It’s Silver for Suhr in Moscow

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 13 August 2013 at 12:00 am

File photo by Tom Rivers – Jenn Suhr competes in a pole vaulting competition May 31 at the White Birch Golf Course in Lyndonville. She finished second today in the IAAF World Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Russia.

Jenn Suhr, the reigning Olympic Gold medalist in the pole vault, wanted to beat her main challenger in Moscow, Russia.

But Yelena Isinbayeva, the aging superstar, turned in her best performance in four years today to win the gold medal on her home turf. Suhr took silver, second place in a competition that featured the best pole vaulters in the world.

“They got their money’s worth,” Suhr said in a statement posted on her Facebook page. “It was one of the best pole vault competitions ever put on, 82 took third, 75 took fourth. That’s just great performances all around. And not to mention the crowd, the cheering and how into it they were. I have to look at it as a success. I’m happy with the silver. I look at the whole year – Olympic gold, world record indoors, silver at worlds and I’m quite happy with that.”

Suhr, a Fredonia native, lives in Kendall and Riga. She is married to Lyndonville native Rick Suhr, who is also her coach.

Isinbayeva won the gold medal by clearing 16-feet-0 1/2 to beat Suhr, who cleared 15-feet-9 ¾.