Isinbayeva Sets Her 23rd World Mark

APYelena Isinbayeva clearing the bar at 5.04 meters to break her own world record in Monaco on Tuesday night.
MONACO -- Russian Yelena Isinbayeva broke her own women's world pole vault record Tuesday when she cleared 5.04 meters at her third attempt at the Monaco grand prix.

Isinbayeva, who bettered her previous mark of 5.03 meters set at the Rome Golden League meeting on July 11, recorded her 13th outdoor world record and 23rd overall on a warm, still night.

The Olympic and world champion, 26, had come close to vaulting 5.04 meters last Friday in London, where she cleared the bar with her third attempt but brought it down during her descent.

"The record just happened," Isinbayeva told reporters. "Monaco is my hometown, and it's my first competition [in Monaco] since I've been living here. That motivated me.

"I'm in a good shape, I just need to keep my condition that way until the Olympics. I wanted to improve my personal best and that's what I did. I see this world record first of all as a personal best."

Earlier, former world record holder Asafa Powell won his third-consecutive 100 meters race of the season in his last major meeting before the Beijing Olympics.

The Jamaican Commonwealth champion clocked 9.82 seconds, his best time this year. Only compatriot Usain Bolt, who took the world record from Powell on May 31, and American world champion Tyson Gay have run faster in 2008.

Neither Powell nor Gay were in Tuesday's race where American Darvis Patton finished second in 9.98, while Powell's compatriot and training partner Nesta Carter took third place in 10.02.

"I still have work to do on my finish, and I can do better than that," Powell told reporters. "I'm not really surprised by my time. There was no wind at all and with a slight headwind, it might have been faster. I'm feeling well, fresh."

"I believe I can," Powell added when asked whether he thought he could recapture the world record of 9.72 seconds set by Bolt in New York on May 31.