Svetlana breaks own record at Stockholm

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Pole vault world-record holder Svetlana Feofanova of Russia breaks her own world record clearing 4.72 meters at the Globen Galan indoor track and field meet.

updated: February 25, 2007 09:27 IST
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Stacy Dragila of the United States has dominated women's pole vault in much the same way as Sergei Bubka did in the men's event. But the reigning Olympic and World champion was pushed to second place at Stockholm today by 21-year-old Russian Svetlana Feofanova who also went on to break her own indoor world record. Feofanova, who had set a new indoor world record at Stuttgart last Sunday, looked like she would better her own record, when she cleared 4.65 meters easily. Her main rival Olympic and World champion Stacy Dragila had to settle for second best this time after she was unable to clear 4.57 metres. Feofanova, though was not finished yet. She cleared 4.72 meters a centimetre more than her previous best for her second world record in a week. She earned herself a tidy US$ 43,500 bonus for breaking a world record. And if she keeps up this form, then Dragila's long-standing dominance could well be coming to an end.