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12 Aug 2012

A jump that is worth gold

By winning in London 2012, Anna Chicherova confirms status of high jump queen

With just a single mistake throughout the race, Anna Chicherova has dominated the high jump final. The Russian athlete, bronze medalist in Beijing 2008 and gold at the 2011 World Championships in Athletics in Daegu, won by jumping 2.05 meters on his second attempt, the second and third places went to the American Brigetta Barrett and the Russian Svetlana Shkolina, both with their own personal record at 2.03 m. Russia was also the protagonist in the 800m final, with world champion Mariya Savinova who won with a time of 1:56:19. The silver medal went to the South African Caster Semenya, and the bronze to another Russian athlete, Ekaterina Poistogova. The big surprise of the evening came in the javelin throw, with the success of Keshorn Walcott, Trinidad & Tobago athlete, winner of the Junior World Championships in Barcelona 2012, with a throw at 84.58 m. Also climbed the podium the Ukrainian Oleksandr Pyatnytsya, with silver medal, and Antti Ruuskanen from Finlande, with bronze medal.