MOSCOW (AP) -Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia is no stranger to success, winning her third world title by holding off Olympic champion and Fredonia native Jenn Suhr in front of a raucous crowd at IAAF World Championships on Tuesday.
This was Isinbayeva's last meet for a while - she is taking a break to have a family. And she went out in spectacular fashion, even attempting a world record, only to miss on all three attempts.
Five years after her last major outdoor pole vault victory, the Russian turned back the clock with a vintage performance to win with a leap of 4.89 meters, her best effort in four years.
Jenn Suhr competes in the women’s pole vault final at the IAAF World Championships in the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow on Tuesday.
Isinbayeva is the outdoor world-record holder and a two-time Olympic gold medalist.
Suhr, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist and indoor world record holder, qualified for the final when she vaulted 4.55 meters on Sunday.
On Tuesday, Suhr cleared 4.82 meters, but failed at three attempts at 4.89 meters.
"I've been blessed to win an Olympic gold, set a world record and now win a World Championship silver all in one year," Suhr said through her publicist. "This is the most I could get out of myself."
Suhr was inducted into the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 2009.