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Veteran Women Jumpers Rule in 2013

By January 29, 2014

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Veteran competitors took most of the women's jumping honors in 2013. Perennial long-jump champion Brittney Reese is a prime example of this trend as she earned a major championship for the fifth straight year. She's won gold medals in one Olympics, three World Championships and two World Indoor Championships during that span. In 2013 Reese posted the world's leading jump in May, leaping 7.25 meters (23 feet, 9 inches) in Doha. She also had the fourth- and seventh-best jumps of the year. Reese was the only 7-meter jumper in the World Championships, winning the gold with a jump measuring 7.01/22-11 to edge Blessing Okagbare, while Ivana Spanovic took the bronze. Reese, Okagbare and Shara Proctor won two Diamond League meets apiece, but Proctor scored the most points overall to take the series title. Younger jumpers who made strides in 2013 were led by Germany's Sostene Moguenara, who had the second-best jump of the year (7.04/23-1). Russia's Oksana Zhukovskaya-Aydamirova was third overall (7.02/23-).

In the high jump, Svetlana Shkolina hasn't enjoyed Reese's level of success, but she's been a solid medal contender for several years. The Russian broke through in 2013 to win the World Championships in Moscow, out-dueling up-and-coming American Brigetta Barrett to take the gold by clearing 2.03/6-7. Barrett, the world leader with a 2.04/6-8 clearance at the U.S. Championships, was second in Moscow, while Ruth Beitia took third. Shkolina's winning jump was the second-best clearance of 2013. Anna Chicherova had the third- and fourth-best jumps, with Barrett also tying for fourth. Shkolina won three Diamond League meets and tied with Chicherova in another to win the series championship.

Jenn Suhr set the indoor pole vault world record of 5.02/16-5 in March, then posted the world's best outdoor vault, 4.91/16-1, in June. Suhr had three of the top 10 outdoor vaults of 2013 while Yarisley Silva posted six, including the year's second-best clearance, 4.90/16-. But it was Russian veteran Yelena Isinbayeva who took the year's biggest prize, winning the World Championship on her home turf by clearing 4.89/16-. The victory was Isinbayeva's third outdoor World Championship title, as Suhr took the silver and Silva the bronze. In Diamond League competition, Silva won twice but Silke Spiegelburg captured three meets and the overall title.

In the triple jump, Ekaterina Koneva stepped up to challenge the leading duo of Caterine Ibarguen and Olha Saladuha, but the latter two jumpers still gained the biggest honors of 2013. Saladuha had the world's longest legal jump, leaping 14.85/48-8 in Eugene, but still lost the meet when Ibarguen jumped a wind-aided 14.93/48-11. Ibarguen posted five of the year's top 10 jumps and was second overall at 14.85/48-8, her World Championship-winning leap. Koneva had three jumps in the top 10 and took second in Moscow, with Saladuha third. Ibarguen dominated the Diamond League, winning six of the seven meets and taking the overall championship.

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