Brazil and host nation Italy both came away with two gold medals from Thursday’s athletics track and field events at the 2019 FISU Summer Universiade in Naples.

There were eight finals held at the Stadio San Paolo and Italy were winners in the women’s pole vault and 100m hurdles, while Brazil also came away with two golds from the track in the men’s 400m hurdles and 200m sprint.

In the women’s pole vault final, there were two Italians in the form of Roberta Bruni and Sonia Malavisi in contention for gold. Although Bruni’s first attempt at 4.21 was disappointing, her second saw her clear the bar nicely where as Malavisi did not clear her second attempt but eventually did manage the third.

After six vaulters’ attempts, no one had cleared 4.31 until USA’s Rachel Baxter did to set the challenge for the others and Bruni did so clearing on her second attempt. Bruni was then the first to attempt 4.41 and finally won gold with 4.46 to the delight of the fans. Baxter won silver with 4.41 and her compatriot Bridget Antionette Guy taking bronze.

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