London Olympic champ Jenn Suhr is sure having fun in her geezerhood. At 36, almost old enough to be a mother to some rivals, she won the Pre Classic vault Saturday with a W35 world record of 4.85 meters (15-11), upping her own listed WR of 4.83 (15-10) from a year ago.
Social media didn’t seem to notice the age-group record. But WMA, bless its little heart, called attention to the mark on its coming-of-age Twitter feed.
The WMA site breathlessly announced: “Thats (sic) right, breaking news coming out of Eugene at the IAAF diamond league is that Jennifer Suhr of the USA has cleared 4.85m in the Pole Vault, not only to win the event with a new meet record but to also break the existing record for W35.”
Kudos to WMA for posting the news the day it happened. That’s heartening for an outfit we’ve dragged kicking and screaming into the 21st century, media-wise.
Now the next barrier is 16 feet. Jenn has an indoor PR of 5.03 (16-6) and an outdoor best of 4.92 (16-2). Jeff Hartwig made the 2008 Olympic team at 40. Will Jenn match him at 38 with a ticket to Tokyo?
— USATF (@usatf) May 26, 2018
— IAAF Diamond League (@Diamond_League) May 26, 2018