For Sandi Morris, the 2021 Olympics should have been the absolute highlight.
After silver in Rio 2016, the US girl wanted to win gold in Tokyo - but it turned out differently.
Munich / Tokyo - It should have been their big competition.
Sandi Morris had already won the silver medal in the pole vault at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro five years ago - so it should of course be gold at the Olympics 2021 *.
The American was one of the favorites at the competition in Tokyo.
It should have been a world record and an Olympic victory.
But in the end everything turned out differently ...
First there was a one-hour rain break in the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo.
It poured from buckets.
The athletes' concentration was put to the test.
When it finally started, the drama about Morris took its course.
The 29-year-old jumped the 4.40 meters without any problems.
Then on her second jump over 4.55 meters, Morris ran up, rammed the rod into the notch - and when she tried to screw herself up, the rod broke!
Olympic drama about pole vaulter - gold favorite leaves the stadium in a wheelchair
Morris fell on the front side of the mat, not slamming directly on the floor.
But the shock was evident in the athlete, she needed a few seconds to get back on her feet.
But Morris didn't want to give up that easily.
In tears, she tried to jump the 4.55 meters, but her body could no longer - from the dream of Olympic gold!
Then they were comforted by their fellow campaigners.
The US Athletics Association spoke of a hip injury, which is why Morris ended the competition.
Morris left the stadium in a wheelchair, still shaken from wine fights and pushed by her coach.
Drama in the pole vault qualification.
First rain interruption.
Then the baton breaks with fellow favorite Sandi Morris.
And the disaster takes its course. # Tokyo2020 #Olympia #homeofolympics #TeamD # Olympics2021 #Olympics pic.twitter.com/6hm5Kb8j86
- Eurosport DE (@Eurosport_DE) August 2, 2021
“These Olympic Games are very different from the ones five years ago,” said Morris before the Olympics: “Up until now I was just a kid who wanted to have fun.
But this time the expectations are high.
I am on the list of many people and the media have me on their radar.
That can be quite overwhelming.
But I don't think about winning or I'm afraid of losing.
I just do it. "
In the end, her body didn't let her "just do it". There was also a dramatic event in diving.
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