Tokyo, 05 Aug: Katie Nageotte of Team USA was the top performer in the Tokyo 2020 Olympic women’s pole vault finals while Anzhelika Sidorova of ROC scooped the silver and Britain’s Holly Bradshaw took bronze.
After a first round that saw so many vaulters struggle to get depth in the pit and clear the initial 4.50 height, Team USA’s Katie Nageotte kept her cool to take home the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) pole vault gold on 5 August at the Olympic Stadium.
She easily cleared the 4.50 that saw nine of her competitors go out of the competition before moving on to 4.80 – and finally taking home the laurels when she was able to clear the bar when it was raised to 4.90.
None of the other three athletes who reached past the opening round were able to clear the 4.95 height that Nageotte eventually went over — and so the gold went to United States’ representative who even had a run left to challenge for the world record (though unsuccessfully).
Anzhelika Sidorova of the ROC Team followed the American to the podium with the silver and Holly Bradshaw of Team Great Britain scooped the bronze.