'Amazing' experience for Wigan's Harry Coppell

Wigan's Harry Coppell was left to reflect on an 'amazing' Olympic experience after finishing seventh in the pole vault.

Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 5:11 pm
Updated Tuesday, 3rd August 2021, 5:12 pm
Harry Coppell in the Olympic final

The GB record holder recorded a season's best of 5.80m - 5cm short of his national best - but narrowly missed out on the podium, finishing with the same height as the fourth-placed athlete.

However, his mood was totally positive in the aftermath.

"It's just been amazing," he said. "I'm still in disbelief that I've just been in an Olympic final.

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"I just went out and jumped as well as I could, and I'm a little bit gutted I didn't manage to get a personal best.

"That would really have put me in the fight for a medal, but I'm just so happy overall."

Coppell did well to even make it onto the runway, having been involved in a freak accident last week during practice which saw a falling pole take out most of a front tooth.

"It was a bit of a mishap, but it could have been so much worse," acknowledged Coppell, who underwent emergency dental work to put things right.

"If it had hit my head, I would have had a concussion, if it had hit my nose, I wouldn't have been able to breathe.

"All I had to do was go to the dentist a couple of times, and the guys here were great.

"I am nothing but thankful to everyone who looked after me, and it means I can smile again."

Armand Duplantis of Sweden won with 6.02m, American Christopher Nilsen was second with 5.97m, and Thiago Braz from Brazil was third with 5.87m.

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