Londoner Alysha Newman reaches new heights in pole vault career

Alysha Newman keeps defying gravity.

The 24-year-old Londoner topped her own Canadian women’s outdoor pole vault record by clearing 4.76 metres Friday at the Speed River Inferno meet in Guelph.

The effort was a centimetre better than her golden Commonwealth Games mark from April, 2018 in Australia. Last year, her impressive season had been cut short by a patellar tendon tear, but she stormed back in February to raise her national indoor record to 4.71m in Germany.

The former Mother Teresa standout and University of Miami grad opened her 2019 outdoor season with a seventh-place finish (4.52) at a Diamond League meet in Shanghai three weeks ago.

The world outdoor record of 5.06m, held by Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, has stood for almost 10 years.

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