Chinese Zhang upstages high jump favorites in Oslo

Thu Jun 11, 2015 5:04pm EDT
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By John Mehaffey

OSLO (Reuters) - Asian Games silver medalist Zhang Guowei upstaged the favorites to win the men's high jump at the Bislett Games Diamond League meeting on Thursday.

Zhang cleared 2.36 meters on a cool evening with swirling winds which made conditions difficult for the athletes.

He then failed with three attempts at 2.40 to finish ahead of Italian Marco Fassinotti and Qatar's world silver medalist Mutaz Barshim, who was joint third with American Erik Kynard.

Barshim and Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko, who finished fifth, have been locked in a fierce battle to break Javier Sotomayor's 22-year-old world record of 2.45 meters.

The Cuban was watching from the stands on Thursday.

Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba, running solo for the latter part of the 5,000 meters race, failed in a bid to break her sister Tirunesh's women's world record of 14 minutes 11.15 seconds, set at the Bislett stadium in 2008.

Dibaba, the world indoor 3,000 meters champion, finished in 14:21.29, more then 17 seconds ahead of second-placed compatriot Senbere Teferi.

"I tried hard but the pacemakers could not do what I needed," Dibaba said. "Of course, the cold and the wind also played a part but overall I'm okay with the race."   Continued...

Guowei Zhang of China competes in the High Jump at the Diamond League athletics competition at the Bislett Stadium in Oslo June 11, 2015.   REUTERS/Jon Olav Nesvold/NTB Scanpix