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2013 World Championship Review: Men's Jumps

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2013 World Championship Review: Men's Jumps

Teddy Tamgho leaped to victory in the World Championship triple jump competition.

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France's Teddy Tamgho was on the top of the triple jumping world in 2010-11 after winning the World Indoor Championship and breaking the indoor world record several times. Then came the 6-month suspension for an altercation with a female athlete, plus a broken ankle, which kept him away from major competitions in 2011-12. The 2013 World Championships marked his return to the global stage, as Tamgho became the third 18-meter triple jumper in history, joining Great Britain's Jonathan Edwards and American Kenny Harrison. Tamgho, who led all World Championship qualifiers at 17.41 meters (57 feet, 1½ inches), took the early lead by jumping 17.65/57-10¾ in the first round, but Cuba's Pedro Pichardo reached 17.68/58-0 in the second. American Will Claye sat in third after two rounds, then solidified his spot by leaping 17.52/57-5¾ in the third. Tamgho matched Pichardo's 17.68 distance in the fourth round, taking the lead because of his superior second-best jump. But Tamgho didn't need the tie-breaker, as he unleashed a jump measuring 18.04/59-2¼ in the final round. Pichardo gained the bronze and Claye the silver, with defending champion Christian Taylor in fourth at 17.20/56-5.

Pole Vault:

France's Renaud Lavillenie was the clear favorite in the men's pole vault, but his opening miss during qualifications, at 5.65/18-6½, foreshadowed a difficult road ahead for the 2012 Olympic champion. Lavillenie qualified on his next jump, but his troubles continued during the final. He missed his first try – again at 5.65 – before clearing, missed once at 5.82/19-1 before advancing, then missed twice before clearing 5.89/19-3¾. Nevertheless, of the five vaulters who reached 5.89, Lavillenie was one of the two competitors who lived on. The other was Germany's Raphael Holzdeppe, who was perfect to that point. Neither Lavillenie nor Holzdeppe could clear 5.96/19-6½, leaving Holzdeppe as the victor. Germany’s Bjorn Otto cleared 5.82 with one miss to that point to gain the bronze.

Long Jump:

None of the eventual long jump medalists where particularly strong during qualifications, as Russia's Aleksandr Menkov and Mexico's Luis Rivera both required three tries to get past 8 meters, while Ignisious Gaisah of the Netherlands didn't even get there, and just squeezed in as the last qualifier. But the final was a different story for all three, beginning in the third round. Germany's Christian Reif led after one round at 8.18/26-10, then Eusebio Caceres of Spain moved in front by leaping 8.25/27-¾. Menkov then took charge, posting the three longest jumps of the competition and peaking with a fifth-round leap of a world-leading 8.56/28-1. Gaisah jumped a national record 8.29/27-2¼ in the fourth round to take the silver medal, while Rivera reached 8.27/27-1½ in the fifth to earn the bronze by 1 millimeter over Caceres. The meet marked the end of four-time World Champion Dwight Phillips' career, as he announced his retirement afterward. The American, who’d been plagued by injuries since winning his fourth World title in Daegu, was a pleasant surprise as he jumped a season-best 7.95/26-1 during qualifications. But he only managed 7.88/25-10¼ at the final to finish 11th. London Olympic champ Greg Rutherford, who'd been battling a hamstring injury, did not qualify for the final.

High Jump:

The men's high jump qualification round saw the event's first surprise as American Jesse Williams, the defending World champion, needed three tries to clear 2.22/7-3¼, then missed three times at 2.26/7-5 and failed to reach the final. Two other jumpers who'd do well in the final – Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar and Canada's Derek Drouin – were unimpressive in qualifying, but young Ukrainian Bohdan Bondarenko was, as he reached the final via a pair of successful jumps. Bondarenko then needed just four attempts to win the gold medal. The Ukrainian cleared at 2.29/7-6, passed the next height, then cleared 2.35/7-8½. Bondarenko, showing remarkable confidence, surprisingly passed at 2.38/7-9¾ – the winning height at the 2012 Olympics – then missed his first try at 2.41/7-10¾ before clearing on his second attempt to set a new World Championships record. Drouin and Russia's Ivan Ukhov were perfect through 2.35, while Barshim sat in fourth with one miss at 2.32/7-7¼. Barshim then moved into second by clearing 2.38 on his first try, while Drouin needed two attempts and Ukhov plus Donald Thomas of the Bahamas failed on all three tries. Neither Barshim nor Drouin could improve further, leaving Barshim with the silver medal while Drouin earned the bronze, along with a new Canadian record. Bondarenko ended the competition with three misses at a potential world-record height of 2.46/8-¾.

Read more:
World Championships Main Page
2012 Olympic Jumps Recap
Track & Field Events: Jumps and Throws

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