BERLIN (Reuters) - Poland’s Anna Rogowska claimed a huge upset victory in the women’s world championship pole vault on Monday when she took the gold medal and left Russia’s world record holder Yelena Isinbayeva in tears after three failures.
Rogowska claimed the title with a clearance of 4.75 meters. Fellow Pole Monika Pyrek shared silver with American Chelsea Johnson after both cleared 4.65.
Isinbayeva had won the last four global titles, claiming gold at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics and 2005 and 2007 world championships as well as a host of European and indoor titles.
She lost to Rogowska at the London Grand Prix last month though and looked sluggish in all three attempts on Monday.
Isinbayeva sat out the early stages of the competition, entering at 4.75 but failed badly.
She then passed on that height but never looked like going clear at 4.80, leaving Rogowska to celebrate her shock success with compatriot Pyrek.
“I was surprised to come first,” Rogowska told Italy’s Rai TV. “I was thinking Yelena has such perfect technique, so I was surprised to win this competition.”
Isinbayeva was in tears and said: “I prepared well but I don’t have an explanation, though an injury on my jumping leg did effect my build up.
“This defeat will motivate me to be more concentrated. I think it will be useful for me.”
Additional reporting by Mitch Phillips, editing by Alison Wildey