Cuba’s Victor Moya won a close fought men’s High Jump competition when he became the only man to clear 2.35m – a record for the World Athletics Final and personal best by fourh centimetres for the World silver medallist.
Moya was lying in fourth place before his winning clearance as he had taken three attempts to jump 2.32, one centimetre above his previous best. But the Cuban drew on support from the noisy crowd by the High Jump competition area to add another three centimetres to his pb for the biggest win of his career.
Russia’s 1999 World champion Vyacheslav Voronin took second as the only man to clear 2.32 with one attempt, leaving fellow-Russian Yaroslav Rybakov and Olympic champion Stefan Holm of Sweden in joint third having both taken two.
Moya, Holm and Rybakov were the only jumpers to have perfect records upto 2.29. Voronin needed three attempts at that height to keep his competition alive while Ukraine’s World champion Yuriy Krymarenko had already gone out at 2.25.
The world’s two leading jumpers this year – South Africa’s Jacques Freitag and Ukraine’s Andrey Sokolovskiy – both perished at 2.32.