George to Resume Battle with World Record Holder

Published May 29th, 2000 - 02:00 GMT

Australia's Emma George was almost expecting American rival Stacy Dragila to end her four-and-a-half year reign as women's world pole vault record holder at the weekend. 

But George Monday warned hard work and plenty of jumps practice had restored the confidence dented by a nasty fall before last year's world championships and she was ready to resume the battle. 

Dragila, 29-year-old had won the first ever title at the women Pole Vault contest in Seville with a leap at 4.60 meters setting meanwhile the world record. 

Recently Dragila set the new indoor mark at 4.62 meters in US Indoor Championships but missed her three attempts at 4.70 at Georgia Dome. 

"Stacy's been jumping really well lately so it's not really a surprise for me," said 25-year-old George from Perth Monday. 

"To be honest I thought last year it probably would've got broken because I had a lot of injuries and I was hoping to push the record up a bit." 

George said their rivalry was a supportive, friendly one although the competition will be no less fierce because of it in the inaugural women's pole vault event at the Sydney Olympics. 

"I like Stacy quite a lot, she's great and lots of fun," George said. "It's not like we don't speak to each other. 

"Although we're still competing against each other, it's quite sociable in a way but I know it's not going to be like that at the Olympics. 

"When we do all the grand prix we have a bit of fun too," – (Several Sources)

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