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Leleux Romero unable to clear first height in Women's Pole Vault final at Tokyo Olympics

USA's Nageotte grabs gold in competition
Tokyo Olympics Athletics
Posted at 4:00 AM, Aug 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-05 08:13:33-04

New Iberia native Morgann Leleux Romero was unable to secure an Olympic medal for the United States on Thursday during the Women's Pole Vault Final.

Leleux Romero received No Mark and was out of the competition after failing to clear her first height of 4.50 meters in all three attempts.

American teammate Katie Nageotte claimed the gold medal at Thursday's event clearing a final height of 4.90 meters.

Anzhelika Sidorova of the Russian Olympic Committee earned silver and Great Britain's Holly Bradshaw earned bronze. Both had a final result of 4.85 meters.

The finals began at 5:00 am Central Standard Time (7:00 pm in Japan) on Thursday, August 5 at the Ariake Arena in Tokyo.

One other jumper, Canada's Anicka Newell, was unable to clear the 4.50 meter height during the finals.

On Monday, Leleux qualified for a spot in the finals after clearing a height of 4.55 meters (14 feet, 11 inches) on her third attempt.

Leleux said in an Instagram post on Monday following qualifying that she has a partial tear in her Achilles. She said the injury was not bad enough to fully tear and that it was not stopping her from realizing her Olympic dream.

“I feel very confident and soo dang grateful,” she said. “All this love and support is so humbling. I feel so loved and ready to make everyone proud come Thursday. Going to leave my heart on that field and just fly.”

Leleux’s personal best and seasonal best is 4.70 meters.

Another Acadiana native, Armand “Mondo” Duplantis, took home the gold medal for Sweden during the Men’s Pole Vault final on Tuesday.

Duplantis cleared each height on his first attempt, only passing on two heights.

His final height clearance of 6.02 meters, a centimeter short of the Olympic Record, was enough to give him the gold after Christopher Nilsen of the United States failed to clear the height in all three of his attempts.

Read more on Mondo’s gold medal win, here.

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