Athletics: Klishina seeks Russian redemption in long jump final

Reuters News
Posted: Aug 16, 2016 9:31 PM

By Jack Stubbs

RIO DE JANEIRO (Reuters) - Russia's Darya Klishina booked a place on Tuesday in the Olympic long jump final, keeping alive her country's slim hopes of an athletics medal in Rio following the exclusion of its track and field squad over doping allegations.

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned Russia's track and field team in June over allegations of state-sponsored cheating in the country but initially allowed Klishina to compete because she trains and undergoes drug testing in the United States.

She was suspended on Saturday because of what the IAAF described as new evidence before having the ban over-ruled on Monday by sport's highest court, one day before she was due to compete.

Klishina jumped 6.64 meters to qualify in eighth place.

She will now face competitors including Serbia's Ivana Spanovic and Germany's Malaika Mihambo in Wednesday's final. They qualified in first and second place respectively with jumps of 6.87 and 6.82 meters.

Klishina has a personal best of 7.05 meters but has failed to make it past the seven-meter mark at an outdoor event since 2011.

The head of Russia's Olympic delegation told Reuters earlier on Tuesday that the 25-year-old's performance was likely to suffer due to the IAAF's prevarication over her eligibility.

"Not everyone is psychologically able to deal with that tension," delegation chief Igor Kazikov said. "She will struggle, she will fight, there's no other way."

(Editing by Ed Osmond)