World and Olympic pole vault champion Katerina Stefanidi usually knows from the instant she leaves the ground if her jump will be a success.

“I know usually the second I take off if I am going to make the bar or not,” Stefanidi said during a press conference in Birmingham to launch the 13 reports from the world-first IAAF biomechanics study that was conducted at last year’s World Indoor Championships at the same venue.

The IAAF’s partner in the project, Leeds Beckett University, used 28 high-speed cameras to study 13 events at the championships in minute detail, including the women’s pole vault final, which they had also examined in their ground-breaking study at the IAAF World Championships London 2017.

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