News24 Mar 2023

World Championships pole vault podium reunited in Doha


Katie Nageotte competes in the pole vault at the Wanda Diamond League in Doha (© Getty Images / AFP)

The top five finishers in the women’s pole vault at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 will clash once again when the Doha Meeting stages the first Wanda Diamond League fixture of 2023 on Friday 5 May.

In an incredibly deep field containing seven global medallists, world and Olympic champion Katie Moon will take on world silver medallist and two-time world indoor champion Sandi Morris of the USA, world bronze medallist and Diamond League champion Nina Kennedy of Australia, European indoor and outdoor champion Wilma Murto of Finland, world indoor and European bronze medallist Tina Sutej of Slovenia, 2016 Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi of Greece, Olympic bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw of Great Britain, 2018 Commonwealth champion Alysha Newman of Canada, and  2019 World University Games bronze medallist Bridget Williams of the USA.

“I’m so excited to get my outdoor season underway after a really fun indoor season,” said Moon, who won in Doha in 2021 in what proved to be a precursor to her best ever season. She cleared 4.84m on that occasion, despite jumping on borrowed poles after hers had broken in transit.

“I’ve been working really hard this pre-season, especially on my strength, and I’m hoping to get my Wanda Diamond League campaign off to a good start. Winning Doha in 2021 was a really incredible way to start what was an unforgettable year, and I just hope to replicate that as I work towards defending my (world) title this summer.”

The 2023 Wanda Diamond League comprises 14 meetings in total, starting with Doha at the Qatar Sports Club on 5 May and concluding with a single final across two days in Eugene (16-17 September).

Organisers for World Athletics