Young Russian Kuchina takes high jump gold

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 29, 2015 8:26 AM

BEIJING, (Reuters) - Mariya Kuchina won thewomen's high jump with a clearance of 2.01 metres on Saturday to become Russia's second gold medallist at this world championships.

The 22-year-old from Moscow had a blemish-free card to that height, her lifetime best performance.

In silver and bronze positions were the medal winners from this event in the Bird's Nest Stadium at the Beijing Olympics seven years ago -- 31-year-old Croatian Blanka Vlasic and 33-year-old Russia Anna Chicherova.

Both also cleared 2.01 but had had failures earlier in the final.

(Reporting by Steve Downes, editing by Ed Osmond)