High Jump World lead for Dmitrik in Huelva
Huelva, Spain – Russia’s Aleksey Dmitrik stole the show at the ‘Gran Premio Iberoamericano’ - EA permit - held on Thursday night (2) in the southwest city of Huelva.
The 27-year-old former (2009) European Indoor silver medallist produced the standout result thanks to a third-time clearance of 2.35m to set a new world leading performance in the process.
The relatively short (1,84m) Russian also managed a new career best improving on his 2.34 effort which he jumped back in 2005 on the boards. Dmitrik kicked off with comfortable first-try successes at 2.13, 2.17 and 2.20 but had a scare over 2.23 as he needed two attempts to clear the bar; by then, the surprise leader of the contest was Finland’s Jussi Viita with a first-time clearance over 2.23 but the Finn could not go higher.
The Leningrad-born Dmitrik, also a former (2001) World Youth champion, regained the lead with successive clearances at 2.26 and 2.31 both on his first try to finally get over 2.35 only at his last jump.