Isinbayeva sets indoor pole vault world record

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STOCKHOLM (AP) -- Two-time Olympic champion Yelena Isinbayeva broke her indoor pole vault world record at the XL Galan meet Thursday, and Dayron Robles won the 60-meter hurdles after Liu Xiang was disqualified for a false start.

Isinbayeva cleared 16 feet, 5¼ on her second attempt at Globe Arena, topping her mark of 16-4¾ set in 2009 at Donetsk, Ukraine. Isinbayeva hasn't won at a major championship since successfully defending her Olympic gold medal in Beijing four years ago.

"I am so happy that I came back," Isinbayeva told the crowd. "I want to say thanks a lot to my coach and to my dear fans and the crowd. Thanks a lot today for your support."

Holly Bleasdale of Britain was second and Yarisley Silva of Cuba third, both clearing 15-5¾.

Earlier, Robles finished in 7.66 seconds to edge fellow Cuban Orlando Ortega by 0.02. Maksim Lynsha of Belarus was third in 7.73.

Liu, the 2004 Olympic champion, jumped the gun in only the second time the Chinese hurdler has raced Robles since last year's world championships in South Korea.

Liu beat Robles convincingly at the indoor meet at Birmingham, England, on Saturday, winning in 7.41 seconds with the Cuban 0.09 behind.

In the women's high jump, Russian world champion Anna Chicherova won by clearing 6-6¾ on her first attempt. Ebba Jungmark of Sweden was second and Olympic champion Tia Hellebaut of Belgium was third, both at 6-4¼.

Ukrainian world champion Olha Saladuha won the women's triple jump with a leap of 48-6¼. Yargeris Savigne of Cuba was next with 47-5¾ followed by Britain's Yamile Aldama in 47-4½.