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Women’s Pole Vault Record Made

February 21, 1998

AUCKLAND, New Zealand (AP) _ Australia’s Emma George overcame tough conditions and a shortened run up to break her world pole vault record at the Robin Tait Classic track meet Saturday.

George, a former trapeze artist, cleared 4.57 meters at the first attempt to beat her old mark of 4.55 meters.

After clearing the height, George, 23, decided not to continue because rain made the runway dangerous.

``This season I’ve been too busy trying to get my technique right jumping off 12 steps instead of my regular 16 steps,″ George said. ``I didn’t think this would happen. To do this off my shorter run is just fantastic for me.″

She said a strong cross wind and the drizzling rain had made it difficult to jump but she had been inspired by her Russian training mate Dmitry Markov, who Friday became just the fourth man to clear 6m.

The women’s pole vault is expected to be added to the Olympic Games in Sydney 2000.

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