Soaring high in Tokyo

American Katie Negeotte surprised the field today in winning the women's pole vault at the Tokyo Olympics. The U.S. baseball team also remains in line for a gold medal after defeating South Korea.

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August 5, 2021 - 9:38 AM

Katie Nageotte clears the pole vault bar at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials earlier this summer. Today, Nagerotte stunned the field to win Olympic gold in Tokyo. Photo by TNS

TOKYO (AP) — Katie Nageotte won an unexpected gold for the United States in the pole vault at the Tokyo Olympics ahead of world champion Anzhelika Sidorova of Russia today.

Nageotte failed on her first two attempts of the competition at 4.50 meters but improved from there to clinch her first major medal with a winning height of 4.90.

Sidorova took the silver at 4.85. Britain’s Holly Bradshaw won the bronze medal.

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