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Review: Jennifer Suhr wins women’s pole vault in 2018 Prefontaine Classic (Includes first-hand account)

With a clearance of 4.85 meters, Suhr won first place, and simultaneously set a new meeting record, besting the Prefontaine meeting record from 2002 (where Stacy Dragila had jumped 4.72 meters). This annual competition is in memory of American track and field icon Steve Prefontaine.

Eliza McCartney from New Zealand came in second place with a new personal best of 4.85 meters, and American pole vaulter Sandi Morris came in third place with 4.70 meters. American pole vaulter Katie Nageotte finished in fourth place with 4.70 meters. Greek pole vaulter Katerina Stefanidi, who was the 2017 World Champion and 2016 Olympic gold medalist in Rio de Janeiro, came in seventh place with 4.60 meters.

Suhr is a two-time Olympic medalist for Team USA. She won the silver medal at the 2008 Summer Olympic Games in Beijing, and the gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. With a personal best of 5.03 meters, Suhr is the indoor world record holder in the women’s pole vault. Throughout her respected career in track and field, Suhr has won a total of 15 national championships in the United States, six of which were for the indoor track and field, and nine for outdoor track and field.

To learn more about Jennifer Suhr, follow her on Twitter.

Markos Papadatos
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Markos Papadatos is Digital Journal's Editor-at-Large for Music News. Papadatos is a Greek-American journalist and educator that has authored over 21,000 original articles over the past 18 years. He has interviewed some of the biggest names in music, entertainment, lifestyle, magic, and sports. He is a 16-time "Best of Long Island" winner, where for three consecutive years (2020, 2021, and 2022), he was honored as the "Best Long Island Personality" in Arts & Entertainment, an honor that has gone to Billy Joel six times.

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