BILLINGE athlete Harry Coppell produced a season's best performance in the Olympic Pole Vault final - clearing 5.80m in Tokyo.

He was one of a cluster of four on the height just below the three medallists - finishing the event in an impressive seventh place.

The 25-year-old Wigan Harrier comfortably cleared the 5.55 with his first vault but needed second bites at both 5.70m and 5.80m before proceeding confidently.

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However, the former Chapel End pupil could not top his personal best of 5.85m when the bar went up to 5.87.

Coach Scott Simpson tweeted his satisfaction with Coppell.


Gold went to Sweden's Armand Duplantis (6.02m), silver was won by USA's Christopher Nilson (5.97m) and Thiago Braz of Brazil took bronze on 5.87m.

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