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Suhr ready to defend gold, Zika not a concern

Posted at 9:42 PM, Jun 08, 2016
and last updated 2016-06-09 00:39:55-04

She won gold four years ago in London, now Jenn Suhr is ready for her medal defense in Rio.

The 34-year-old Fredonia native held a press conference on Wednesday in Churchville as she trains for the United States pre-Olympic Trials.

Suhr is the top-ranked pole vaulter in the world.

During her indoor season last January she set the world record jump of 16 feet, 6 inches.

She’s also recovering from achilles and calf injuries, which she suffered at the indoor world championships in March.

Suhr says the zika virus is a “zero factor” on her as she gets ready for Rio.

The U.S. pre-Olympic trials for women's pole vault begin on July 8.