Isinbaeva off to a good season start
At the start of the season the double Olympic champion failed three times at 4.93 meters, but clearing 4.83 m was enough to secure her victory and a season best.
“This was an important contest, so I was a bit worried before its start,” said Isinbaeva as quoted in the Russian newspaper Sport-Express.
“This was the first start of the season for me, and, right off the bat, it was the Golden League. There was a lot of fuss. I’m very glad I satisfied the expectations of my coach and my fans. Honestly, I just wanted to win – that’s all.”
And there were more Russian successes, as Yulia Guschina made the podium in the 400 meters, finishing third to runaway winner America’s Sanya Richards, who also set a new season’s best.
In the women's high jump it was Ariane Friedrich who delighted the home crowd. The German won with a jump of 2.06 metres to see-off the challenge of Croat Blanka Vlasic.
The next chance at getting a share of the Golden League jackpot, worth one million dollars, will be at the next meeting in Oslo on July 3.