Olympic Champion Dragila Retires from Pole Vaulting

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PARIS (AP) - Former World and Olympic champion Stacy Dragila has
ended her 14-year pole vaulting career with a second-place finish at the DecaNation track and field meet.

The 38-year-old American won gold at the 2000 Sydney Olympics, the first games in which women competed in the pole vault. She is a two-time world champion.

Dragila told The Associated Press on Wednesday, "It was great to be a pioneer in this sport."

After two seasons plagued by injury, Dragila returned to competition in 2008 but failed to make the U.S. Olympic team for the Beijing Games. At last month's world championships in Berlin, she didn't qualify for the pole vault final.