Michaela Meijer continued her superlative year by breaking the Swedish pole vault record in Norrkoping on Saturday (1).
The former European U23 silver medallist vaulted immaculately, recording first-time clearances at 4.43m, 4.58m, 4.73m and then 4.83m to add two centimetres to Angelica Bengtsson’s national record.
Meijer’s clearance matched Katie Nageotte’s world lead although the American regained sole ownership of that mark later in the day, soaring over 4.92m in Marietta, Georgia.
“It felt good to say the least today. We had good conditions and everything felt good on the jump. During the first heights I was a bit sluggish but at 4.73m I got that feeling I had not felt in competition before. It was then a feeling that I could take with me to 4.83m,” said Meijer as reported by Svensk Friidrott.
After clearing 4.83m, Meijer took three attempts at 5.00m, a height which has only been achieved outdoors by Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva (5.06m) and Sandi Morris from the United States (5.00m).
“The last two jumps really gave me confirmation that I am doing the right thing, everything was right, a feeling that this is how you should jump. And now afterwards I have really gained the confidence to invest further towards five meters!”
Full results here.