Eugene looks skyward with impressive vertical jump fields – Samsung Diamond League

Eugene, Oregon – Americans Jenn Suhr and Chaunte Lowe will find plenty of high class international competition to match their own impressive talents respectively in the Pole Vault and High Jump at the 38th Prefontaine Classic – Samsung Diamond League meeting at Hayward Field on 2 June.

Suhr, the 2008 Olympic silver medallist and American record holder outdoors and indoors in the Pole Vault (4.92m), will face the gold, silver and bronze medallists from last year’s Daegu World Championships Fabiana Murer of Brazil, Martina Strutz of Germany, and Russia’s Svetlana Feofanova. Suhr finished 4th at Daegu last year and aims for redemption.

Murer (4.85), Strutz (4.80) and Feofanova (4.88), like Suhr and many others slated to compete, are over 30 in an event where experience plays a major factor in success as athletes can get better with age.

The women’s Pole Vault field has plenty more, including two World Championships gold medals: Feofanova and Anna Rogowska of Poland. As well as her Daegu bronze already mentioned Feofanova was the 2003 World Championships gold medallist and has won Olympic medals in 2004 (silver) and 2008 (bronze). Rogowska, the 2009 World Championships gold medallist, was also the 2004 Olympic bronze medallist, and has a best of 4.85.

The veterans will be challenged by a two youngsters, led by 20-year-old Holly Bleasdale of Great Britain. With a best of 4.87, Bleasdale was the bronze medallist at this year’s World Indoor Championships in Istanbul. 18-year-old Angelica Bengtsson of Sweden is on a big-time rise. She won golds at the 2010 World Junior Championships and 2011 European Junior Championships.

Another exciting entrant is former two-time NCAA champion Kylie Hutson, with a best of 4.70.

Women’s Pole Vault
Fabiana Murer (Brazil)
Jennifer Suhr (USA)
Svetlana Feofanova (Russia)
Anna Rogowska (Poland)
Martina Strutz (Germany)
Angelica Bengtsson (Sweden)
Holly Bleasdale (Great Britain)
Kylie Hutson (USA)



Americans Jenn Suhr and Chaunte Lowe
Americans Jenn Suhr and Chaunte Lowe

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