08 novembre, 2018

Morris' Magical 5 Metre Moment

  • © Giancarlo Colombo

  • © Giancarlo Colombo

She may not have won the Diamond Trophy back in 2016, but Sandi Morris had a night to remember in the Diamond League Final, clearing 5m to beat Katerina Stefanidi and set a new Diamond League record.

Morris had begun her IAAF Diamond League campaign in style in 2016, beating Katerina Stefanidi in Doha to take an early lead in the standings. 

Yet the Greek would hit back with a string of victories, building up an unassailable lead at the top and going on to win gold at the Olympic Games in Rio. 

Despite missing out on both Olympic gold and the Diamond Trophy, Morris was out to show that she could compete with Stefanidi. In Brussels, with the women's pole vault a non-scoring event, she did just that, and in some style. 

Having set a meeting record at 4.94m, Morris watched as Stefanidi failed to clear that mark, meaning victory was assured for the American star. 

Yet for good measure, and perhaps more out of hope than conviction, Morris decided to attempt 5 metres on her own, and was handsomely rewarded, edging over the bar and landing with a look of stunned elation plastered across her face. 

Her celebrations were almost cut short as she noticed the bar was still wobbling, yet Morris, hands clasped together in prayer, watched gratefully on as the bar came to rest and her 5 metre jump was made official. 

It was not only the first time she herself had cleared the mark, but also the first time anyone had done so in the Diamond League.