Daegu: Cuban Athlete Makes History in Pole Vaulting

Seoul, Aug 29. -Lazaro Borges has set a landmark in the history of Cuban pole-vaulting by winning the silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Daegu.In an remarkable performance, Borges set a Cuban record of 5.90 meters, 15 centimeters higher than his previous personal best mark.

Borges, 25, jumped over 5.65 meters in his first attempt, then over 5.75 mts in the third attempt, and later astonishingly surpassed 5.85 mts in the first attempt, and finally assured the silver by flying over the 5.90 mark.

Polish Pawel Wojciechowski jumped the same height, 5.90, but won the gold as he reached it in one jump less than Borges. French Renaud Lavillenie (5.85) wrapped up the bronze, in spite of having the best pre-competition result (6.03).

Borges won the first medal for Cuba in pole vaulting in these kind of events. (Prensa Latina)