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The Women’s Pole Vault features Ten global starts and lives up to the hype at 2023 Doha Diamond League!

The Women's Pole Vault features Ten global starts and lives up to the hype at 2023 Doha Diamond League!

Women’s Pole Vault

The women’s pole vault was absolutely stacked! Ten athletes, including:

  • Katie Nageotte, World, and Olympic title holder.
  • Aikaterini Stefanidi, herself a former world and Olympic Champion
  • Sandi Morris, twice world indoor champion and 4-time outdoor championship silver medalist (and keeper of reptiles)*
  • Holly Bradshaw, Olympic medalist 2021 but who lost most of last season when a pole break caused an injury.
  • Wilma Murto, 2022 European Champion
  • Alysha Newman, 2018 Commonwealth Champion
  • Nina Kennedy, 2022 Commonwealth Champion and Diamond League winner
  • Tina Sutej, who never seems to have bad competition.

Let the action begin!  

Holly Bradshaw, photo by Martin Bateman

Sadly before the action began, Holly Bradshaw was gone.  She tweeted: “Had some Achilles & calf stiffness during the warm-ups meaning I didn’t feel confident to push on the run. I didn’t take the decision of pulling out lightly, but it was the right thing for today”.  She explained more to me later: “It is disappointing because it should have been my return to action after a year. It is no secret that I have had up-and-down Achilles problems throughout the years. I’ve just been on a training camp in Turkey, which was going really well, but then my Achilles flared up slightly. I’ve rested now for about 10 days, hoping it will be OK, but I just really couldn’t push off the start of my run today, and it felt like it was cramping, and I didn’t feel safe to run.  So I just thought, ‘I’ve competed through so much pain in my whole career, but at this point of my career, I’m not prepared to do that’. So the hard decision of pulling out is what I made today”. Holly is one of those athletes who is always ready to talk on good days or bad.

Wilma Murto of Finland in action during the ATHLETICS – WOMEN’S POLE VAULT FINAL at Olympiastadion during the European Championships 2022 on August 17, 2022, in Munich, Germany. Photo: Daniel Kopatsch / Munich2022

Then we lost Wilma Murto with three failures at 4.45. Newman and Kennedy went at 4.55.  After 4.63, there were just three left, Morris, Nageotte, and Sutej, and only Morris had a perfect record. Nageotte cleared 4.76 at the first attempt. Sutej is at the second for a national record. Sandi Morris failed once and passed.  Only Nageotte cleared 4.81 for the win.

Katie Moon wins PV at USATF Indoors 2023, photo by Kevin Morris, all rights reserved.

Her official comment…

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