Stefanidi gets 34 clearances
ATHENS (GRE): Olympic champion Katerini Stefanidi won womenÂ´s Ultimate Garden Clash pole vault event. The Greek, at her local track in Athens, cleared the 4.00m bar 34 times within the 30 minutes to win the three-way remote clash. USA’s Katie Nageotte achieved 30, while Canada’s Alysha Newman went over 21 times. In 39C heat, Stefanidi completed 19 clearances in the first 15 minutes before the five-minute break. She went through the first half without any failures and only had her second with a few minutes to go. “I had so much fun,” said Stefanidi. “I was very excited after the first half because I had 19. I thought I could take two fewer jumps in the second half and still match the guys’ winning score, but then I missed two jumps. It was also so hot that my hands were sweating which made it difficult to get a good grip.” From World Athletics.