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Pole Vaulter Tarasov Injured

July 20, 2001

MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ Pole vaulter Maksim Tarasov of Russia will be unable to defend his title at next month’s World Championships after dislocating his left ankle at the IAAF Herculis Golden League meet Friday.

Tarasov was injured while attempting to clear 19 feet, 2 1/2 inches. He was carried off the track on a stretcher, then underwent surgery at Princess Grace Hospital.

Doctors said Tarasov’s season was over and it would be several months before he could compete again.