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Isinbayeva keeps gold in vault, stakes claim for jackpot

other Updated: Jun 14, 2009 23:04 IST

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Russia's Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva won the women's pole vault competition at the Berlin Golden League meeting on Sunday, staking a claim for the $1 million jackpot for the winner of all six major meetings.

Isinbayeva, the world record holder, was far from her best.

The Russian sealed her win with a jump of 4.83m, five centimetres ahead of Monika Pyrek of Poland and third-placed Brazilian Fabiana Murer who jumped 4.68.

Ethiopian Kenenisa Bekele confirmed he is also a favourite for the jackpot when he won the men's 5,000m in a time of 13:00.76, ahead of Kenyan duo Abraham Chebii and Micah Kogo.

In the men's 100m Daniel Bailey from Antigua clinched victory in 10.03 seconds, ahead of Briton Simeon Williamson who clocked a mediocre 10.13.

American Dexter Faulk recorded a personal best of 13.18 seconds to win the men's 110m hurdles ahead of fellow countrymen Ryan Wilson and David Payne.

‘Not interested in becoming president’

New Delhi: KPS Gill, who was sacked as the Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) president last year, might be back in the fold after the IHF and Hockey India joined hands Sunday, but says he is not “interested” in heading the new body.

“I am not interested to become the president. If they want any help from me, then I have a road-map for the sport and I will be happy to share my views,” Gill said.

The newly formed Hockey India and IHF came together to work for the merger of the men and women's state units and to hold elections within six months as per the guidelines of the International Hockey Federation (FIH), here on Sunday.

Gill is likely to be accommodated with some honorary post in Hockey India, sources in the IHF said, adding they were looking for a larger role for Gill in the sport.

On his part, Jothikumaran, who is Tamil Nadu Hockey Association (TNHA) secretary general, is likely to give Hockey India a tough time as he cannot be stopped him from contesting the Hockey India elections. “He has been re-elected from TNHA and we cannot stop him if he wants to contest the elections,” the source said.