It was a Rio rematch as Olympic silver medalist Sandi Morris (Greenville, South Carolina) cleared each of the first four heights – 4.45/14-7.25, 4.55/14-11, 4.65/15-3, and 4.75/15-7 – on her first attempt, as did Olympic gold medalist Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece.
Morris was up first at 4.82m/15-9.75, missing on her first attempt. When Stefanidi cleared the height, with a heavy brush on the bar on the way down, Morris passed to 4.89m/16-0.5, hoping a clearance at that height with two attempts would give her the gold. Morris was unable to clear, giving her silver, while Stefanidi secured the gold. “I’m going to use this other silver medal to continue to motivate me to even greater heights,” Morris said.
Stefanidi then raised the bar to a national-record height of 4.91/16-1.25, which she cleared on her first attempt.