Yelena Isinbayeva of Russia broke her own world record in the women's pole vault yesterday, clearing 16 feet 2 inches at the Athletissima Grand Prix track meet in Lausanne, Switzerland.

The Olympic champion set the previous world record of 16-13/4 in Brussels last September.

The 22-year-old Isinbayeva said she was glad to break the record but wasn't surprised with the result.

"I was ready to be here. I was in good form," Isinbayeva said after recording her 14th pole vault world record. "It was perfect."

She said she would try to become the first woman to break the five-meter mark (16-43/4) this year.

Isinbayeva, who smashed the indoor world record in each of her four appearances this winter, succeeded in breaking this outdoor world record on her third attempt. She quickly leapt back onto her feet and began jumping up and down on the mat, her long ponytail flying, as the frenzied crowd drowned out the announcer with their cheers.

Isinbayeva set the indoor world record by jumping 16-3/4 at the European Indoor Championships in March in Madrid.

She set the outdoor world record of 16-11/4 when she won gold at the Athens Olympics. She then raised that to 16-13/4 Sept. 3. Former Olympic champion Stacy Dragila was second with a jump of 15-1.

-- From News Services