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18 Jul, 2009 05:03

Isinbayeva step closer to Golden League jackpot

Isinbayeva step closer to Golden League jackpot

Pole-vaulter Elena Isinbayeva continued her run for the Golden League jackpot as she triumphed again at the competition of the fourth stage in Paris.

Isinbayeva opted not to challenge the blustery conditions in the French capital and won the event with her first jump – a modest 4.65 meters – enough for her fourth win from four.

The Russian Olympic champ stays in the hunt for a share of the one-million-dollar prize. An athlete has to win all six Golden League meetings to take the prize.

Also targeting the jackpot is the woman Isinbayeva had to split money with in 2007, American runner Sanya Richards, as well as Ethiopia's Kenenisa Bekele and Jamaica's Kerron Stewart, who won the women's 100 meters.

While Stewart's compatriot Usain Bolt – as expected – was the star of the night. The three-time Olympic Champion overcame a poor start to win the 100 meters in 9.79 seconds. It’s the seventh-fastest time in history and the second-fastest this season.