17 SEP 2006 General News

Men's Pole Vault

Australia's Steve Hooker (OCE), who set a new PB of 5.96 in Berlin two weeks ago, is still riding high. Tonight, he needed just four jumps to win with a second-attempt clearance of 5.80 metres.

Japan's Daichi Sawano (ASI) and Argentina's German Chiaravaglio (AME) both had first-attempt clearances at 5.70, with Sawano taking second on the countback.

Said Hooker, "I was mentally tired and just managed to fight my way over 5.80. My strategy this year has been to clear some crucial bars, like 5.60 and 5.80, and save energy in between."

James Dunaway