Olympic pole vault silver medallist – Anzhelika Sidorova created her own piece of history in the Letzigrund Stadium on Thursday night.
She sailed over 4.57m, 4.67m, 4.77m, 4.84m, 4.91m and 4.96m at the first time of asking and, though the mark of 5.01m proved to be rather more challenging, at the third attempt she cleared what was a Diamond League record-breaking and world-leading height.
She said: “I think this is really the right place to jump high. But coming to the stadium, I did not feel like it was coming today.
“I think we are all a bit tired already after a long season and in the warm up I did not feel 100% ready. I still cannot believe I got the five-metre barrier today.
“I really like jumping here because I have become a European champion here. It is a great stadium and great spectators and I am so happy I can share this moment with so many people in the stands. The trophy is very beautiful and important for me, especially after the Olympics.”
Former Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi was the next best with 4.77m while Tina Sutej beat Tokyo bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw on countback with a first time clearance at 4.67m.