Sandi Morris withdraws from Olympic pole vault with injury; former Razorback Tina Sutej advances to final

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USA’s Sandi Morris reacts in pain during the women’s pole vault qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo on August 2, 2021. (Photo by Andrej ISAKOVIC / AFP) (Photo by ANDREJ ISAKOVIC/AFP via Getty Images)

TOKYO (KNWA/KFTA) — Former Razorback track & field standout Sandi Morris is out of the pole vault competition in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Morris, who won the silver medal in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, withdrew from the competition on Monday after appearing to suffer an injury when her pole snapped during a qualifying attempt.

After the injury, Morris tried for another attempt after selecting a regripping another one of her poles. As she planted her pole into the box, she stopped her progression midway through her attempt, clutching her left hip as she fell to the mat. Morris was seen by the USATF medical staff following the event.

After pulling out of the event, Morris went back to the Olympic Village where she sent out a statement from her Twitter account.

“When I broke my pole, it hyper extended my hip flexor,” said Morris in the statement. ” I felt it immediately when I stood up after the break, and I knew for certain something was wrong when I tried to run down the runway for another attempt.”

But the silver medalist is choosing to look at the silver lining in the tough situation.

“I gave it all I had. The conditions and circumstances were unlucky and unfortunate, but I will go home, heal, be around the love of my husband and family, and I know I’ll come back just fine,” she wrote.

Fellow Razorback Tina Sutej of Slovenia will advance to Thursday’s final after finishing in a tie for 1st in Group A with a qualifying vault of 4.55m. In her third Olympic Games, Sutej is appearing in her second final. She finished in 11th in the Rio Olympics in 2016.

Prior to the games, two publications ranked Sutej to finish in the top-eight in the final, according to a release sent out by the University of Arkansas. British publication Athletics Weekly predicts Sutej would finish in seventh place, while U.S. publication Track & Field News had her in eighth.

Arkansas Track and Field announced that two former Razorbacks will compete in the Olympic women’s pole vault event in Tokyo.

Sandi Morris will represent team USA and Tina Sutej will represent Team Slovenia.

The event is slated to take place at 5:20 a.m. CST Monday morning.

Catch a recap of the action on KNWA Today Monday at 6:00 a.m.

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