JapanKatie Nageotte didn’t start well, but still won the Tokyo 2020 women’s pole vault gold when she was the only athlete to conquer the 4.9 meter bar in the final evening of August 5.

Nageotte when conquering the bar of 4.9 meters to win a gold medal on the evening of August 5.  Photo: AP

Nageotte when conquering the bar of 4.9 meters to win a gold medal on the evening of August 5. Photo: AP

With this victory, Nageotte became the third American athlete to win an Olympic gold medal in women’s pole vault, after Jenn Suhr in London 2012 and Stacy Draglia in Sydney 2000. In addition to this trio, the US also has a silver medal from Sandi Morris in Rio 2016.

“This is the biggest dream I’ve ever had, and I’m living the dream. I’m so happy. We’re all going through a bad time because of Covid-19 and other things, and I’m so grateful to you. this gold medal,” Nageotte said after the competition.

In the final on the evening of August 5, Nageotte needed a third jump to conquer the first 4.5-meter bar – the level that eliminated two athletes. She also needed a second jump to get past the next 4.7 meters, before finding her form again and conquering the 4.8 meters and 4.85 meters on her first jump.

Anzhelika Sidorova made the best start of the 15 finalists. The 30-year-old Russian led the competition to the 4.85 metres, when it only took one jump to conquer the previous levels, 4.5 metres, 4.7 metres, 4.8 metres and 4.85s. meters.

After more than an hour of competition, the competition was left with only Nageotte, Sidorova and Holly Bradshaw. Here are three athletes who have conquered the 4.85 meters and continue to compete at the 4.9 meters.

Katerina Stefanidi also competed at the 4.9 meter bar. But the Greek athlete certainly did not have a medal, when he only conquered the bar of 4.8 meters and skipped 4.85 meters to compete with the three opponents. She failed in both jumps at 4.9 meters.

Katie is the only athlete to successfully conquer the 4.9 meter bar.  Photo: AFP

Katie is the only athlete to successfully conquer the 4.9 meter bar. Photo: AFP

At 4.9 meters, Bradshaw soon stopped when he failed after all three jumps, and Nageotte succeeded in the second jump. Sidorova, after failing twice, decided to try her hand at the 4.95 meter bar to surpass Nageotte’s achievement. When Sidorova tried to conquer the 4.95 meter pole, Nageotte even joined the other athletes to cheer for the Russian opponent in unison. However, Sidorova made an unsuccessful jump.

With one jump left, Nageotte tried at the 5.1 meter bar, but failed. Anyway, she still won the gold medal as the only one to conquer the 4.9 meter level. Silver medal went to Sidorova, Bradshaw won bronze and became the first British athlete to win an Olympic pole vault medal.

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