Jenn Suhr’s hopes of winning the pole vault in the world championships came to an abrupt end in qualifying on Friday.
The Fredonia native failed to qualify for Sunday’s finals, and therefore was eliminated. It was a surprising finish for the world indoor-record holder and 2012 Olympic champion.
Suhr failed in three attempts to clear 4.55 meters and was thus eliminated. Only nine vaulters managed to clear that height. Suhr had passed at lower heights.
The 35-year-old had cleared 4.83 meters earlier in the season, but that happened back in April. In her last two competitions, she missed at 4.65 meters and finished second.
The favorite in the events, Ekaterini Stefanidi of Greece, didn’t need to do much to advance. She easily cleared 4.60 meters, good for a ticket to the finals. Stefanidi is the Olympic and European champion.
American Sandi Morris cleared 4.55 meters to advance. She won the Olympic silver medal in Rio last year. Bronze medalist Eliza McCartney also advanced.