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Event Report - Girl' Pole Vault Final

Ekaterini Stefanidi, of Greece, won gold on countback from Venezuela’s Keisa Monterola after the two pre-event favourites both cleared a championship record 4.30m.

The previous best mark had stood at 4.10m, to Russia’s Yelena Isinbayeva, who ironically set a world senior record the same day.

Stefanidi had a shaky start, failing her opening at height of 3.90m at the first attempt. However, she got back on track with first-time clearances at 4.00m, 4.10m, 4,15m, 4.20m, 4.25m and 4.30m.

Both Stefanidi and Monterola failed three times at a new world youth best of 4.35m but it was ultimately Monterola’s one failure at each of 4.15m and 4.30m that was her undoing.

China’s Shuo Yu was third after attaining a best height of 4.20m.

Germany’s Elizaveta Rysih, the world junior champion who was attempting to become the first person to defend a world youth title, was only fifth with 4.05m.