Less than three weeks after winning the gold medal at the London Olympics, Riga’s Jenn Suhr was celebrating another pole vault title in England.
Suhr cleared 15 feet, 3 inches to win the pole vault competition Sunday at the Aviva Birmingham Grand Prix, part of the 2012 Samsung Diamond League.
Just as they were Aug. 6 — when Suhr cleared 15 feet, 7 inches to win Olympic gold — conditions were a major factor. Suhr and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva were the only two women to clear 15 feet as top contenders Silke Spiegelburg of Germany, Fabiana Murer of Brazil and Jirina Ptacnikova of the Czech Republic failed to get over the bar.
“When you’re running into such a strong headwind it’s not really pole vaulting, you’re just adjusting to the wind,” Suhr said. “I could have done horrible today and it still would have been a good season for me.”
Suhr and Silva both cleared 15-3, but Suhr made it on her first attempt, while Silva needed to tries.
Suhr and Silva also cleared the same height at the Olympics, and again it was Suhr who won on the basis of fewer misses.
The victory came the day before Suhr’s return to Rochester. She is scheduled to arrive at the Greater Rochester International Airport at 3:30 p.m. Monday.
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