Stefanidi... On top of the world
Katerina Stefanidis has done it again, this time at the IAAF World Championships in London. The Greek pole vaulter won yet another gold medal registering a jump of 4.91 meters, a new Panhellenic record.
Katerina Stefanidis was crowned the world champion in the women’s pole vault after winning gold at the IAAF World Championships in London. The Greek athlete took flight jumping over 4.91 meters, breaking her own Panhellenic record which stood at 4.90 meter. The 26-year old added the only gold medal missing from her collection after winning gold at the 2016 European Championships and gold at the Rio Olympic Games last summer.
Stefanidis cleared her first attempts at 4.65 meters, 4.75 meters, and 4.82 meters while her main competitor for the gold, USA’s Sandy Morris, failed to clear 4.82 meters on her first attempt before failing twice at 4.89 meters leaving her in second place. Bronze went to Venezuela’s Peinado with a jump of 4.65 meters.
With Stefanidis having already won gold, she set the bar at 4.91 meters and broke her own Panhellenic record with her successful attempt. She then set the bar at 5.02 meters but did not clear the jump on her three attempts.
This is Greece’s fifth gold at the World Championships after Maniani in the Javelin in 1999 and 2003, Tsiamitas in the triple jump in 1999 and Kenteris in the 200 meter dash in 2001.