1. Sports
Send to a Friend via Email
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.
Mike Rosenbaum

2012 Track & Field Year in Review: Men's Jumps

By January 17, 2013

Follow me on:

Russia's Ivan Ukhov won the Olympic gold medal decisively and emerged as the top men's high jumper of 2012. Ukhov trailed surprising American Erik Kynard in the London final before surging past and eventually clearing 2.38 meters (7 feet, 9 inches). Kynard was a strong silver medalist after topping 2.33/7-7. Ukhov and Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim tied for the 2012 world lead by clearing 2.39/7-10, but Ukhov posted four of the year's top seven clearances. The Russian had to settle for bronze at the World Indoor Championships, as Dimitrios Chondrokoukis of Greece and fellow Russian Andrey Silnov took the top two medals. Robert Grabarz of Great Britain won the Diamond League title.

American Christian Taylor earned most of last year's triple jump prizes, but was almost shut out at the Olympics. Taylor fouled on his first two jumps in the final, survived on his third attempt, then won the gold with a world-leading jump measuring 17.81/58-5 in round four. Fellow American Will Claye led most of the way before settling for the silver medal, with Italy's Fabrizio Donato third. Claye gained the upper hand at the World Indoor Championships, earning the gold ahead of Taylor and Russia's Lyukman Adams. Taylor won three Diamond League meets and the overall series title.

No single man dominated long jumping in 2012, but Great Britain's Greg Rutherford came the closest. Rutherford shared the world lead with Russia's Sergey Morgunov at 8.35/27-4. Rutherford then took the lead in round two of the Olympic final and held on to win with a jump measuring 8.31/26-11, ahead of Mitchell Watt of Australia and Claye. The American became the first man since 1936 to earn Olympic medals in both the long jump and triple jump. Mauro da Silva of Brazil won an extremely tight World Indoor gold medal, as both he and Australia's Henry Frayne were credited with jumps measuring 8.23/27-0 - da Silva won because he hit the distance twice - with Russia's Alexander Menkov just one millimeter behind. Menkov won three Diamond League meets, including the final two, to earn the series championship.

Renaud Lavillenie of France captured all the biggest pole vaulting prizes last year, capped off by his come-from-behind Olympic triumph. Lavillenie trailed Germans Bjorn Otto and Raphael Holzdeppe and was down to his final jump when he cleared an Olympic record 5.97/19-7 to earn the gold medal. Lavillenie also beat Otto and American Brad Walker to earn the World Indoor Championship gold, and won five Diamond League meets plus the overall title. Otto, however, posted the year's only 6-meter jump, clearing 6.01/19-8 in September.

Read more: Check out a new profile of Russian high jump champion Anna Chicherova.

Comments

June 21, 2013 at 5:43 pm
(1) telstra prepaid plans wireless broadband says:

I purchased this device final November from yet another retailer for $150 at the time and was capable of get
the $45 Limitless strategy which was and even now is because Virgin Mobile still honors
it for recent subscribers (otherwise you’ll be throttled after two.5 GB’s of usage.
I purchased the device due to the fact I hated working with
the USB sticks from other companies, would like to use it with multiple computers (up to 5 Wi-Fi capable products) and
I only had dial-up due to the fact there may be nothing else currently obtainable.
At worst the service speed for me at most times has been 30kbs and at most 600kbs.

The support has been known to go out, nonetheless it is often a rarity and it
has not done this in recent memory (likely because Virgin Mobile burnt some
bridges by changing their plans from a truly unlimited data strategy with all the speed to
back it up).

June 26, 2013 at 2:25 am
(2) hancock fabrics printable coupons december 2013 says:

I ought to exhibit my love for your specific sympathy delivering aid upto
persons that require treatment on that zone of interest.

Your personal enthusiasm to actually receiving the message all-around
was exceedingly priceless and also has in every
and just about every instance triggered girls somewhat like me to have to at their routines.
This new humid and sociable guidance indicates an excellent deal to me and extremely substantially alternative upto my consorts.
Best wishes; from each and every among us.

August 4, 2013 at 1:53 am
(3) Fidelia says:

I blog quite often and I genuinely appreciate your information.
Your article has really peaked my interest. I’m going to bookmark your website and keep checking for new details about once a week. I opted in for your RSS feed too.

Leave a Comment


Line and paragraph breaks are automatic. Some HTML allowed: <a href="" title="">, <b>, <i>, <strike>
Top Related Searches
  • year in review
  • track field
  • gp
  • ©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.