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Katerina Stefanidi takes world pole vault title

The Greek athlete is now a Global and European champion plus an Olympic gold medalist

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07 August 2017

Katerina Stefanidi has gotten yet another gold medal in pole vault, after winning the Olympic title in Rio last summer and also marked a world-leading Greek record at the IAAF World Championships.

This was the fifth gold medal Greece has ever won in a World Championship.

Twenty-seven-year-old Stefanidi was the last to enter the competition at 4.65 metres on her first attempt and then went on to clear a 4.91 metres achieving the second best-ever winning mark and the fifth gold medal for Greece at a World Championship.

Twenty-seven-year-old Stefanidi started the jumps from the latter stages of the final, making 4.65 m., 4.75 m. and 4.82 m. with three first-time clearances. She also attempted a new world record at 5.02 metres but was unsuccessful.

Stefanidi finished 16 centimetres above competition on the night beating her main rival, American Sandi Morris hitting just below her personal best of 4.86 metres.

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