Greece’s Ekaterini Stefanidi won the Olympic pole vault on Friday and her country’s first athletics gold since the 2004 Athens Games, then defended its integrity after barred Russian Yelena Isinbayeva blasted the event as sub-par without her in the field.

Stefanidi cleared 4.85 metres to beat American Sandi Morris, who took silver.

“Every single athlete in there would have wanted her to be there and have a chance to beat her,” Stefanidi said of the two-time Olympic champion, who was excluded from the Rio Games as part of a mass ban on Russian athletes over a doping scandal.

“Things are how they are and we had nothing to do with it.”

 

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