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BY STUART WEIR
 
A great pole vault competition.
 
There have been many great events this weekend but it is hard to think of a more exciting competition than the Women's Pole vault. Christian Coleman had to "work" for just over 6 seconds to win his 60m gold medal. Sandi Morris was out there for 3 hours to win hers.
 
Two streaks came to an end. Katerina Stefanidi, the reigning World outdoor and Olympic champion, was finally beaten after a winning streak of 19 competitions. Sandi Morris broke a less welcome streak - silver at the Worlds Championships (indoor and outdoor) and the Olympics.
 
Pole vault involves running with a pole and vaulting over a high bar. It involves a lot more than that! An elite competition is often two competitions in one, with the event over for some athletes before others have started. When Stefanidi entered the competition at 4.70, others had been jumping for an hour and a quarter. When Stefanidi cleared 4.70 and moved on to 4.75, only six competitors of the original 12 were still standing - or still vaulting.
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BY LARRY EDER
 
Today, we are writing about World Champion Sam Kendricks, who is focused on the World indoor Championships in Birmingham!
 
Sam Kendricks was undefeated in the pole vault in 2017. He ended the season with the gold medal in the pole vault from the London World Athletics Championships with his 5.95 meters, 19' 6.25 "
 
Kendricks is a student of the vault, having vaulted 25 years under the thoughtful direction of his father. He is also one of the most liked athletes in the sport. An interview with Sam Kendricks is a very positive experience. The first LIeutenant, U.S. Army reserve is polite, answers questions and is always positive. He gets competition, and thrives on it as well.
 
Watching Sam's development has been fascinating. Kendricks won his first US title in 2014, after winning NCAA pole vault titles in 2013 and 2014 for the University of Mississipi. This was after two state titles in high school in Mississipi. The Oxford, Mississippi High School graduate lettered in cross country, track and field and soccer.
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Tuesday, 20 June 2017 02:21

Sandi Morris: The View From 5.00 Meters

By Dave Hunter

 

When Sandi Morris sailed over 5.00 meters/16’5” in last year’s Diamond League pole vault final in Brussels, she became only the third woman in history to conquer that mythical height. It was a clearance that clinched for Morris Track & Field News’ #1 world pole vault ranking and was the perfect capper for Morris’ 2016 breakout year. It was quite a year indeed for the young South Carolina native who just four years earlier was a bundle of unharnessed potential utilizing unrefined technique to clear 4.15 meters/13’ 7¼”.

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