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The world's best senior female pole vaulter will meet the world's best junior at the upcoming DN Galan in Stockholm, on 17 August, the 10th stop of the Samsung Diamond League series.
The reigning World junior champion happens to be the local favourite Angelica Bengtsson who has a seasonal best of 4.58m. Bengtsson holds the World junior record of 4.63m and her 4.58m from a competition in Sollentuna on 5 July is the highest jump ever outdoors by a junior.
The world's best senior these days is Brazil's Fabiana Murer who has topped 4.77m this season thus far. Murer, winner of the World title in Daegu last year, is hoping to arrive in Stockholm with an Olympic medal added to her CV.
"I'm looking forward to DN Galan in Stockholm," Murer said. "I hope to arrive as Olympic champion. Competing in Sweden with such a responsive audience is always inspiring."
Bengtsson, who is currently in Barcelona where she will be defending her World junior title, agrees.
"The atmosphere at DN Galan is incredible and really helps you jump that bit higher. The audience in Stockholm's Stadium is always extremely enthusiastic."
Both Murer and the Swedish pole vaulting star will be competing at the Olympics in London. DN Galan is the first Samsung Diamond League meeting to follow the London Games.