Soviet pole vaulter Sergei Bubka lost and regained his world record within five minutes at an athletics meeting in Rome on August 31.
1. GV Stadium holding Golden Gala Athletics meeting in Rome 0.03
2. GV Frenchman Thierry Vigneron pole vaults to new world record of 5.91 metres. Crowd applauds (2 shots) 0.45
3. GV Soviet pole vault champion Sergei Bubka betters Vigneron's new record with vault of 5.94 metres.Scoreboard (2 shots) 1.04
4. GV Men's 400 metres hurdles with Ed Moses of United States winning 1.34
5. GV Women's 100 metres won by USA's Evelyn Ashford 1.52
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Background: ROME, ITALY
Soviet pole vaulter Sergei Bubka lost and regained his world record within five minutes at an athletics meeting in Rome on August 31. France's Thierry Vigneron cleared 5.91 metres at his second attempt, bettering Bubka's record by one centimetre. But minutes later, Bubka reclaimed the record with a vault of 5.94 metres at the first attempt. The two athletes have long been rivals. Vigneron held the record with 5.85 metres until July when Bubka cleared 5.90 metres in London. Vigneron performed disappointingly at the Los Angeles Olympics, where he finished fourth with a vault of 5.60 metres. Bubka did not compete at Los Angeles, due to the Soviet boycott of the games. In other events at the Golden Gala meeting, Olympic champion and world record holder Ed Moses of the United States celebrated his 109th successive win in the 400 metres hurdles. Moses' time as 48.01 seconds, compared to his Olympic gold medal-winning time of 47.75 seconds. Evelyn Ashford of the US won the women's 100 metres. Her time - 10.93 seconds ahead of her Los Angeles gold medal-winning time of 10.97, was itself an Olympic record.
Source: REUTERS - ANGELO FIORI