BRUSSELS (AP) — It is the way the bar trembles.
One moment, it falls and robs you of an Olympic gold medal.
On Friday, it stayed up and Sandi Morris joined the very exclusive 5-meter pole vaulting club.
In the highlight of the Van Damme Memorial meeting, it came to the last woman standing, and the bar at a height only Russian great Yelena Isinbayeva and American Jenny Suhr had reached.
With 40,000 fans at the King Baudouin Stadium cheering, grit, speed and agility only got Morris this far up — she touched the bar, again, and thought that just like at the Rio Games, it would fall and leave her crestfallen once more.
“I brushed it and I hit the mat and I just thought it was going to fall,” she said. Instead though, “the crowd went wild and I looked up and it was still there.”