Barshim 2.37m, Bleasdale 4.75m at Russian Winter meeting in Moscow
The vertical jumps provided the highlights of the Russian Winter meeting, an IAAF Indoor Permit Meeting, with high jumper Mutaz Essa Barshim clearing 2.37m and pole vaulter Holly Bleasdale going over 4.75m in Moscow on Sunday (3).
Only local jumper Ivan Ilyichev was left in the competition when the bar went up to 2.30m but while the Russian found the personal best height too much for him, Qatar’s London 2012 Olympic Games bronze medallist cleared comfortably with his first attempt, as he had done at his three previous heights.
Barshim then had the bar put up to a 2013 world-leading height of 2.37m, which equalled his Asian indoor record from last year, and also went over with his first effort. Only at a meeting record 2.40m did he bring the bar down, on three occasions although his first attempt was very close.