Ivan Ukhov clears 2.38m, Antonietta Di Martino sets national record and world lead
Less than two weeks after attempting to break the world high jump record in Hustopeče, Ivan Ukhov took another stab at 2.44m tonight in Banská Bystrica.
Ukhov’s attempts at the would-be world record height were said to be even closer than his previous efforts, but as was the case before, the Russian had to make do with a winning jump of 2.38m, equalling his own world lead and maintaining his unbeaten streak so far this year.
Up until the final height, Ukhov cleared every mark on his first attempt. The 2.38m jump equalled Ukhov’s own stadium record too, matching the mark he set at this competition last year.
With four men over 2.30m, it was a high-quality competition. Second-placer Jesse Williams jumped a US-leading 2.34m, his second-best mark to date, while Ukraine’s Dmytro Demyanyuk set an indoor PB of 2.32m in third. Russia’s Sergey Mudrov equalled his 2.30m PB in fourth.
The women’s competition was just as explosive. Antonietta Di Martino set an absolute PB and Italian record of 2.04m, easily enough to top the 2011 world lists.
Di Martino, the former world silver medallist, previously had a best of 2.03m set outdoors in 2007. She opened her season last week in Dessau with a winning 1.95m, but improved significantly in Banská Bystrica, coming within one centimetre of the stadium record set by Blanka Vlasic two years ago.
The 32-year-old cleared all heights through to 2.02m on her first attempt before taking three tries at 2.04m. She was pushed all the way by Russia’s Svetlana Shkolina equalled her PB with a 2.00m jump in second place. Di Martino now moves up to equal seventh on the world indoor all-time list.
1 Ivan Ukhov (RUS) 2.38m
2 Jesse Williams (USA) 2.34m
3 Dmytro Demyanyuk (UKR) 2.32m
4 Sergey Mudrov (RUS) 2.30m
5 Aleksey Dmitrik (RUS) 2.28m
6 Nicola Ciotti (ITA) 2.26m
1 Antonietta Di Martino (ITA) 2.04m NR
2 Svetlana Shkolina (RUS) 2.00m
3 Ana Simic (CRO) 1.92m
4 Viktoriya Klyugina (RUS) 1.86m
5 Kamila Stepanyuk (POL) 1.86m