The Associated Press released its predictions for the 2012 Summer Olympics track and field events Tuesday.
In the women’s pole vault, the AP predicted Fredonia native Jenn Suhr will take home the bronze medal. Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva is the favorite and Brazil’s Fabiana Murer is predicted to take silver.
Isinbayeva will be going for a third straight gold medal. No woman in track and field has managed to win an individual Olympic title in each of three successive games.
“This is my goal,” she told the Associated Press.
Since the 2008 Olympics, Isinbayeva has had mixed results, but seems to be finding her winning form just in time for the 2012 Olympics.
In 2009, she took first place in both the IAAF Golden League and World Athletics Final. However, in 2010, she placed fourth at the World Indoor Championships and in 2011, she took sixth at the World Championships. However, at the recent World Indoor Championships, she took first place.
Murer placed 10th at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. However, since 2009, she has been dominant. That year she took first place at the South American Championships. And in 2010, she placed first in the World Indoor Championships and first in the Ibero-American Championships. This past year, she won the South American Championships and the World Championships again.
Her personal best is 4.85 meters.
Since Suhr’s silver medal performance in 2008, she has continued to be the most dominant vaulter in the United States.
In 2009, she broke her own American record twice. Once at the Boston Indoor Games and then again at the U.S. Indoor Nationals.
The only misstep for Suhr came in 2009 when she was forced to take some time away from vaulting to recover from an Achilles tendon injury. But in 2010, she regained her winning form, winning the USA Outdoor Gill Women’s Pole Vault in Des Moines, Iowa for her fifth consecutive U.S. outdoor title.
In 2011, Suhr took first place at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships and second place at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. With other big wins in 2011, Track & Field News named Suhr the world’s No. 1 pole vaulter.
Suhr punched her ticket into the 2012 Olympics with a first-place finish at the Olympic Trials.