Money on the line

The Province - - SPORTS / AMATEUR SPORTS - — Dan Barnes

Cana­dian Alysha New­man, who is turn­ing into a bank­able star on the pole vault cir­cuit, hopes to bank some big coin in the fi­nal event of her dream sea­son.

On Fri­day, the 23-yearold from Lon­don, Ont., and 11 other women will be jump­ing for a $50,000 US first prize at the Di­a­mond League Fi­nal in Brus­sels, Bel­gium. There’s also $20,000 for sec­ond, $10,000 for third, and it trick­les down to $2,000 for eighth.

Eka­terini Ste­fanidi of Greece tops the field with a sea­son best of 4.91 me­tres and should be the favourite to cart home the most cash. Also in the field is Amer­i­can Sandi Mor­ris, who has cleared 4.84 me­tres this year, while Yars­ley Silva of Cuba and Holly Bradshaw of the U.S. have made it over 4.81 me­tres. They are the only com­peti­tors with bet­ter per­for­mances than New­man’s Cana­di­an­record 4.75 me­tres this year.

“That gives me a great shot at top three and one through eight is great prize money,”

New­man said. “Ob­vi­ously one, two, or three would be great and would give me a chance to put some money in the bank.

“I try not to go in think­ing about the money be­cause I al­ways tell ev­ery­one even if I didn’t get paid do­ing this, I would still do it. I love do­ing it.”

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