Fifteen women cleared 1.93 in qualifying, and with 12 of those clearly
ahead on countback, the unlucky three needed 1.96 to reach the final.
Of these only Radzivil was successful, so she lined up again two days
later. The Uzbek was one of three who could go no higher than 1.97 in
the final in places 5-7. The others were defending champion Hellebaut
and a disappointed World Indoor Champion Lowe.
Four women cleared 2.00 with Russian Chicherova and Shkolina lead-
ing. At 2.03, all ties were broken. World Champion Chicherova cleared
on attempt one, Barrett on her second and Shkolina on her third. Beitia
was eliminated. The next height of 2.05 saw the three medallists all fail
first time, but then Chicherova succeeded without touching the bar.
The winner was an example of an athlete returning better than ever
after maternity – “Motherhood changed me greatly,” she said, “with the
birth of my daughter [in 2010], I gained confidence and a fighting spirit.”
- Thursday 09.08 09:30 - mark 1.96m - 1+11 Athletes.