Greenville’s Sandi Morris qualified for the women’s pole vault final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Morris vaulted twice, easily clearing marks of 14 feet 6 inches and 14-9 to be among the 12 women who will compete for a medal on Friday.

“Today has been amazing,” Morris said. “I accomplished everything that I had wanted to coming out here. Just to have clean attempts at bars and to make it into finals with ease, I got that done.”

The Greenville High graduate is tied for fifth place heading into the event finals.

Morris said competing in last year’s World Championships at Beijing prepared her for the Olympics.

“Huge stadium, lots of fans, and kind of a foreign situation,” Morris said. “It’s very different being in a meet in the U.S. versus overseas anywhere. Numbers are in metrics, some officials don’t speak English, they don’t call out who’s up, who’s on deck and who’s in the hole, so you just have to know where you are in line.”

Greenville’s Sandi Morris qualified for the women’s pole vault final at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Morris vaulted twice, easily clearing marks of 14 feet 6 inches and 14-9 to be among the 12 women who will compete for a medal on Friday.

“Today has been amazing,” Morris said. “I accomplished everything that I had wanted to coming out here. Just to have clean attempts at bars and to make it into finals with ease, I got that done.”

The Greenville High graduate is tied for fifth place heading into the event finals.

Morris said competing in last year’s World Championships at Beijing prepared her for the Olympics.

“Huge stadium, lots of fans, and kind of a foreign situation,” Morris said. “It’s very different being in a meet in the U.S. versus overseas anywhere. Numbers are in metrics, some officials don’t speak English, they don’t call out who’s up, who’s on deck and who’s in the hole, so you just have to know where you are in line.”

 

 

 

From: http://www.greenvilleonline.com/story/sports/2016/08/16/live-sandi-morris-competes-pole-vault-qualifications/88810790/

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