The world-record holder never showed.
The highly ranked Brazilian is gone.
Another Olympic pole vault gold medal should be a sure thing for defending champion Jenn Suhr, right?
It's never that easy.
Suhr qualified for the finals of her event Tuesday, but only after fighting through dizziness, chills and a fever — all part of a virus she caught the day after she landed in Brazil.
"Today is probably the worst I've felt," raspy-voiced Suhr said, after clearing 4.60 meters in qualifying, then high-tailing it off the field to start hydrating again. "I can deal with the respiratory. It's the dizziness and always feeling like when I have to...