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.
"This was the real comeback," she said. "This happened because of my dear coach who made me realize that this is my level."
Holly Bleasdale of Britain was second and Yarisley Silva of Cuba third, both clearing 15-5¾.
Isinbayeva hasn't won at a major championship since successfully defending her Olympic gold medal in Beijing four years ago.
She failed to make the podium at the world championships in South Korea, finishing sixth. At the 2009 worlds in Berlin, the Russian failed to win a third consecutive gold after a final in which she failed to clear a single height.
Isinbayeva said she didn't know if this record performance signaled a return to...