New Delhi: Pole vaulter V.S. Surekha on Tuesday set a new national record in her event, jumping 4.15 metres to better her own mark by 0.07 metre at the 54th National Open Athletics Championships here.
Surekha, the first Indian woman pole vaulter to clear 4.0 metres, previously held the national record of 4.08 metres, set at a national circuit meet in Patiala in 2006.
The 30-year-old athlete is married to triple jumper Renjith Maheshwary. She was representing the Railways at the championships here and was followed by K.C. Dija, also of the Railways, with 3.60 metres to win silver.