Tuesday Afterschool Special: Vaulting Ahead

Host-country hero Thiago da Silva provided the best moment of the Games yesterday, when he set a new Olympic record and won gold in the pole vault by clearing a 6.03-meter bar. (That's nearly 20 feet high!) Renaud Lavillenie of France had reason to believe he had both the record and the top prize locked up when he cleared 5.98. But da Silva had other plans:

In other track and field news, Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas beat the U.S.'s Allyson Felix by diving for the finish line. There's some debate whether she fell forward on purpose, or merely lost control while leaning. Either way, the move provided for a dramatic photo-finish win, as she beat Felix by .07 seconds: 


Photo credit: Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images


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