Ukhov defends his high jump title

05.03.2011 World

He was expected to win and he did but it is never that simple for Russia’s Ivan Ukhov. After a typically lax start when he had his first failure at 2.29, he finally got going and in the end you wondered what the fuss was all about.

Another clearance of 2.38 – his third this year at that height – was enough to shut the door and gold was his.

“I know I’m in world record shape this season and I wanted to break the record,” said Ukhov.

“However, there were too many attempts in the competition and I did not save enough energy till the end. Still, the 2.38 jump was pretty high. I was very surprised about how Jaroslav Baba jumped today. I know him from other competitions this season and he surprised me a lot.”


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