DMITRIK WORLD-LEADING 2.35 AND A BREATH AWAY FROM A 241
HUSTOPECE (CZE, Jan 28): It was only the first stop of the 8th Moravian High Jump Tour, but the follow-up meeting in Trinec Monday evening will be hard pressed to match the drama and the excellent depth from tonight's competition in Hustopece. Both titles were won by Russians--Aleksey Dmitrik took the men's competition with a world-leading 2.35, and Svetlana Shkolina won the women's crown with 1.95. One cannot deny that Aleksey Dmitrik rises to challenges. Facing a Russian record 2.41m bar in the high jump, and after two mediocre attempts, the Daegu silver medal winner came so very close to elipsing Ivan Ukhov 240. Dmitrik's winning performance of 2.35 was a world-leading performance this season and it was a indoor personal best. The St. Petersburg resident was perfect through 2.31 during the evening. A second-attempt clearance at 2.33 moved him into battle at 2.35 with his remaining rivals, Jaroslav Baba and Ivan Ukhov, both of whom passed 2.33. As the others failed, Dmitrik then succeeded in gritty fashion with a personal best on his third try to set up the record attempts. Andrey Silnov finished second with 2.31 although he was not part of the final-height drama. Ukhov and Britain's Samson Oni tied for third, also at 2.31. That mark equalled the Briton's career indoor best during a season in which his nation's vertical jumpers have recently asserted themselves in a way befitting an Olympic host country. Svetlana Shkolina used a first-jump clearance at 1.95 to gain the women's victory at the Hustopecske Skakani High Jump competition in the small Moravian city of Hustopece. The Russian was in a group of four jumpers--with three taking perfect records for the day into the 1.95 height--but Shkolina was the only one who could negotiate the barrier, as she ended the day with three failures at 2.00, her last one coming very close to success. It would have equalled the indoor personal best for the Daegu fifth-placer. Tied for second at 1.93 were Chanute Howard Lowe of the US and another Russian, Irina Gordeyeva. Mariya Kuchina, also of Russia and who set a world junior indoor record of 1.97 on the Moravian Tour last year, was fourth, also at 1.93.The bronze medallist at the Berlin World Championships in 2009, Germany's Ariane Friedrich, began her long comeback after a 16-month hiatus after an Achilles operation. Her first attempt at her opening height of 1.84 seemed tentative and was not successful, but a determined second jump was good. At 1.87, Friedrich's third jump appeared good. Only an errant heel clipped the bar at the final moment and brought her day to an end. Coach/manager Guenter Eisinger was pleased afterwards. "Her best jump in training until now had been 1.80. She needs to get the feeling of jump back in her system, and to regain consistency. Now we have time [in preparing for London]. It's better not to hurry and to go step by step."
Complete results can be found at http://skakani.cz/vysledky/