Originally posted January 8, 2020
Reposted July 25, 2022
This is from our 2019 WC Doha Press Diary. Each medal presser in Doha 2019 was filmed and edited by The Shoe Addicts. I like the medal pressers as it gives the athletes a chance to put their careers in perspective. Remember, this was pre-pandemic.
The women’s pole vault is one of the bright spots of the sport of athletics. The competition in Doha had six women over 4.80 meters. The battles between Siderova and Morris, who cleared the same five heights on first attempts, 4.50m to 4.70m, 4.80m, 4.85m, and 4.90m. Stefanidi cleared 4.50m and 4.70m on the first attempts, then took 2 attempts at 4.80m and 4.85m. Olympic champion Stefanidi missed at 4.90 one time and took her final two attempts at 4.95m, missing and taking bronze.
Sidorova took 3 attempts at 4.95m to clear 4.95m on her final attempt. Morris took 3 attempts and did not clear 4.95m, taking the silver.
The women’s pole vault is a truly global event. Sidorova is a tough competitor, and Morris came close but will need to up the game to take gold. Stefanidi is not to be underestimated.
Again, a good presser to see American, Russian and Greek views of the pole vault and also women in sports.
To see the final competition results, go to: https://media.aws.iaaf.org/competitiondocuments/pdf/6033/AT-PV-W-f—-.RS6.pdf?v=856451181
Special thanks to The Shoe Addicts (Mike Deering, video production, Adam Johnson Eder, photography).