Result: Steven Lewis qualifies for pole vault final

Steve Lewis
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Great Britain's Steven Lewis qualifies for the men's pole vault final by clearing 5.50m with his one and only jump this morning.

Great Britain's Steven Lewis has qualified for the Olympic pole vault final after clearing 5.50m with his first attempt this morning.

There was a discussion with officials after six athletes cleared 5.50m with their first jump and it was decided that 13 athletes could progress instead of the usual 12.

Speaking to BBC Sport, Lewis, 26, said: "One jump made the final today which is just amazing.

"Morning sessions are not easy and in pole vault you have to be awake.

"The first box is ticked and now I'll look forward to Friday (the final) and hopefully win a medal."

Lewis's personal best of 5.82m is a British record and he will probably need to better it to be in with a chance of a podium place.

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