Katerina Stefanidi wins women’s garden pole vault challenge

Stefanidi has a better staff of 4.91m

Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi won the women's edition of the “garden pole vault challenge”.

The Greek completed 34 successful jumps compared to 30 by American Katie Nageotte and 21 by Canadian Alysha Newman.

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The bar was set four meters away for the trio, who competed for two 15-minute passes on the local tracks.

"My arms were tired in the end," said Stefanidi, who won gold at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

In the male version, two weeks ago, Frenchman Renaud Lavillenie, who conceived the match, and Swedish Armand Duplantis released a five-meter bar 36 times.

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Asked if she would face Lavillenie and Duplantis, Stefanidi said: "I would, but it will take me three weeks to recover.

"The men were competing 1.2 m below their best, while we competed 90 cm below ours, so we would have to adjust the heights. But yes, give me three weeks and I will."

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