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Greenville Native Sandi Morris Wins Silver Medal in Rio Olympics

Sandi Morris Silver Medalist OlympicsEarning a silver medal in her Olympic debut in the women’s pole vault at the 2016 Olympic Games, the success of Greenville pole vaulter Sandy Morris has been nothing short of spectacular.

Last Friday, Sandi Morris impressed throughout the event.  She cleared 15 feet, 9 inches to move from fifth to second place and nearly took home the gold medal.

The competition came down to Greenville High graduate Morris and Greece’s Ekatereni Stefanidi. Sandi Morris missed the chance to win the gold when she got over the bar but grazed it on the way down. Nevertheless, she was still happy about winning the second place.

Sandi Morris who started in track and field decided to begin pole-vaulting. Little did she know that this decision will alter the places she could only dream of.

Morris lived in Greenville before she transferred to Arkansas on a track and field scholarship. She has participated in collegiate, national, and world championship competitions since then. She was qualified to compete in the Rio Olympics when she finished second in the pole vault at the US Track and Field Trials in Oregon last July.



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