Zhong vaults into history

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Zhong Guiqing set a new women's pole vault world record

at the second day of the Chinese National Championships in Peking yesterday.

The 18-year-old high school student from Guangdong Province cleared 4.08 metres to beat the 4.07m Cai Weiyuan vaulted at Heifei earlier this month. Sun Caiyun, who jumped a world best 4.06m in March, also cleared 4.08m, but at her second attempt, to take silver.

On the track, the former Ma's Army runner Wang Junxia performed poorly by her own standards. The world record holder at 3,000m and 10,000m, who walked out on the coach Ma Junren earlier this year, won the 5,000m in 15min 39.18sec, 62sec slower than the Norwegian Inrgid Kristiansen's world mark.

"I am not satisfied with the results," the 22-year-old world 10,000m champion said. "But I am sure I will make a strong comeback to win the gold medal at the World Championships this August."

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