Greenville’s Sandi Morris is out of the Tokyo Olympics, dashing hopes for another medal during the games.
The pole vaulter, 29, injured her hip after breaking her pole during the qualifying round, according to a post that Sandi’s father, Harry Morris, published on Facebook.
I’m devastated… but I’m going to be ok.
I am so thankful for the outpouring of love from friends, fans and family.
Screenshot for more details. 🖤 pic.twitter.com/T9U37umUW4
— Sandi Morris, OLY🇺🇸 (@sandicheekspv) August 2, 2021
“After returning from a 1-hour rain delay Sandi broke her pole on her first attempt at 4.55. In the process, she somehow hurt her hip. She made a valiant attempt to press through the pain making three more attempts to run down the runway, but she was unable to even run,” he wrote.
Harry thanked Sandi’s fans for their support.
“Knowing her, she will be back soon,” he wrote.
Sandi Morris is a world-class pole vaulter. She won silver in the category at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. She had hoped to medal again in Tokyo, she told the Greenville Journal recently.
“My emotions going into that Olympics were very different than now,” Sandi Morris said. “I was just a kid having fun, and I don’t think it truly sank in how likely I was to medal until I actually did it. This time around, expectations are high. I am on the radar of the media because I am a medalist from Rio, and it can be quite overwhelming.”