Up­set Jenn with­draws from US cham­pi­onships

New Straits Times - - Sport -

World in­door pole vault record holder Jenn Suhr with­drew from the US cham­pi­onships on Satur­day, say­ing she was frus­trated with how Amer­i­can ti­tle meets are con­ducted.

“Sadly, I have cho­sen to stay home and not deal with the frus­tra­tions that are get­ting in­creas­ingly worse at U.S. Na­tion­als,” the 2012 Lon­don Olympic cham­pion said on her Face­book ac­count.

“Cham­pi­onship meets need to be ad­min­is­tered in a way that gives the spec­ta­tors the best com­pe­ti­tion while pro­vid­ing all com­peti­tors a fair and equal play­ing field pro­duc­ing the best re­sults,” added the 17-time US cham­pion.

Jenn had been sched­uled to meet Rio Olympic sil­ver medal­list Sandi Mor­ris in a high­light of yes­ter­day’s fi­nal day of the cham­pi­onships in Al­bu­querque, New Mex­ico.

“I have voiced my con­cern to no avail so in­stead of be­ing frus­trated and dis­cour­aged, I have cho­sen not to fight for another ti­tle,” she added.

Jenn was not im­me­di­ately avail­able for ad­di­tional com­ment.

She has been un­happy for some time at the size of fields for US cham­pi­onships and the pro­gres­sions for vault­ing, a per­son close to the world in­door cham­pion said.

Large fields and low start­ing heights lead to long waits for elite vaulters be­fore they start com­pe­ti­tions and be­tween jumps.

USA Track and Field (USATF) spokes­woman Jill Geer said qual­i­fy­ing stan­dards and pro­gres­sions for U.S. Cham­pi­onships are set by USATF sport com­mit­tees.

“Stan­dards are set the pre­vi­ous year, and pro­gres­sions are de­ter­mined af­ter the dec­la­ra­tion process to en­sure that the event pro­gresses in a way that is as timely and fair as pos­si­ble,” Jill said in an email, not­ing that events are con­ducted in ac­cor­dance with of­fi­cial com­pe­ti­tion rules.

Jenn Suhr

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