World leads from Chicherova and Oliver in Beijing - IAAF World Challenge
The 2013 IAAF World Challenge Beijing, the first athletics meeting held at the Bird’s Nest Stadium since the 2008 Olympics, sent a clear message on Tuesday (21) evening in warm and nice weather.
Chicherova became the first jumper over two metres this outdoor season with a 2.02m, before making three unsuccessful tries at 2.04m. 23-year-old Croatian Ana Simic bettered her outdoor personal best by three centimetres to finish second with 1.95m. Nadezhda Dusanova, Marina Aitova and Zheng Xingjuan all cleared 1.92m to finish third, fourth and fifth respectively.
After a break in the competition for the opening ceremony, Chicherova had a chat to her support team in the crowd. “They gave me a lot of confidence and calmed me down,” she said.