'Suhr record will spur Isinbayeva'

American Jenn Suhr's world indoor pole vault record will give extra motivation to Russian Yelena Isinbayeva and push the sport forward generally, former Olympic and world champion Sergei Bubka said on Wednesday.

Suhr broke Isinbayeva's world indoor record of 5.01 metres by one centimetre last weekend after winning the Olympic gold medal in London ahead of the 2004 and 2008 champion who finished third.

"First of all, I'd like to point out that it (Suhr's record) is a great achievement in itself because she became only the second woman ever to go over five metres," the great Ukrainian pole vaulter said. "It (the rivalry) is good for competition and ultimately it will be good for the sport as a whole because the competition pushes the sport forward," said Bubka, who set 35 world records during his career.

Isinbayeva, 30, dominated women's pole vaulting after setting her first world record in 2003 but has struggled after failing to clear a height at the 2009 world championships.  
"I think (Suhr's record) will only spur Yelena, will give her extra motivation to come back and try to regain her status.”

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