Stevens was virtually unchallenged as she successfully defended her women’s discus crown, while Marschall edged out Canada’s Shawn Barber to win gold in the men’s pole vault final.

Marschall, a rising star of men’s pole vaulting, faced a tougher challenge when he needed to clear 5.70m on his third and final attempt to clinch the gold.

As predicted, the competition resulted in a showdown between Marschall and the 2015 world champion Barber when they were the only vaulters left in the final after both clearing 5.55 metres.

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