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Team USA’s Morris takes silver in women’s pole vault, Greece’s Stefanidi gold

Athletics - Olympics: Day 14

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 19: Sandi Morris of the United States celebrates winning silver 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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Less than three months after fracturing a bone in her wrist while competing at an international meet, American Sandi Morris took silver in the pole vault competition.

Morris, the American record holder in the pole vault, registered a best attempt of 15 feet, 11 inches which was equal to that of Greece’s Ekaterina Stefanidi. But with Stefanidi having one less missed attempt, she gets the gold medal and Morris the silver. Stefanidi’s gold is the first-ever for Greece in the pole vault, and Morris is the fourth American woman to medal in the event.

Taking bronze was Eliza McCartney of New Zealand, whose best vault measured out at 15 feet, nine inches high.

American Jennifer Suhr finished tied for seventh with reigning world champion Yarisley Silva of Cuba with a best vault of 15 feet, one inch.