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Olympic champion headlines another unique pole vault competition

Katerina Stefanidi

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece competes in the Women’s Pole Vault Final on Day 14 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium on August 19, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Alexander Hassenstein/Getty Images)

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Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, American Katie Nageotte and Canadian Alysha Newman will compete in the second Ultimate Garden Clash pole vault event during the coronavirus pandemic on Saturday.

The trio will gather virtually in a similar format as a men’s event two weeks ago -- Mondo Duplantis, Renaud Lavillenie and Sam Kendricks competed against each other from each’s home backyard pole vault by trying to clear five meters as many times as possible in 30 minutes.

Duplantis and Lavillenie shared the victory with 36 clearances.

Stefanidi, Nageotte and Newman will set their bars at four meters and face off between 12-1 p.m. ET, live streamed on World Athletics’ YouTube channel.

None of the women have the same backyard equipment as the men, so they’ll be at local training facilities in Athens, Marietta, Georgia, and Bolton, Ontario, respectively.

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