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Sandi Morris Wins World Pole Vault Silver After Epic Olympic Rematch

By Gary R. Blockus | Aug. 06, 2017, 5 p.m. (ET)

Sandi Morris competes in the women's pole vault at the 16th IAAF World Athletics Championships at the London Stadium on Aug. 4, 2017 in London.


Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris continued her upward climb by winning a silver medal in the women’s pole vault at the 2017 IAAF Track & Field World Championships in London on Sunday.

In what boiled down to a rematch from the Olympic Games Rio 2016, Morris set the bar high – but Ekaterina Stefanidi of Greece cleared it higher – as the pair matched their gold and silver medal performances from Rio.

Morris took the silver by clearing the bar at 4.82 meters, short of her season’s best 4.84 and personal best 5.00. Stefanidi set a personal best at 4.91, but missed three attempts at what would have been the championship meet record of 5.01 set by Russia’s Elena Isinbaeva in Helsinki in 2005.

In Rio, both Morris and Stefanidi cleared 4.85 meters, but Stefanidi won the gold medal because of fewer misses.

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In a tense battle between the two in London, the 25-year old Morris opened at 4.45 meters and cleared each height safely until her first miss at 4.82. Stefanidi, who came into the event with the year’s best performance, clearing 4.85 in June, passed until entering at 4.65. Both competitors cleared their first attempts at 4.75 and became the only women left in the competition.

Morris missed her first attempt at 4.82, but Stefanidi cleared it to take the lead and chased 4.89. Morris chased 4.89, but missed on all three attempts. Stefanidi missed her first attempt at 4.89 and when Morris missed out, upped it to 4.91 and cleared that height.

Morris is a graduate of the University of Arkansas, where she was a four-time All-American.

Gary R. Blockus is a journalist from Allentown, Pennsylvania who has covered multiple Olympic Games. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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