BEIJING (AP) With a strange choice for background music blaring around the Bird’s Nest, Yarisley Silva attempted to clear 5.01 meters in the pole vault shortly after winning her first gold medal at the world championships.The song, ”Another One Bites the Dust” by Queen, didn’t affect her.For Silva, the only thing biting the dust was the self-doubt that had crept into her pre-vault routine. She clinched the title on her third and final attempt at 4.90, ensuring she beat 2011 world champion Fabiana Murer of Brazil. The shot at 5.01 was just a no-pressure bid for a personal record and to equal the championship mark.”It was my hardest and most tense competition. I enjoyed myself, but I also suffered greatly,” Silva said, crying. ”It’s been a very hard year, where I had to battle psychological issues throughout. I had problems holding on to the pole and starting my jumps, getting my head right. The doctors helped me a lot to overcome them.”The 28-year-old Cuban didn’t win easily, though, coming within one jump of going out at 4.70 and 4.90, each time when Murer had either cleared the height or still had another attempt. Four competitors had been flawless up to… Read full this story
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