21st June 2019


The world’s best female pole vaulters will go head-to-head in a pre-world championship showdown at the Müller Anniversary Games, in the London Stadium on 20–21 July.

Olympic, world and European champion Katerina Stefanidi (GRE), Olympic and world silver medallist Sandi Morris (USA), 2015 world champion Yarisley Silva (CUB), 2014 European champion Anzhelika Sidorova (ANA), Olympic bronze medallist Eliza McCartney (NZL), world bronze medallist Robeilys Peinado (VEN), European silver medallist Nikoleta Kiriakopoulou (GRE), European bronze medallist Holly Bradshaw (GBR, coach: Scott Simpson club: Blackburn Harriers), Commonwealth champion Alysha Newman (CAN) and 2016 European bronze medallist Angelica Bengtsson (SWE) will all compete.

The women’s pole vault will be one of the highlights of the weekend, at the prestigious two-day Diamond League meeting, which takes place ten weeks before the start of the IAAF World Championships in Doha.

Morris has had a strong start to her outdoor season, winning in Rabat at the weekend, with a season’s best clearance of 4.82m, ahead Stefanidi, Sidorova and Bradshaw. The American will be looking to continue this form at the Müller Anniversary Games, which will be the first time she’s competed in the London Stadium, since she won the world silver medal behind the Greek star two years ago.

Morris said:

“I can’t wait to return to the London Stadium for the Müller Anniversary Games, next month. The stadium has such a rich tradition in global athletics having hosted the Olympics and the most recent World Championships. I love vaulting there, it is such an electric atmosphere which always brings out the best in me.

“I know most of the best women in the World will be there to compete. It will be a fierce competition setting the stage only ten weeks ahead of the world championships. It’s going to be a really important competition for me, I am approaching it like a dress rehearsal for World Champs.”

Despite missing huge chunks of training through injury in recent years, British athlete, Bradshaw has proved she’s a world-class talent, by consistently challenging the best vaulters in the sport and narrowly missing out on Olympic and outdoor world championship medals.

After a good 2019 indoor season, which saw her clear 4.81m at the Müller Indoor Grand Prix in Birmingham and win a European indoor silver medal in Glasgow, the Loughborough based athlete will be looking to get close to her British record of 4.87m and gain more confidence as she begins her countdown to Doha.

Bradshaw said:

“The Müller Anniversary Games is always a huge event and it will be great to back competing in the London Stadium in front of a home crowd.

“After so many injury setbacks in previous years, I really want to build on the progress I made last summer and during the indoor season this year. I’ve worked on improving my speed and consistency on the runway, over the winter training period, and I know I have the big clearances inside me.

“I know jumping 4.80m+ is of course within my capabilities but this year it’s all about patience and making the right decisions to jump high at the appropriate times. I know I will be ready for Doha however competing in the London stadium this July will be a massive opportunity and stepping stone in my preparations.”

The Müller Anniversary Games has seen history made on numerous occasions in recent years, with some memorable performances from British names such as Sir Mo Farah, Laura Muir and Dina Asher-Smith, while para athletics stars Kare Adenegan and Sophie Hahn both broke world records at the 2018 edition of the event.

Tickets for the Müller Anniversary Games are on sale at www.theticketfactory.com/british-athletics