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Stanford grad Stefanidi claims world pole vault title

 

Stanford grad Katerini Stefanidi won the women's pole vault title at the IAAF World Track and Field Championships in London on Sunday.

The world leader and Olympic gold medalist cleared the bar at 16-1 (4.91 meters), a national record and a personal best. American Sandi Morris was second in 15-5 (4.75 meters).


Katerina Stefanidi
"I think this result really shows that my coach is a genius, he really knows what he is doing,” Stefanidi told the IAAF. “He prepares me physically and mentally. I am responding well to the training and to the competition so I am very excited for that."

Stefanidi, who celebrated by dancing with a Greek flag to 'Zorba the Greek,' completed a trifecta of gold medals. She holds the European championship and the gold medal from the Rio Olympics in addition to her world championship.

Stefanidi failed on all three of her attempts to clear 5.02, which would have given her the championship record.

"We wanted the championship record. But it was a big thing to improve my record and to break two records was just too much for me," Stefanidi said. "Once I win, I usually do not jump higher."

Stefanidi went just under 15-0 nearly five years to the day at the same stadium during the 2012 Olympics.

— Palo Alto Online Sports/IAAF Track

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