Venezuelan pole vaulter Robeilys Peinado (Getty Images) © Copyright
Report Donetsk, Ukraine

Pre-event favourite Peinado wins Pole Vault gold

Fifteen-year-old Robeilys Peinado defeated girls two years her senior in taking the Pole Vault crown by 10 centimetres, despite finishing below her 4.35m lifetime best.

The Venezuelan cleared a best of 4.25m before failing at her one 4.30m and two 4.36m attempts, as Russia’s 17-year-old Alena Lutkovskaya claimed the silver medal with 4.25m.

Capturing only her nation’s second ever medal in the 14-year history of this championship, Peinado’s silverware follows Keisa Monterola’s silver medal in the discipline at the Marrakech 2005 event.

For Lutkovskaya meanwhile, she follows in the illustrious footsteps of world outdoor record-holder Yelena Isinbaeva who won the 1999 title in Bydgoszcz. Despite not winning tonight (13), she jumped five centimetres higher than her compatriot did 14 years ago.

In the bronze medal position, Latvia’s Krista Obizajeva cleared a best of 4.05m to capture her nation’s first ever medal in the eight editions of this event in this championship.

New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney and Australia’s Nina Kennedy, both with a 4.05m height, finished fourth and fifth respectively.