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Daniela Bartova, of the Czech Republic, broke the women's world indoor pole vault record when clearing 4.20 metres at a meeting in Prague yesterday. She beat the mark set last February by Sun Caiyun, of China, by five centimetres.

The Hungarian middle-distance runner Sandor Iharos, who broke 11 world records, died yesterday of heart failure in Budapest aged 65. Iharos shattered seven of the world marks in a single year. Between May 1955 and July 1956, he set records in the 1,500, 3,000, 5,000 and 10,000 meters.