Sandi Morris brought the 2016 IAAF Diamond League to a fitting conclusion at the second of this season’s finals in Brussels earlier this month.

The US pole vaulter was the last athlete in action in the 14-meeting series, with everyone else having finished competing in the Belgian capital, and she had the eyes of the King Baudouin Stadium trained upon her as she made three attempts at a world record height of 5.07m.

“It was the coolest feeling ever because I was the last person competing on the night and everyone was still in the stands. Whether it was because of me or whether it was because there was a fireworks show afterwards, who knows?” she joked down the telephone line from her current home in Fayetteville, Arkansas.

“Having so many thousands of people, 44,000 people clapping me – more than at the Olympics – was unbelievable. But, to be honest, in the moment, I was so focused that I didn’t even realise that the meet was over. I have tunnel vision and I’m so focused during meets that I almost didn’t realise what was going on around me.

“It was only at my second attempt at 5.07m that I realised that nothing else was going on and all those people were cheering and clapping for me.

“It was a very weird feeling but a very cool feeling. I couldn’t have asked for a better way to finish the season.”


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