Russia's Ivan Ukhov has established himself as the huge high jump favorite in next month's World Indoor Championships. Ukhov has posted seven of the world's top eight clearances this season, from 2.36 meters (7 feet, 8¾ inches) to 2.42/7-11¼. Ukhov achieved his world-leading performance at the Prague Indoor Meet on Tuesday, which was just short of Javier Sotomayor's indoor world record of 2.43/7-11½ set in 1989.
On the women's side, Croatia's Blanka Vlasic is apparently healthy again after winning the high jump in Prague by clearing 2.00/6-6¾. The performance puts Vlasic in the mix in Sopot. Maria Kuchina tops the 2014 high jump charts so far with a 2.01/6-7 clearance at Stockholm in early February.
Cuba's Pedro Pablo Pichardo established the second world lead in Prague, leaping 17.32/56-9¾ in the triple jump. In other recent highlights, Ivana Spanovic of Serbia recorded a world-leading 6.92/22-8½ in the long jump in Istanbul on Feb. 22.
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