04 MAR 2014 Preview Sopot, Poland

Men's high jump preview – IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

Ivan Ukhov of Russia competes in the men's high jump in Doha (Getty Images)Ivan Ukhov of Russia competes in the men's high jump in Doha (Getty Images) © Copyright

Ivan Ukhov has been a man on a mission in the wake of his failure to make the podium on home ground at the World Championships in Moscow last August.

The Olympic champion heads to Sopot unbeaten this winter and on the back of a European record-equalling 2.42m clearance in Prague last week and his sights are on Javier Sotomayor’s global indoor mark of 2.43m as well as the gold medal.

Fellow 2012 Olympic medallist Mutaz Essa Barshim, from Qatar, has been in fine form recently and won the Asian indoor title with 2.36m while USA’s 2012 Olympic silver medallist Erik Kynard has won five of his six outings this winter and set a personal best of 2.34m when winning in Birmingham.

Italy’s Marco Fassinotti has also been showing potential podium form with an Italian record of 2.34m last month.

Simon Turnbull for the IAAF

Men's High Jump Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Dimítrios Chondrokoúkis GRE GRE 11 MAR 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Javier Sotomayor 2.43 CUB CUB Budapest (Sportscárnok) 04 MAR 1989

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Ivan Ukhov RUS RUS 2.42
2 Aleksey Dmitrik RUS RUS 2.40
3 Mutaz Essa Barshim QAT QAT 2.38
4 Andriy Protsenko UKR UKR 2.36
5 Erik Kynard USA USA 2.34