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Suhr named World Indoor Female Athlete

Posted at: 04/10/2013 6:58 AM
Updated at: 04/10/2013 5:04 PM
By: Robin De Wind

Riga's Jenn Suhr has been on an incredible run. She won a gold medal and set the world record in pole vault.  And now, Track and Field News, considered the top publication devoted to the sport, has named Jenn Suhr the World Indoor Female Athlete of the Year. Suhr is featured on May cover.

Suhr won gold in London during the Summer Olympic Games, and says she never experienced a lull. The high point of her indoor season came in March at the U.S. Indoor Championships in Albuquerque when she broke the world mark of 16 feet, 5 ¼ inches set last year by Yelena Isinbayeva.

Suhr says now she is training for her outdoor season which begins next week.

Jenn Suhr said, “Last year was a lot of pressure. I want to take advantage of enjoying and putting up good jumps that I'm capable of. Last year the pressure of the Olympics to win,  I wanted to jump as high as I could. We did the gold medal tour after the Olympics but when that was done, I was still competing. I'm ready for outdoor. I'm not burned out. I'm motivated and want to jump high and want to take advantage of that.”

There are eight outdoor events in the season which begins next week in Kansas, followed by the Drake Relays in Iowa at the end of the month.