Olympics-Athletics-American Nageotte overcomes shaky start to vault to gold
TOKYO :American Katie Nageotte needed a third and final attempt to clear her opening height but overcame the nervous start to win the Olympic women's pole vault gold medal on Thursday.The 30-year-old arrived in Tokyo in red-hot form with two world-leading marks of 4.95 metres and 4.93, but she struggled to ge
LinkedIn TOKYO :American Katie Nageotte needed a third and final attempt to clear her opening height but overcame the nervous start to win the Olympic women's pole vault gold medal on Thursday.Aug 4, 2021; Tokyo, Japan; Sydney McLaughlin (USA) celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's 400m hurdles final in a world record time during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at Olympic Stadium.Advertisement Sport Canada's Andre De Grasse added gold to a groaning collection of minor medals with victory in the 200 metres, Kenya went one-two in the men's 800m and Peruth Chemutai made history for Uganda on another scintillating night of Olympic athletics on Wednesday.Tokyo 2020 Olympics - Athletics - Men's Shot Put - Final - Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan - August 5, 2021.
The 30-year-old arrived in Tokyo in red-hot form with two world-leading marks of 4.95 metres and 4.Click to see the gallery.93, but she struggled to get over 4.Click to see the gallery.50 to register her opening mark in the final.90 set at the U."It was the worst warm-up I have had in a long time and I did an ugly first few jumps," she said.Ryan Crouser of the United States celebrates with his national flag after winning gold REUTERS/Hannah Mckay 05 Aug 2021 11:39AM.
"It took me a few heights to get into it, but I was just fighting and I finally found a smooth jump.trials in June.Advertisement Advertisement De Grasse, operating in the considerable shadow of Usain Bolt for most of his career, had won six bronze and two silver medals from global individual races and relays, but has been on fire in Tokyo.It came together." Nageotte's clearance of 4.58 and Femke Bol of the Netherlands took bronze in 52.90 at the second attempt was enough to secure victory, however, as Anzhelika Sidorova and Britain's Holly Bradshaw finished on 4."In 2016 I was a kid and inexperienced but now I have so many expectations to come away with medals," said 26-year-old De Grasse, who won silver behind Bolt in the 200m in Rio.85.The showdown between McLaughlin and Muhammad, 31, was among the most highly anticipated of the athletics programme at the Tokyo Games.
World champion Sidorova, representing the Russian Olympic Committee, cleared her first four vaults at the first attempt to take the silver ahead of Bradshaw.The pressure of competing in the Olympic final also showed on the other vaulters as the field was cut to four after the second round with the bar at 4.Emmanuel Korir and Ferguson Rotich delivered a Kenyan one-two in the men's 800m to make it four successive golds in the event for the East Africans.70.All four made it past the 4.80 mark too.Chemutai became the first Ugandan woman to win an Olympic gold in any sport with a finely-judged performance in the 3,000m steeplechase.
Greek Katerina Stefanidi, the gold medallist from Rio, was the first to drop out of medal contention when she failed to clear 4.85.A teary-eyed Nageotte returned to the field after climbing into the stands to celebrate with members of her team, attempting to set a new personal best at 5.Uganda have won only two other Olympic golds, both in men's athletics, in 1972 and 2012.01.She gave up after her first failed attempt, however, wrapping herself in her country's flag before taking a full lap of the track with the other medallists.
"It hasn't even begun to sink in yet.The 21-year-old finished strongly to clock 51.This is the biggest dream I have ever had for myself.And here I am living the dream," she said."This is about as good as I could feel.S.We've all been through so much with COVID and everything, I'm really grateful.
" It was redemption for Bradshaw, who finished sixth in the 2012 London Games and fifth five years ago in Rio.She also came fourth at the 2019 world championships in Doha but made amends for her previous near misses to claim Britain's first Olympic medal in women's pole vault.58, with Dutchwoman Femke Bol running a European record of 52.(Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; editing by Hugh Lawson/Ed Osmond/Ken Ferris) Source: Reuters.
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