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Will illness sideline WNY Olympian?

Qualifier set for Tuesday, final on Wednesday
Posted at 11:03 PM, Aug 15, 2016

Jenn Suhr's voice is gone.

But defending Olympic pole vault champion Suhr hopes to be well enough to compete in Olympic qualifying Tuesday.

"It's looking rough right now," her coach/husband Rick Suhr said. "Pretty sick right now."

He added that "we have to jump" Tuesday. The final is Wednesday.

Already missing from the field is Yelena Isinbayeva, the world-record holder who's among the 67 Russian track and field athletes not allowed to compete after an investigation revealed a culture of widespread, state-sponsored doping within the country's program.

Suhr, of Riga, N.Y., recently said she'd like to see her biggest rival in the field at the Rio de Janeiro Games.

Suhr won a silver medal for the U.S. in the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing, and a gold medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, the Democrat & Chronicle reported.