Katerina Stefanidi, of Greece, competes in the final of the women s pole vault at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)
TOKYO – In the final of the women’s pole vault, Greece’s 2016 Olympic gold medalist Katerina Stefanidi finished with a season best 4.80 meters, but finished in fourth place at the Tokyo Summer Olympics on August 5.
The 31-year-old Stefanidi in her third attempt reached 4.50m and 4.70m, with her second 4.80m, but she had an unsuccessful attempt at 4.85m, after which she attempted to continue at 4.90m, with two invalid attempts.
Meanwhile Greece’s Nikoleta Kyriakopoulou, 35, competing in her third Olympics, finished in 8th place along with four other athletes. She reached 4.50m, but did not manage to exceed 4.70m.
Katie Nageotte won an unexpected gold for the United States in the pole vault at the Olympics ahead of world champion Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia.
Nageotte failed on her first two attempts of the competition at 4.50 meters but improved from there to clinch her first major medal.
Sidorova took the silver at 4.85. Britain’s Holly Bradshaw won the bronze medal.
Nageotte cleared 4.90 at her third attempt in the medal-clinching round. Sidorova passed on her last chance at 4.90 and moved the bar to 4.95 but didn’t come close to clearing that.
Sidorova’s silver was the first medal in track and field at the Tokyo Games for the Russian team, which is competing under the Russian Olympic Committee name as a result of the country’s long-running doping scandal.
Material from the Associated Press was used in this report.
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