By Will Jennings in Munich
Sophie Cook says sparkling in front of a pole vault-hooked German crowd was an experience she will never forget.
The Dudley athlete, 27, delivered a solid showing in Wednesday night’s multi-sport European Championship final with a ninth-place finish behind British teammate Molly Caudery.
Cook cleared the bar at 4.40m in Munich after claiming a brilliant personal best of 4.50m in Monday morning’s qualifying.
She was unable to emulate those exploits with a medal in the final but took immense pride from her performances at the city’s iconic Olympic Stadium.
Cook said: “It was amazing.
“It was an amazing atmosphere, an amazing experience and I’m really happy with how I performed. It was great.
“I jumped a personal best in the qualifiers so it’s super positive – I learned a lot.
“I’m really pleased that I cleared 4.25m and 4.40m on the first attempts today.
“Obviously would have loved 4.55m, but I can’t be unhappy with that.
“It was incredible – the crowd were really on board with watching pole vault and it was great.”
Cook kicked off her European campaign in memorable fashion as she cleared the highest bar of her career to sail into the final.
That teed up a hotly-anticipated showdown under the lights where the Midlands star was looking to build on her eighth-place finish at the Commonwealth Games.
After a day of multisport that had a little bit of everything including one slightly inconvenient thunderstorm ⛈️ we have your day 8 medal table for you.
The host nation stay top and begin to pull away from the pack, is there enough time left for anyone to catch them?! pic.twitter.com/VT7CRnoVYG
— European Championships (@Euro_Champs) August 18, 2022
But she was unable to do so as flying Finn Wilma Murto soared to gold ahead of Greek star Aikaterini Stefanidi and Slovenian Tina Sutej.
Fellow Brit Caudery finished seventh with a leap of 4.55m.
And she added: “I came in the top eight so it was a great, great experience out there - I really enjoyed it.
“It’s been a very long season.
“We’ve got a few things to work on – technically I was really happy with my jumps today but I’ve now got the winter to just go back, take account of what happened and sort through a few things."
The multi-sport European Championships Munich 2022, featuring Athletics, Beach Volleyball, Canoe Sprint, Cycling, Gymnastics, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Rowing, Sport Climbing, takes place 11th-21st August on the 50th anniversary of the Olympics Games in the German city. Watch daily live coverage across BBC One, Two, Red Button, BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport website