After a first round that saw so many vaulters struggle to get depth in the pit and clear the initial 4.50 height, Team USA’s Katie Nageotte kept her cool after missing on her first two efforts to take home the Tokyo 2020 (in 2021) pole vault gold on 5 August at the Olympic Stadium. “It hasn’t even begun to sink in yet,” Nageotte said after beating the world champion Anzhelika Sidorova (ROC). “This is the biggest dream I have ever had for myself. And here I am living the dream. “I will tell you when it finally sinks in. This is about as good as I could feel. We’ve all been through so much with COVID and everything, I’m really grateful.” It took three attempts for Nageotte to clear the initial 4.50 height that saw nine of her competitors go out of the competition, before moving on to 4.80 and finally taking home the laurels when she was able to clear the bar when it was raised to 4.90. Defending world champion Sidorova of the ROC Team followed the American to the podium with the silver and Holly Bradshaw of Team Great Britain scooped the bronze.