LONDON – NCAA outdoor pole vault record-holder Sandi Morris kept her podium dreams alive, posting three perfect bar clearances on Friday evening in the preliminary round of competition at the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London.

Passing on the first height, Morris opened with an easy up-and-over at 4.35m/14-3 1/4 — a relatively low starting bar for the seasoned professional. She was rewarded for her conservative approach with an established rhythm, leading to two more effortless clearances at 4.50m/14-9 and 4.55m/14-11 1/4, which earned her a trip to the event final.

“I feel experienced,” Morris said. “When I was out there today I didn’t feel nervous. I felt confident and ready and I plan on carrying that over to the final.”

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