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A high jump classic in the making?

The high jump has given us some enthralling competitions in recent indoor seasons (remember this one?) and we could get another one tomorrow as Aleksey Dmitrik takes on Mutaz Essa Barshim in Banska Bystrica, Slovakia. They’ve been trading the world-lead all winter and this will be their second encounter of 2013, with Barshim prevailing in Trinec last week. He then improved the world-lead to 2.37m in Moscow (which he cleared on his first attempt!) less than twenty-four hours after Dmitrik regained it with a 2.36m clearance in Arnstadt. Their recent form demonstrates they should both be capable of challenging Ivan Ukhov’s meeting record of 2.38m. 

Barshim in 2013

13/1/2013 Kristianstad 2.30m
20/1/2013 Vaxjo 2.33m
26/1/2013 Hustopece 2.30m
29/1/2013 Trinec 2.34m
3/2/2013 Moscow 2.37m =AR

Dmitrik in 2013

20/1/2013 St. Petersburg 2.31m
26/1/2013 Glasgow 2.31m
29/1/2013 Trinec 2.31m
2/2/2013 Arnstadt 2.36m

Best marks in Banska Bystrica

2.38m Ivan Ukhov 2010
2.38m Ukhov 2011
2.37m Stefan Holm 2007
2.36m Sorin Matei 1995
2.36m Andrey Sokolovskiy 2006
2.36m Linus Thornblad 2009
2.36m Jesse Williams 2009
2.34m Holm 2003
2.34m Holm 2004
2.34m Thornblad 2006
2.34m Holm 2008
2.34m Williams 2011
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Trost clears 2.00m in Trinec

It’s taken a while for Alessia Trost to build on the promise she first showed when winning the world youth title in 2009 but the Italian now starts as a firm medal contender at the European Indoor Championships in March.

Trost only improved her PB by three centimetres in the three seasons after triumphing on home-soil in Bressanone but a 2.00m world-lead clearance in Trinec marks a massive eight centimetre improvement on her pre-2013 PB and a world age-19 best.

She also became the third Italian to break this benchmark height after former Olympic champion Sara Simeoni and Antonietta Di Martino who won the last edition of the European Indoor Championships in 2011.

Trost, whose pre-jump routine shares many similarities to Di Martino’s, is unbeaten indoors in 2013 and with Blanka Vlasic delaying her return until the summer, Anna Chicherova unlikely to compete indoors and Di Martino injured, the European Indoor Championships looks the platform for Trost to claim her first medal in the senior ranks. 


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