Barshim prevails in another high jump epic

Sun Aug 24, 2014 12:44pm EDT
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By John Mehaffey

BIRMINGHAM. England (Reuters) - Mutaz Essa Barshim and Bohdan Bondarenko staged another of the epic men’s high jump duels which have illuminated the 2014 athletics season at the Birmingham Diamond League meeting on Sunday.

Qatar’s world indoor champion Barshim eventually prevailed, winning on a countback with a height of 2.38 meters after both men failed three times at 2.41 meters. Ukrainian Bondarenko, last year’s world outdoor champion, was second with the same height.

"I’m happy, I got the win which is all that matters," Barshim said.

"It’s the battle they are all talking about, Barshim versus Bondarenko. I’ve got a lot of competitions coming up so there is a lot to still compete for.

Bondarenko added: "To jump 2.38 was a good result and second place was okay."

Kenya’s David Rudisha, who produced the finest track performance of the 2012 London Olympics when he broke the world 800 meters world record in the final, failed in an attempt on the world 600 meters mark set in 1986 by American Johnny Gray.

As he did in London, Rudisha led from the start to cross the line in one minute 13.71 seconds, the fourth fastest time ever in an event which rarely features on the program.

"This is my first 600 meters, so I guess it was difficult to judge the pace, it has been a bit of a struggle coming back from injury last year," said Rudisha.   Continued...