Reigning Olympic and world champion Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia bettered her own world record to win the women's pole vault gold medal at the Beijing Games on Monday.
Isinbayeva vaulted 5.05m, 1cm further than her own world record of 5.04m set in Monaco last month.
The Russian only entered the competition at 4.70m, when there were only four other vaulters still in with a chance, and passed twice before easily vaulting 4.85m. She then set a new Olympic record of 4.95m after failing twice at that height.
She cleared 5.05m at her third attempt.
American Jennifer Stuczynski won silver with 4.80m after bailing out three times at 4.90m. Russian Svetlana Feofanova took bronze with a best of 4.75m.