Morris on Medal: “That’s What I Came Out to Accomplish”


RIO DE JANEIRO, Brazil – Former Razorback pole vaulter Sandi Morris won a silver medal on Friday night in Rio.

Morris grabbed second place with a successful vault of 4.85m. She barely missed 4.90m and a chance for gold.

“For a fraction of a second in the air, I thought I was a gold medalist,” said Morris. “I was about to be disappointed but then I kicked myself in the rear end and I was like ‘you idiot, why would you be disappointed?'”

Her heartbreak quickly turned to smiles and waves for the crowd watching in Rio.  Though she wanted to win gold, Morris was still very grateful.

Aaron Nolan asked, “was that difficult to switch that quick going from what if to what I have?”

“No, it really wasn’t,” replied Morris. “I was a medalist and that’s what I came out to accomplish, that was my goal, get a medal, I don’t care what color it is.”

Morris said everything truly set in when she received her medal Saturday night.

 “It doesn’t quite feel real until I hold it in my hands and feel the weight of it — because that kind of symbolizes the weight of what I accomplished and I’m probably going to wear it around my neck until I get sore.”

In her time at Arkansas, the Greenville, SC native won three SEC championships, the 2015 NCAA Indoor Championship, and was a four time First Team All-American.

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