BEIJING, China – USATF Championships silver medalist Sandi Morris put on quite the show for spectators at the Bird’s Nest (Beijing National Stadium) during the afternoon session on day five of the 2015 IAAF World Championships.
With over half of her competitors entering the finals with higher personal best clearances than her the odds were stacked against Morris to even finish in the top eight of the event.
Resolute in her pursuit for success Morris opened up the competition as the first vaulter, with a first-attempt clearance at 4.35m/14-3.25. The NCAA outdoor record-holder continued to soar over the heights that followed in similar fashion, poised and efficient under pressure on the world championship stage. By 4.70m/15-5 she was one of only four vaulters without any misses.
One of seven athletes to move on to 4.80m/15-9 Morris exited the competition following a final attempt which saw her clear the bar only to clip it on her descent to the mat. Morris finished as fourth in the world in her world championships final debut.
On the track for the Razorbacks #ProHogs Veronica Campbell-Brown saw action the first round of the 200-meter dash. Coming off a fourth-place finish at 100 meters Campbell-Brown returned to form to win heat five and gain the auto-qualifier in 22.79. In jeopardy of losing her spot due to an apparent lane violation during her race it was determined that Campbell-Brown had not impeded the progress of Great Britain’s Margaret Adeoye. She will compete next in tomorrow’s semifinals.
Sandi Morris Progressions
2015 IAAF World Championships time in central standard
Thursday, Aug. 27
Women’s 200m semis | 6:35 a.m. – Veronica Campbell-Brown
Friday, Aug. 28
Women’s 200m finals | 8:00 a.m. – Veronica Campbell-Brown*
(Day 8 locally)
Women’s 4×400 | 9:15 p.m. – Regina George
Women’s 4×100 | 11:00 p.m. – Veronica Campbell-Brown
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