DOHA: Russia’s Ivan Ukhov yesterday launched the high jump season with an impressive performance as he managed a meet record to upset home hope Mutaz Barshim of Qatar.
Ukhov jumped 2.41m on his 9th attempt to outshine second-placed Canada’s Derek Drouin and Reik Kynard of the US who finished third.
Drouin’s best score was 2.37m. Kynard also ended with a height of 2.37, a personal best for the 23-year-old American.
Qatar’s Barshim, the London Games bronze medallist, managed a height of 2.37, the season’s best for the home hero.
“I wanted to continue jumping but I could not focus anymore,” Ukhov said. “I have to hurry on my bus because my flight is in couple of hours,” the 28-year-old added.
Canada’s Drouin said: “The competition tonight was incredible. I am excited by the level of the athletes. It’s really good for the sport. 2.40 is not enough to win now, the level is so high.”
Barshim was satisfied with his night’s workout.
The competition went very well,” Barshim, who won the gold at the World Indoor Championships in Poland in March, said. “It was a very good start for me. I am changing a lot at the moment and to give you an idea, I will even train tomorrow.
“I feel really tired now probably because of the heat,” Barshim said.
“The crowd was great and I enjoyed the competition,” the 22-year-old said. THE PENINSULA