The second edition of the Ultimate Garden Clash features three of the world’s best female pole vaulters facing off in a virtual competition from their respective home bases in Greece, the United States and Canada.
Olympic champion Katerina Stefanidi, two-time US indoor champion Katie Nageotte and Commonwealth Games champion Alysha Newman – believe they can match or better the men’s total tally of 98.
Under a competition format devised by the male vaulters to get around the absence of officials due to coronavirus lockdowns and the need for social distancing, the winner will be the athlete who can clear the bar the most times.
The women have agreed to set the bar at 4.00m (world record is 5.06m) for their challenge. They will be connected by video link from their local training facilities as none of the women have the necessary equipment in their own gardens as the men did.
The first Ultimate Garden Clash was popular with fans as 250,000 watched live from around the world across the three platforms. More than one million people from more than 90 countries had watched the broadcast within 24 hours.
From the moment that Stefanidi watched the men compete online, she was eager to be part of the concept and challenge the standard they set.
“At first when I watched the guys make 98 (36, 36, 26) bars I thought it would be impossible. But then when I tried it I wasn’t too far off. It’s a fun way for the women to take on the men."
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