18-year-old Roberta Bruni broke the women’s Pole Vault record with 4.60m.
Bruni, the 2012 IAAF World Junior Championships Pole Vault bronze medallist who only turns 19 on 8 March, cleared 4.60m on her first attempt, equalling the national outdoor record set by Anna Giordano Bruno in 2009. Bruni then tried three times at the World junior indoor record height of 4.65m, two centimetres higher than Sweden’s Angelica Bengtsson achieved two years ago.
The Italian record augurs well for next summer’s European Athletics Junior Championships in Rieti next summer. Bruni hails from Nazzano, a small village just 60km away from Rieti where she trains every day at the Raul Guidobaldi Stadium, the venue of the continental event.
“I did not think about 4.60. Clearing 4.51m (in Fermo on 2 February) was already a great achievement. After clearing 4.60, I felt empty. I started with pole vault by chance after I competed at the National Student Games when a local athletics coach Andrea Milardi asked me to have a try. Yelena Isinbayeva is my role model but there are other athletes from whom I can learn,” said Bruni.