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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Feofanova Vaults to New Record

VIENNA, Austria -- New European indoor pole vault champion Svetlana Feofanova denied she was emulating the great Sergei Bubka after she broke the world record by one centimeter for the fifth time this season.

Russia's Feofanova, a former gymnast, cleared 4.75 meters for one of two world records set on the final day of the European Indoor Championships on Sunday.

Joining her in the record books was Slovenia's Jolanda Ceplak, who broke the second oldest indoor world track record in women's athletics when she clocked one minute, 55.82 seconds to win the 800 meters final.

Feofanova had jumped the previous pole vault best of 4.74 in Lievin, France on Feb. 24.

Ukrainian world record holder Bubka, now retired, set 30 men's world records -- 14 outdoors and 16 indoors -- and was famous for increasing them by one centimeter at a time.

When asked whether she was following his trend, the 21-year-old said: "Another one centimeter world record? No, this is not my decision. This is in the hands of the officials who move the bar.

"This moment is very important as it is my first gold at a major championships and will give me extra confidence," added the petite Feofanova, who is only 1.63 meters tall.

Ceplak shaved more than half a second off the previous 800 meters best of 1:56.40 set by Christine Wachtel of the former East Germany in the Austrian capital in 1988.

The only women's indoor track world record that has lasted longer is the 400 meters best of 49.59 run by Czech Jarmila Kratochvilova in 1982.

The 25-year-old Ceplak beat defending champion Stephanie Graf of Austria in a race that was so fast Graf also finished within the old record in 1.55.85.

Ceplak, who shares the same manager as the Austrian athlete, said that getting close to the record had been her main goal.

"A fast race was convenient for both of us, so I went for it telling myself if I die, I die. The result is definitely the consequence of the hard preparation I had this winter," said Ceplak, who was fourth behind Graf at the championships in Ghent two years ago.

Also on Sunday, Poland's Marek Plawgo broke his own championship record to win the men's 400 meter title at the European Indoor Athletic Championships.

Plawgo, 21, who overtook Sweden's Jimisola Laursen in the final few meters for gold, crossed the line in 45.39 seconds -- 0.2 seconds faster than the record he set in Saturday's semifinals.

Laursen took the silver in 45.59 and Ioan Vieru of Romania the bronze in 46.17.