Russia's Lasitskene retains women's high jump world title (updated)

2017-08-12 21:40:20 GMT2017-08-13 05:40:20(Beijing Time) Xinhua English

LONDON, Aug. 12 (Xinhua) -- Russia's Maria Lasitskene retainedthe women's high jump title at the World Athletics Championshipshere on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, competing as an authorized neutral athletehere, cleared 2.03 meters for the gold medal. Ukraine's YuliiaLevchenko took silver in 2.01 and Poland's Kamila Licwinko wasthird in 1.99.

Lasitskene, who missed last year's Rio Olympics because ofRussia's suspension, failed at 1.99 twice but regained formthereafter.

"My two failed attempts at 1.99m woke me up," she said. "A goldmedal here was my main goal for this season but certainly I wouldlike to raise the bar a bit higher. I didn't like any one of myattempts at 2.08m."

She challenged 2.08 three times but all failed.

Levchenko said, "It was an unbelievable championships for me. Iwas focussed from the opening jump until the last attempt. I didn'tallow myself to get emotional.

"At 2.01m it was not my best technical attempt. I thought thatsuch a height would not forgive the mistakes I made." Enditem