Ukrainian Athlete Yaroslava Mahuchikh Became the World Champion in High Jump
At the World Athletics Championships held in Budapest, the Ukrainian secured her first-place victory in her career, clearing 2.01 meters.
This was reported by Reuters.
Together with Mahuchikh, another Ukrainian athlete, Iryna Herashchenko, advanced to the final as well. Combined, they confidently cleared the starting marks at 1.85 and 1.90 meters.
Herashchenko successfully cleared the next mark at 1.94 meters on her first attempt, while Mahuchikh needed two attempts.
Seven participants managed to clear the fourth bar at 1.97 meters, with only two athletes succeeding on their first tries: Mahuchikh and Australian athlete Nicola McDermott.
Competing for the gold were Mahuchikh, McDermott, Australian Eleanor Patterson, and British athlete Morgan Lake. The latter two managed to clear the mark only on their last attempts but still preserved their chances for a podium finish.
Mahuchikh cleared the 1.99-meter mark on her first attempt, just like the reigning champion Patterson. However, McDermott succeeded on her second attempt, while Lake was unable to clear the mark at all.
None of the contenders managed to conquer the highest height of 2.01 meters on their first try. In contrast, Mahuchikh succeeded on her second attempt.
Thus, the Ukrainian secured the first-place position, earning the Olympic gold medal. Patterson secured second place based on attempts, and McDermott took third place.
Mahuchikh's victory marked the first gold medal for the Ukrainian team at the 2023 World Championships in Budapest. Additionally, this was the first gold for the Ukrainian track and field team since 2013.
Another medal for Team Ukraine was brought by Maryna Bekh-Romanchuk, who secured a silver medal in the triple jump.
In her first attempt, Bekh-Romanchuk demonstrated excellence by clearing the standard at 14.30 meters and showcasing the fourth-best result in the entire qualification round at 14.55 meters.
In the final, Marina Bekh-Romanchuk leaped 15 meters on her first attempt, achieving her best result ever and immediately securing an interim first-place position.
Bekh-Romanchuk's result remained unmatched until the sixth jump, when the reigning champion from 2017 to 2022, Yulimar Rojas of Venezuela, failed to execute a jump at 15.08 meters, thereby winning the gold medal.