Stefanidi adds women's pole vault world title to Olympic gold

Monday August 7 2017

Greece's Ekateríni Stefanídi wins gold in the final of the women's pole vault at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017. PHOTO | ANDREJ ISAKOVIC |

Greece's Ekateríni Stefanídi wins gold in the final of the women's pole vault at the 2017 IAAF World Championships at the London Stadium in London on August 6, 2017. PHOTO | ANDREJ ISAKOVIC |  AFP

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LONDON

Greece's Olympic champion Ekaterina Stefanidi won the women's pole vault at the IAAF World Championships in London on Sunday.

The 27-year-old vaulted a national record of 4.91 metres for victory in a compelling competition. She failed three times at what would have been a championship record of 5.02m.

American Sandi Morris, the world indoor champion and Olympic silver medallist on countback from Stefanidi in Rio last year, claimed silver with a best of 4.75m, failing once at 4.82 and twice at 4.89.

Robeilys Peinado of Venezuela and Cuba's Yarisley Silva, the defending world champion, shared bronze, with joint bests of 4.65m.