Alejandra Garcia Flood is a leading pole vaulter and one of Argentina’s most successful female athletes.
She started athletics at the age of 12, representing her school and then joined the National Centre of High Performance, where she was a promising sprinter.
At the National Youth Championships in 1989, she finished second in both the 100m Hurdles and the Pentathlon, winning her first international medals at the South American Junior Championships the following year.
In 1995 she competed in the Pan American Games, and scored her personal best of 5139 points and at the South American Championships, she won the pole vault with a mark of 3.10m.
Despite focusing on the high jump in 1996, she was left out of the Argentina team for the Atlanta Olympic Games and then decided to focus on pole vaulting.
In 1999, she won the Pan- American gold medal in Winnipeg and has since competed in the IAAF World Championships and Olympic Games in Sydney and then Athens, where she reached the final, the first Argentine woman to reach the final since Isabel Avellán in 1956.