time World Indoor High Jump champion Yelena Slesarenko produced the first two-metre jump of the young season with her dominating victory at the 12th edition of the Moscow High Jump Cup on Friday night (25).
In her second appearance of the winter, the 25-year-old Russian produced a perfect score card in seven jumps through two metres, before bowing out with three attempts at 2.05m, the first of which was exceptionally close.
It was the first indoor two metre clearance for Slesarenko since she claimed her second consecutive World indoor title before a home crowd in the Russian capital two years ago.
Yekaterina Savchenko was second in the women's competition, clearing 1.94. Tatyana Kivimyagi, Viktoriya Klyugina and Svetlana Shkolina each topped out at 1.92.
Fourth 2.34 clearance for Ukhov in '08
World leader Ivan Ukhov confirmed his solid form, winning for the fourth time in five starts this month. The 21-year-old former European junior champion cleared the bar at 2.34 for the fourth time this season - his world-leading 2.36 came in Hustopece on 19-Jan - this time on his first attempt. Ukhov is also on the slate at Sunday's Russian Winter meeting.
World Student Games champion Aleksandr Shustov and European gold medallist Andrey Silnov tied for second with 2.28 clearances.
The first three, Ukhov, Shustov and Silnov are coached by Yevgeniy Zagorulko.
Bob Ramsak for the IAAF
with assistance from Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov
RESULTS (All athletes RUS):
1. Ivan Ukhov 2.34
2.10/f, 2.20/1, 2.28/2, 2.30/1, 2.34/1
2. Aleksandr Shustov 2.28
2. Andrey Silnov 2.28
4. Andrey Tereshin 2.24
5. Vyacheslav Voronin 2.24
6. Pawel Fomenko 2.20
7. Eduard Malchenko 2.20
1. Yelena Slesarenko 2.00
1.80/1, 1.85/1, 1.89/1, 1.92/1, 1.94/1, 1.96/1, 2.00/1, 2.05/3f
2. Yekaterina Savchenko 1.94
3. Tatyana Kivimyagi 1.92
3. Viktoriya Klyugina 1.92
5. Svetlana Shkolina 1.92
6. Tatyana Grigoryeva 1.89
7. Natalya Mamlina 1.80