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French pole vaulter Margot Chevrier suffers horrific ankle fracture that leaves ‘bone protruding’

The final was postponed by about 15 minutes as Margot Chevrier received medical treatment – Reuters/Fabrizio Bensch

The women’s pole vault had to be halted for 15 minutes at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Glasgow on Saturday when a French athlete suffered a broken ankle that left her bone “protruding”.

Margot Chevrier had cleared a height of 4.56 meters but suffered the horrific injury after falling back into the pole vault area after clearing the height of 4.65 metres.

A tricky landing left her in need of urgent treatment, while her fellow competitors, including eventual winner of Great Britain Molly Caudery, had to wait while she was attended to by medics.

High jump coach Grant Brown said Chevrier’s “bone was sticking out.”

The 24-year-old French champion was given oxygen before her leg was strapped so she could be taken from the arena on a stretcher.

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Chevrier was given oxygen before being taken away on a stretcher – Reuters/Paul Childs

“Brutal result for Margot Chevrier in the pole vault final,” said a statement on social media from the French athletics federation. The statement said that “she fell into the barrier and, conscious, was evacuated from the track on a stretcher.”

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It is understood Chevrier was then taken to hospital for emergency treatment. She received applause as she left the Emirates Arena and appeared to gesture a love heart to the spectators.

Caudery, who had been waiting to jump, was told there would be a delay and regained her composure to later reach a winning height of 4.80 metres. It was just short of her world-leading clearance of 4.86 metres, but still enough to win gold on the countback over New Zealand’s Eliza McCartney.

“It was such a tough match and it was really emotional,” Caudery said. “I hope a lot of the girls get better because there were some injuries and nasty falls. It affected me during the match because it was so emotional, so I want to send my love to them.”

She added: “I didn’t keep calm – I ended up crying to my coach. I really take on other people’s emotions. I tried to take myself away and I just couldn’t. He knows me very well, he said, ‘Don’t hold it in, let it all out’, so I had a minute to cry, reset and I’m sending my love to them all.”

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Caudery herself had returned to the sport after a serious injury in 2021, when she almost lost a finger in a gym accident. She had to undergo three operations, but finished fifth at the outdoor world championships last year and was the world’s best pole vaulter so far in 2024.

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