Fabiana Murer shattered the Pan American Games pole vault record by 20 centimeters on Monday and helped Brazil tie its record 29 gold medals from Santo Domingo four years ago.
Murer, fourth in the world rankings, cleared 4.6 meters in three attempts, breaking the former record of 4.4 by American Melissa Mueller in 2003.
“It was wonderful,” Murer said. “But I have to confess that I was a bit nervous when the competition started, but then I decided to start having fun and got the gold.”
With the gold guaranteed, Murer attempted to surpass her personal best mark of 4.66, but failed to clear 4.68. American April Steiner matched the former Pan Ams record for silver, and Cuba’s Yarisley Silva rose a personal-best 4.3.
With Murer’s victory, Brazil matched its 2003 gold medal with six days left to surpass the mark.
The United States leads with 60 golds, and Cuba is second with 31. Canada trailed with 15.
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