RIO DE JANEIRO – In her Olympic debut, Sandi Morris won a silver medal in women’s pole vault at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.
“I told myself that if I could get any medal today, I would be extremely happy,” Morris said. “I am so happy and blessed as it is so hard to make it to this position. To come away with a silver medal is absolutely phenomenal.”
Morris impressed throughout the event and nearly took home the gold medal. In the last jump at 4.90 meters, Morris nearly cleared the bar. However, a small misstep in her technique caused the bar to fall.
She tied with Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi at 4.85 meters. When Morris and Stefanidi each missed three attempts at 4.90 meters, Stefanidi was awarded the gold medal based on fewer misses throughout the competition.