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Isinbayeva wins at Oslo Golden League

OLYMPIC champion Yelena Isinbayeva won the women's pole vault at the Bislett Games on Friday, claiming her second Golden League win in as many meetings this season.

The Russian, below par at an event hit by bad weather, won by clearing 4.71 meters on her second attempt, beating Monica Pyrek into second place after the Pole cleared the height on her third attempt.

Svetlana Feofanova, another Russian, was third, clearing 4.66.

Isinbayeva began jumping at 4.71 when only the two opponents remained in contention. After she failed the first attempt, the meeting was interrupted by heavy rain. The Russian returned to clear the height but then failed all her attempts at 4.81.

"I am happy to win, but not with the result," said Isinbayeva, who is bidding for the US$1 million Golden League jackpot for the winner of all six major meetings, having won the opening event in Berlin last month.

"It was very difficult with all the waiting ... It was one of the longest competitions I've ever competed in during my life. First to wait before my first jump, and then waiting for the rain (to stop).

"There are four more (Golden League meetings) left, then the world championships, I'm happy I'm still involved in this game," the bubbly Russian said with a smile.

She added that she hoped she was in better shape for the next meeting in Rome, saying she needed to do some power training in order to improve.

With the men's events missing several big names, former world record holder Asafa Powell of Jamaica won the 100 meters with both his teammate Usain Bolt and American Tyson Gay not in the field.

Powell recovered from a poor start to win in 10.07 seconds, beating Antigua and Barbuda's Daniel Bailey on the line with the pair sharing the same time. Jamaica's Michael Frater was third in 10.08.

"I didn't feel as strong as I normally do," Powell said. "I didn't get a great start. I was way behind. I got to the front somehow, but I didn't finish as strong as normal. But a win is always a win. I can't complain. I beat some good guys today, guys who have run under 10 seconds."

All-time list

Powell had hoped to join Maurice Greene of the United States as the only sprinter with 50 sub-10 second races. Greene tops the all-time list with 53.

In the 400 meters, in the absence of Americans LaShawn Merritt and Jeremy Wariner, Trinidad & Tobago's Renny Quow won in 45.18 seconds.

On the women's side, American Sanya Richards followed up her Berlin victory with another win, clocking 49.23 seconds, while Britain's Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu finished sixth.

In the women's high jump, Croatian world champion Blanka Vlasic won as the only jumper clearing two meters.

In the men's javelin, Norway's double Olympic champion Andreas Thorkildsen failed to delight the home crowd as he finished third with a best throw of 83.15 meters. World champion Tero Pitkamaki won with 84.63.


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