Alysha Newman sets new Canadian record in women's pole vault
Clears 4.76 metres at Speed River Inferno; Melissa Bishop-Nriagu breaks meet record in 800
Alysha Newman returned to record-breaking form Friday night, setting a new Canadian mark in women's pole vault with a clearance of 4.76 metres at the Speed River Inferno track and field meet in Guelph, Ont.
The native of London, Ont., broke the Commonwealth Games record in April 2018 by clearing 4.75 last year in Australia; that record doubled as the Canadian women's outdoor mark.
That’s a NEW <a href="https://twitter.com/AthleticsCanada?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@AthleticsCanada</a> CANADIAN RECORD for <a href="https://twitter.com/alysha_newman94?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@alysha_newman94</a> in the women’s PV of 4.76! This place is on 🔥 tonight! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SRInferno19?src=hash&ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">#SRInferno19</a> <a href="https://t.co/gd9jykzme2">pic.twitter.com/gd9jykzme2</a>—@InfernoTrack
Newman, 24, also broke her own national indoor record on Feb. 2, reaching 4.71 en route to a tie for first place at an IAAF indoor meet in Karlsruhe, Germany.
Newman's 2018 season was cut short in late May after she heard a pop in her left knee during warmup at the Prefontaine Classic Diamond League track and field meet in Oregon.
Later diagnosed with a six-millimetre tear in the middle of the patellar tendon, which attaches the bottom of the kneecap to the top of the shinbone, Newman opted not to have surgery, given the approximate six-month recovery time so close to this year's world championships and 2020 Olympics next summer.
She resumed full training last October at Bolton Pole Vault following months of rest and extensive physiotherapy, and returned to competition indoors in mid-January.
Westaway pushes Bishop-Nriagu
Newman opened her outdoor campaign at the Diamond League meet in Shanghai on May 18, finishing seventh (4.52). Friday's performance qualifies her for worlds and the Olympics.
In the women's 800 metres, 2015 world silver medallist Melissa Bishop-Nriagu set a meet record on Friday with a time of two minutes 1.80 seconds at Alumni Stadium.
University of Guelph student Jenna Westaway placed second in 2:01.80. In February, she broke Bishop-Nriagu's 800 indoor record at the Boston University Last Chance Meet, two weeks after shattering the Canadian 1,000 record (2:37.04) at the Boston Valentine race.
Women's 1500m winner Jenna Westaway discusses her race <a href="https://twitter.com/InfernoTrack?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">@InfernoTrack</a> <a href="https://t.co/9Oop6tx00n">pic.twitter.com/9Oop6tx00n</a>—@CanadianRunning
Bishop-Nriagu returned to competitive running on May 18, winning the 1,500 in a personal-best 4:09.36 at the Johnny Loaring Classic in her hometown of Windsor, Ont.
In 2017, she married Osi Nriagu and gave birth to daughter Corinne last July.
Up next for the 30-year-old is the Harry Jerome Track Classic on June 20 at Swangard Stadium in Burnaby, B.C.