able to go over that height.
“It wasn’t very easy to find the feeling for the competition after the World Championship”. “I do feel the jetlag from Beijing, I would have liked to challenge Shawn but I’m happy with my 3rd place tonight” said Holzdeppe.
Barber then asked to raise the bar to 5.92m which which he cleared with second attempt and beating his own Canadian indoor record. The newly crowned world champion then tried to attack 6.01m, but it was just a little too high.
“It was a great experience and definitely a difference to outdoors but it was fun”. Said Barber.
Weltklasse Zurich continues on Thursday, September 3 with lots of action in Letzigrund Stadium.