NEW YORK – The razor-close Olympic competition between Ekaterina Stefanidi of Greece and Sandi Morris in the women’s pole vault will be renewed during the 110th NYRR Millrose Games at The Armory’s New Balance Track & Field Center on February 11, 2017.
Last summer in Rio de Janiero, Stefanidi took the gold medal and Morris earned silver for USA after both women cleared 4.85 meters (15 feet, 11 inches). On count back, Stefanidi won a tiebreaker because she cleared 4.70m on her first attempt, while Morris needed two attempts.
After the Olympic Games, Morris, a former standout at the University of Arkansas, became the first American outdoors to clear five meters (16-4.75) and the second woman in history besides Russian Yelena Isinbaeva.
Stefanidi, 26, was a world youth champion back in 2005 and has been a presence on the European and global stages ever since.
Stefanidi will return to The Armory as the defending NYRR Millrose Games champion while Morris finished third last February.
The women’s pole vault at the NYRR Millrose Games will be named for John Catsimatidis, Manhattan businessman with interests in energy, real estate and supermarkets.
Also on the pole vault docket is a high school boys’ competition that is set to include Armand Duplantis of Lafayette, La., the national record holder.
Go to NYRRMillroseGames.org to learn more about the NYRR Millrose Games and to purchase tickets to the February 11th meet scheduled for noon to 6 p.m.
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