Murer vaults 4.60m at South American Championships – Day 1 report
Saturday, 20 June 2009
Excerpt from IAAF.org
Lima, Peru - Brazilian pole vaulter Fabiana Murer produced the best performance of Day 1 of the 46th South American Championships that commenced in Lima on 19 June at the track of the “Villa Deportiva Nacional”. The event ends on Sunday (21).
The 28-year-old Murer was a class apart from the rest of the field, and won with a championship record of 4.60m, yet providing a few scares among her coaching staff.
Murer, the South American record holder with 4.82m (Rio de Janeiro, 7 June 2009) and bronze medallist of the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, struggled to clear her opening height of 4.40m, and only did it in her third attempt. Later on she showed her current great form and cleared 4.51m and 4.60m, both Championship record heights in her first try, to later foul her three attempts at 4.70m.
“My last jump at 4.70m was the best of the day, and I was very close to clearing it,” said the native of Campinas. “I hit the bar on my way down, but I’m pleased with the result. We came here looking for a Championship record, and we go back home with that.
“I was a bit tired after jumping in Berlin (14 June), where I was third with 4.68m, and with all the traveling I had to do in a few days. Now I will have one week to rest in São Paulo before heading back to Europe to compete in Oslo. My goal is to be consistent heading into the World Championships, and to hope for a good result there. But I’m in great form, so we may see further improvements to the South American record.”
The continental title obtained in Lima is Murer’s third, after victories in 2006 and 2007. Chilean Carolina Torres, and former record holder Alejandra García from Argentina, completed the podium, both with 4.10m marks.