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