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Athletics Weekly - - Iaaf World Champs 2017 -

IN her first world fi­nal, Ka­te­rina Ste­fanidi en­joyed a far eas­ier victory than she had in the Olympics. En­ter­ing at 4.65m, a first time clear­ance at 4.82m would have been enough for gold, with no else go­ing higher than 4.75m, but she also cleared a world-lead­ing 4.91m first time too.

Sur­pris­ingly 4.65m was good enough for bronze.

Holly Bradshaw, who had cleared 4.81m this sea­son, also cleared 4.65m but only at the third at­tempt and she fin­ished sixth. That equalled Bri­tain’s best ever po­si­tion, pre­vi­ously achieved by Kate Den­ni­son in 2009.

Some felt Bradshaw’s speed on the run­way could be im­proved and she seemed too re­liant on her coach be­fore each jump.

Ka­te­rina Ste­fanidi:

Hel­las heaven

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