BOSTON – After failing to clear a height in the Women’s pole vault last weekend at the U.S. Open, Jenn Suhr made the most of her opportunities at the New Balance Grand Prix Saturday night. On the second stop of USATF’s Indoor Visa Championship Series, Suhr bettered her own existing American record with a winning height of 4.88m/16-0 to highlight events at the Reggie Lewis Center. Suhr bettered her previous American record of 4.86m/15-11.25, which she set last year at the USA Indoor Championships and became the #2 indoor vaulter of all time. She brought a sellout crowd of 4,072 to its feet in becoming the first Women’s American pole vaulter to clear the 16-foot barrier indoors. Owner of the best vault in the world this year, Suhr made just one attempt at 5.01m/16-5.25, which would have set a world record. She passed on the final two because of problems with her Achilles tendon.
Sneaking through on the inside, Maggie Vessey stole the Women’s 800 from American Erica Moore and Ethiopia’s Fantu Magiso in a photo-finish. With Magiso in the lead but fading into the final homestretch, Vessey found a small window in lane one and finished in a dead heat with Moore. Both finished with times of 2:02.37, but Vessey was ruled the winner with an overall time of 2:02.361 to Moore’s 2:02.365.
2011 World Outdoor champion 400m gold medalist Kirani James of Grenada ran out of lane five to win the race in a world-leading time of 45.96 while DeeDee Trotter picked up a win in the women’s in a time of 37.07.
Also posting wins Saturday were Ethiopian “baby-faced assassin” Tirunesh Dibaba in the Women’s 2 mile (9:21.60), Murielle Ahoure of the Ivory Coast in the women’s 60m (7.13), Btissam Lakhouad of Morocco in the Women’s 1,000m (2:38.14), and Caleb Ndiku of Kenya in the men’s 3,000 meters, where he finished in 7:38.29 to outlast Dejen Gebremeskel of Ethiopia (7:38.97).
For on the Visa Championship Series, including complete results, visit www.visachampionshipseries.com