Russia s Lasitskene retains women s high jump world title
London Aug 13 (IANS) Russia s Maria Lasitskene retained the women s high jump title at the World Athletics Championships here.
The 24-year-old competing as an authorized neutral athlete cleared 2.03 meters for the gold medal on Saturday night Xinhua news agency reported.
Ukraine s Yuliia Levchenko took silver in 2.01 and Poland s Kamila Licwinko was third in 1.99.
Lasitskene who missed last year s Rio Olympics because of Russia s suspension failed at 1.99 twice but regained form thereafter.
"My two failed attempts at 1.99m woke me up " she said.
"A gold medal here was my main goal for this season but certainly I would like to raise the bar a bit higher. I didn t like any one of my attempts at 2.08m."
She challenged 2.08 three times but failed.
"It was an unbelievable championships for me. I was focussed from the opening jump until the last attempt. I didn t allow myself to get emotional " Levchenko said.
"At 2.01m it was not my best technical attempt. I thought that such a height would not forgive the mistakes I made."