Sidorova feeling the groove

Sidorova feeling the groove
European Athletics

Russia's Anzhelika Sidorova won pole vault gold ahead of Greece's Ekaterini Stefanidi and compatriot Angelina Zhuk-Krasnova with bronze on 14 August in Zurich.

Anzhelika Sidorova has set herself up to become a double European champion.

And if a legacy was needed in the wake of her fellow Russian pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva announcing she is retiring next year, then it is arriving in the form of this 23-year-old.

Sidorova won gold at the European Athletics Championships in Zurich in August and now - and excuse the pun - she finds herself very much in pole position to repeat that glory at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Prague in just over two weeks.

With a vault of 4.75m on Tuesday on the first day of the Russian Indoor Championships in Moscow, Sidorova soared to the top of the European Athletics rankings as she beat Anastasiya Savchenko and Angelina Zhuk-Krasnova who both finished on 4.60m.

What’s more, it was also her overall personal best and she now leads the rankings by four centimetres from Marion Flack, of France.Isinbayeva, the double Olympic champion, is of course some act to follow in a career where she holds the outdoor world record of 5.06m and is second on the indoor lists with 5.01m.

But Sidorova is making good strides, as she showed in Zurich when she won in the most dramatic of circumstances on her third and final attempt at 4.65m.

See her third attempt at 4.65m in slow motion:

Now she has gone even higher. Next stop Prague.