O'Hara No-Heights in the Women's Pole Vault Final at 2005 World T & F Championships

Aug. 12, 2005

UCLA great Tracy O'Hara no-heighted in the women's pole vault final on Friday at the 2005 World Track & Field Championships in Helsinki, Finland.

Isinbayeva sets world pole vault record
In women's field event action, Russian star Yelena Isinbayeva set a world record in the women's pole vault with her clearance of 5.01 meters/16-5.25, after securing the gold medal earlier by sailing over the bar at 4.70m/15-5. Isinbayeva's world record clearance betters her most recent world record of 5.00m/16-4.75 set last month in London. 2004 U. S. Olympian Jillian Schwartz (Jonesboro, Ark.) finished 11th in the women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.20m/13-9.25. O'Hara, the 2005 USA Outdoor runner-up, was unable to clear a height and went out at 4.20 (three misses at 13-9.25).

This Weekend
Bruin senior Monique Henderson will be part of the U. S. women's 4 X 400m relay pool (Saturday semis/Sunday final, the last day of competition). On Wednesday, Henderson placed seventh in the 400m final. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Henderson ran on the Gold Medal winning U. S. 4 X 400m relay. Two of her current U. S. teammates, Sanya Richards and Dee Dee Trotter, were also on the Gold Medal winning Olympic relay. On Wednesday in the women's 400m final, Richards was second and Trotter fifth.

U. S. Medal Tally
On Friday, led by gold medal winning performances by Jeremy Wariner (men's 400m) and Allyson Felix (women's 200m), Team USA boosted its medal total to 20 (11 gold, 7 silver, 2 bronze) on a beautiful Friday evening at the 2005 World Outdoor Championships in Helsinki.

Team USA Medal Tally (As of August 12) -
Gold (11) - Justin Gatlin (Raleigh, N.C.), M100, 9.88; Justin Gatlin (Raleigh, N.C.), M200, 20.04; Jeremy Wariner (Grand Prairie, Tex.), M400, 43.93; Bershawn Jackson (Raleigh, N.C.), M400mH, 47.30; Adam Nelson (Athens, Ga.), MSP, 21.73m/71-3.50; Bryan Clay (Azusa, Calif.), Decathlon, 8,732 points; Walter Davis (Baton Rouge, La.), MTJ, 17.57m/57-7.75; Lauryn Williams (Miami, Fla.), W100, 10.93; Allyson Felix (Santa Clarita, Calif.), W200, 22.16; Michelle Perry (Los Angeles/UCLA), W100H, 12.66; Tianna Madison (Knoxville, Tenn.), WLJ, 6.89m/22-7.25.
Silver (7) - Wallace Spearmon (Fayetteville, Ark.), M200, 20.20; Andrew Rock (LaCrosse, Wis.), M400, 44.35; James Carter (Hampton, Va.), M400H, 47.43; Brad Walker (Seattle, Wash.), MPV, 5.75m/18-10.75; Rachelle Boone-Smith (Norfolk, Va.), 22.31; Sanya Richards (Austin, Texas), W400, 49.74; Chaunte Howard (Atlanta), WHJ, 2.0m/6-6.75.
Bronze (2) - John Capel (Gainesville, Fla.), M200, 20.31; Allen Johnson (Irmo, S.C.), M110H, 13.10.

PAX (check local listings) will televise the World Championships, a U. S. webcast is available at and daily updates and results can be viewed at www.usatf.org.

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