USD alum Chris Nilsen advances to pole vault finals at World Track & Field Championships

Will compete Sunday at 7:25 PM CST for world title
Former Coyote national champion and Olympic silver medalist advances to pole vault finals of...
Former Coyote national champion and Olympic silver medalist advances to pole vault finals of World Championships
Published: Jul. 22, 2022 at 11:18 PM CDT
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EUGENE, Ore.—South Dakota alumnus Chris Nilsen ‘20 advanced to Sunday’s pole vault final at the 2022 World Athletics Track and Field Championships. The finals are scheduled for 7:25 p.m. (CDT) Sunday.

Nilsen was clean through the qualifying competition, clearing three bars on first-attempt makes leading up to the night’s final height of 18-10 ¼ (5.75m). The qualifying competition wrapped up with only 12 men remaining over the height. He joined Sweden’s Mondo Duplantis and Germany’s Oleg Zernikel without any misses on the evening.

A native of Kansas City, Missouri, Nilsen was the lone American to advance to Sunday’s final.

A three-time NCAA Champion for the Coyotes, Nilsen took home the silver medal at the pandemic-delayed 2020 Tokyo Olympics last summer and followed up with a bronze at the 2022 World Indoor Championships in March. He vaulted an outdoor best of 19-8 ¼ (6.00m) back home in Vermillion at the USD Twilight in May, but also owns the American Indoor Record of 19-10 ¼ (6.05m) from the Perche Elite Tour in France this past March.

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