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2007 World Championships in Athletics Osaka, Japan

2007 11th IAAF World Championships - Osaka - Men's High Jump

 

 

Host City: Osaka, Japan Format: Qualifying round (2.29 or top 12 to final) (Aug 27)
Dates: 24 August - 2 September 2007
Nations participating: 200
Athletes participating: 1,978
    Main venue: Nagai Stadium
Overview by IAAF   nagai stadium01 
The pre-championship world list was headed by Thomas and Holm with 2.35, but the Swedish Olympic Champion was favourite to win over the inexperienced Bahamian who had only converted from basketball nineteen months earlier. The qualifying saw a record 15 men clear 2.29. Six men got over 2.30 in the final, with Holm, Rybakov, Moya and Janku all without any losses. Holm and Rybakov cleared 2.33 first time, while Ioannou made 2.33 on his second attempt and Thomas got over on his final try. So it looked as though gold would be contested between the tall (1.98) Russian and the relatively short (1.81) Swede. The form book was then turned on its head, as Thomas cleared first time at 2.35 with his unique variation of the Fosbury Flop which was described as a “reverse wiggle.” Rybakov and Ioannou got over third time, and Holm was left out of the medals.
 The Men's High Jump event at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics took place on August 27, 2007 (qualification), and August 29, 2007 (final), at the Nagai Stadium in Osaka, Japan.

Records

World Record  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.45 m Salamanca, Spain 27 July 1993
Championship Record  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.40 m Stuttgart, Germany 22 August 1993
 
  High Jump 29 August
  Final

Event report: Men's High Jump Final

Don Thomas, who only took up high jumping a year ago as a break from playing basketball at Auburn College, tonight slam-dunked his way to a World Championship, taking the High Jump title from right under the noses of better-known, more established athletes.

The 23-year-old Bahamian had come to Osaka with some form, having won Pan-Am Games silver and jumped the best height of the year so far at 2.35 - but it was all a long way from 12 months ago when he joined in with a training session and jumped 2.22 wearing basketball shorts and flats.

Thomas's first-time clearance at 2.35 gave him the gold, ahead of Yaroslav Rybakov, of Russia, and Kyriakou Ioannou, from Cyprus, who both needed two attempts, Ioannou's bronze being the first ever won at the World Championships by his Mediterranean island state.

First to go, amid some inaccurate jumping at 2.21, was the Swede, Linus Thornblad, that many had fancied to win a medal. Yet even Thomas misjudged his first jump at this height.

At 2.26, Thomas repeated his first attempt error, putting the Bahamian at a disadvantage against the likes of Holm, Rybakov and Tomas Janku. It was a height that also trapped Andrey Silnov (RUS) and Jaroslav Baba (CZE). Soon, only six jumpers had blemish-free records.

And not much later, Michal Bieniek (POL) was eliminated at that height, followed soon after by Brazil's Jesse de Lima and the European champion, Andrey Silnov, of Russia.

Holm, though, was flying, his first-time clearance at 2.30 seeing him bulleting through the black, muggy Osaka night sky.

Ioannou and Eike Onnen (GER) both had failures at this height, but the Cypriot opted to try again, and succeeded, while the German decided to pass. Only four had clean cards as they moved the bar to 2.33.

Ioannou's gamble paid off, but Onnen's did not, as he failed out at the next height, 2.33, as did Victor Moya, the Cuban being watched from the stands by the former champion, Javier Sotomayor, his manager.

Martyn Bernard, the Briton who on Tuesday had set a personal best 2.29 to qualify for this final, had been jumping as if he had no sense of his own shortcomings. He needed three attempts to clear 2.21, but then passed 2.26 and 2.30, before having one fail at 2.33. The really surprising thing was that he came as close with his two attempts at 2.35 as did Holm.

This was when the pressure really took hold, because after Ioannou, Holm and Rybakov all had first-attempt failures at 2.35, Thomas stepped up, and off his tight six-stride run-up, almost seemed to climb over with his first attempt as if he was about to slam dunk a basketball, and then bounced off the landing bed in delight.

Ioannou, having set a Cypriot record at 2.33, improved it to 2.35 with his second attempt, a feat matched by Rybakov.

For the first time in the night, you could see the strain etched on Holm's face. You could also see it in the Olympic champion's jumping, too, as his final effort was probably his worst.

Ioannou and Rybakov now needed to clear 2.37, and when they did not, the title was Thomas's.

Osaka 2007 News Team/sd

1 Donald Thomas BAH 1 Jul 84 2.35
2 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 22 Nov 80 2.35
3 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 26 Jul 84 2.35
4 Stefan Holm SWE 25 May 76 2.33
5 Victor Moya CUB 24 Oct 82 2.30
5 Tomas Janku CZE 27 Dec 74 2.30
7 Eike Onnen GER 3 Aug 82 2.26
8 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2 Sep 84 2.26
9 Kabelo Kgosiemang BOT 7 Jan 86 2.26
10 Tom Parsons GBR 5 May 84 2.26
11 Michal Bieniek POL 17 May 84 2.21
11 Andrey Silnov RUS 9 Sep 84 2.21
13 Jesse de Lima BRA 16 Feb 81 2.21
14 Martyn Bernard GBR 15 Dec 84 2.21
15 Linus Thornblad SWE 6 Mar 85 2.16
Final 20:00 Team height JN N 216 221 226 230 233 235 237
1 Donald Thomas BAH 2.35m 7 357 XO XO O XXO O XXX
2 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.35m 4 976 O O O O XO XXX
3 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 2.35m 2 470 O O O XO XO XO XXX
4 Stefan Holm SWE 2.33m 3 1027 O O O O XXX
5 Tomas Janku CZE 2.30m 5 477 O O O O XXX
5 Victor Moya CUB 2.30m 8 466 O O O O XXX
7 Eike Onnen GER 2.26m 13 640 O O X- XX
8 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.26m 15 473 O O XO XXX
9 Kabelo Kgosiemang BOT 2.26m 6 384 XO O XXO XXX
10 Tom Parsons GBR 2.26m 10 604 O XXO XXO XXX
11 Michal Bieniek POL 2.21m 9 889 O O XXX
11 Andrey Silnov RUS 2.21m 14 977 O XXX
13 Jesse de Lima BRA 2.21m 11 395 XO O XXX
14 Martyn Bernard GBR 2.21m 12 585 XXO X- XX
15 Linus Thornblad SWE 2.16m 1 1034 O XXX
  Qualification 27 August

Event report: Men’s High Jump Qualifying

Yuriy Krymarenko will not get to defend his World title, after the 24-year-old Ukrainian crashed out of qualifying this morning.

He was bitterly disappointed, but the surprise winner in Helsinki two years ago was not able to rise to the occasion here, nor was he prepared to reveal quite why he found the qualifying height of 2.29 impossible to achieve, after he scraped over 2.26 at the third attempt.

“I do not want to speak about the reasons why I did not qualify,” said Krymarenko, who has been in indifferent form throughout the season. “It is not a tragedy, life goes on, but maybe my illness during my training camp in Seoul was part of today’s bad result.”

In all, 15 men will contest the final, though they will not include Russia‘s World Indoor silver medallist, Andrey Tereshin, who, despite a season’s best of 2.34, today failed at 2.26, or any of the three American entries, with US champion Jim Dilling managing only 2.19 (and that at the third attempt).

Also out is 36-year-old Dragutin Topic, a World Junior champion in 1990 and here competing at the World Championships for a seventh time. The old legs did not co-operate this time, though, and after one fail at 2.23, the Serb failed twice more at 2.26.

One of those going through is Kabelo Kgosiemang, the first Botswanan ever to qualify for a World Championships final outdoors. “Everything came right with my third attempt,” he said, after acknowledging the support of the morning crowd, who greeted the 21-year-old African champion’s feat with enthusiastic delight.

It has been eight years since Britain last had a finallist in the men’s High Jump at these championships and now, like London buses, two have come along together. Martyn Bernard and Tom Parsons both set PBs to clear 2.29.

Osaka 2007 News Team/sd

1 Linus Thornblad SWE 6 Mar 85 2.29 Q
2 Andrey Silnov RUS 9 Sep 84 2.29 Q
2 Eike Onnen GER 3 Aug 82 2.29 Q
4 Tomas Janku CZE 27 Dec 74 2.29 Q
5 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 22 Nov 80 2.29 Q
5 Stefan Holm SWE 25 May 76 2.29 Q
7 Victor Moya CUB 24 Oct 82 2.29 Q
7 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2 Sep 84 2.29 Q
9 Martyn Bernard GBR 15 Dec 84 2.29 Q
10 Donald Thomas BAH 1 Jul 84 2.29 Q
10 Jesse de Lima BRA 16 Feb 81 2.29 Q
12 Tom Parsons GBR 5 May 84 2.29 Q
12 Kabelo Kgosiemang BOT 7 Jan 86 2.29 Q
14 Michal Bieniek POL 17 May 84 2.29 Q
14 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 26 Jul 84 2.29 Q
16 Andrea Bettinelli ITA 6 Oct 78 2.26
16 Nicola Ciotti ITA 5 Oct 76 2.26
16 Jamie Nieto USA 2 Nov 76 2.26
19 Rozle Prezelj SLO 26 Sep 79 2.26
19 Svatoslav Ton CZE 20 Oct 78 2.26
21 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 11 Aug 83 2.26
21 Oskari Frosen FIN 24 Jan 76 2.26
23 Peter Horak SVK 7 Dec 83 2.23
24 Andrey Tereshin RUS 15 Dec 82 2.23
25 Dmytro Demyanyuk UKR 30 Jun 83 2.23
26 Jesse Williams USA 27 Dec 83 2.23
27 Germaine Mason GBR 20 Jan 83 2.19
27 Aleksander Walerianczyk POL 1 Sep 82 2.19
27 Niki Palli ISR 28 May 87 2.19
30 Naoyuki Daigo JPN 18 Jan 81 2.19
31 Gerardo Martinez MEX 9 Mar 79 2.19
31 Dragutin Topic SRB 12 Mar 71 2.19
31 Huang Haiqiang CHN 8 Feb 88 2.19
34 Jim Dilling USA 23 Apr 85 2.19
35 Sergey Zasimovich KAZ 11 Mar 86 2.19
36 Abderahmane Hammad ALG 27 May 77 2.14
36 Javier Bermejo ESP 23 Dec 78 2.14
38 James Grayman ANT 11 Oct 85 2.14
William Woodcock SEY 11 Sep 87 NH
 
Group A 10:40 Team height N 214 219 223 226 229
1 Eike Onnen GER 2.29m 640 O O O XO O
1 Andrey Silnov RUS 2.29m 977 O O XO O O
3 Tomaš Janku CZE 2.29m 477 XO O XO O O
4 Stefan Holm SWE 2.29m 1027 O O O XO
5 Jesse de Lima BRA 2.29m 395 O O O O XXO
6 Tom Parsons GBR 2.29m 604 O O XO O XXO
6 Kabelo Kgosiemang BOT 2.29m 384 O O O XO XXO
8 Michal Bieniek POL 2.29m 889 O O XO XO XXO
9 Andrea Bettinelli ITA 2.26m 691 O O O O XXX
10 Rozle Prezelj SLO 2.26m 996 O O O XXO XXX
11 Oskari Frossn FIN 2.26m 543 XO O XXO XXX
11 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 2.26m 1072 O XO O XXO XXX
13 Peter Horak SVK 2.23m 1017 O O O XXX
14 Andrey Tereshin RUS 2.23m 981 O XO O XXX
15 Jesse Williams USA 2.23m 1156 O O XO XXX
16 Niki Palli ISR 2.19m 689 O O XXX
17 Naoyuki Daigo JPN 2.19m 730 XXO O XXX
18 Haiqiang Huang CHN 2.19m 437 O XO XXX
19 Abderrahmane Hammad ALG 2.14m 308 O XXX
- William Woodcock SEY NM 987 XXX
Group B 10:40 Team height N 214 219 223 226 229
1 Linus Thornblad SWE 2.29m 1034 O O O O
2 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.29m 976 O O XO O XO
3 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.29m 473 O O XO O XO
3 Victor Moya CUB 2.29m 466 O O XO XO
5 Martyn Bernard GBR 2.29m 585 O O XO XO XO
6 Donald Thomas BAH 2.29m 357 O O O XXO
7 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 2.29m 470 O XO O XO XXO
8 Jamie Nieto USA 2.26m 1123 O O O XXX
8 Nicola Ciotti ITA 2.26m 693 O O O O XXX
10 Svatoslav Ton CZE 2.26m 481 O O O XXO XXX
11 Dmytro Dem'yanyuk UKR 2.23m 1068 XXO O O XXX
12 Aleksander Walerianczyk POL 2.19m 907 O O XXX
12 Germaine Mason GBR 2.19m 603 O XXX
14 Dragutin Topic SRB 2.19m 1004 O XO X- XX
14 Gerardo Martinez MEX 2.19m 830 O XO XXX
16 Jim Dilling USA 2.19m 1096 O XXO XXX
17 Sergey Zasimovich KAZ 2.19m 764 XO XXO XXX
18 Javier Bermejo ESP 2.14m 503 O XXX
19 James Grayman ANT 2.14m 315 XXO XXX

Group A 27 AUG 2007 10:40 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 1017 Peter Horák SVK SVK 2.30i 2.30i
2 689 Niki Palli ISR ISR 2.30 2.27i
3 1156 Jesse Williams USA USA 2.33 2.33
4 395 Jessé de Lima BRA BRA 2.30 2.27
5 384 Kabelo Kgosiemang BOT BOT 2.30 2.28
6 996 Rožle Prezelj SLO SLO 2.31i 2.27
7 308 Abderrahmane Hammad ALG ALG 2.34 2.28
8 1027 Stefan Holm SWE SWE 2.40i 2.38i
9 543 Oskari Frösén FIN FIN 2.31i 2.28
10 981 Andrey Tereshin RUS RUS 2.36i 2.35i
11 987 William Woodcock SEY SEY 2.18i 2.18i
12 691 Andrea Bettinelli ITA ITA 2.31 2.30
13 977 Andrey Silnov RUS RUS 2.37 2.36i
14 437 Haiqiang Huang CHN CHN 2.32 2.30
15 1072 Yuriy Krimarenko UKR UKR 2.34i 2.34i
16 604 Tom Parsons GBR GBR 2.28 2.28
17 477 Tomáš Janku CZE CZE 2.34 2.34i
18 730 Naoyuki Daigo JPN JPN 2.33 2.30
19 889 Michal Bieniek POL POL 2.36 2.30
20 640 Eike Onnen GER GER 2.34 2.34

Group B 27 AUG 2007 10:40 

Order / LaneBibATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 2007
1 603 Germaine Mason GBR GBR 2.34 2.30
2 976 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS RUS 2.38i 2.38i
3 1068 Dmytro Dem'yanyuk UKR UKR 2.32 2.32
4 1123 Jamie Nieto USA USA 2.34 2.27
5 466 Víctor Moya CUB CUB 2.35 2.33
6 764 Sergey Zassimovich KAZ KAZ 2.30 2.30
7 1034 Linus Thörnblad SWE SWE 2.38i 2.38i
8 1096 Jim Dilling USA USA 2.30 2.30
9 1004 Dragutin Topic SRB SRB 2.38 2.27
10 503 Javier Bermejo ESP ESP 2.28 2.27
11 693 Nicola Ciotti ITA ITA 2.31i 2.27
12 907 Aleksander Walerianczyk POL POL 2.36 2.30
13 473 Jaroslav Bába CZE CZE 2.37i 2.27
14 470 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP CYP 2.32 2.32
15 481 Svatoslav Ton CZE CZE 2.33 2.30
16 315 James Grayman ANT ANT 2.27 2.27
17 357 Donald Thomas BAH BAH 2.35 2.35
18 585 Martyn Bernard GBR GBR 2.30i 2.30i
19 830 Gerardo Martínez MEX MEX 2.30 2.30

Event preview: Men's High Jump

With 10 men having jumped within 3cm of each other so far this season, it is fair to say that this is a wide open event.

It has been a cold and wet summer during the European track season, and this might explain the inconsistent form of the high jumpers. Not until the last couple of weeks before Osaka, when Olympic champion Stefan Holm (SWE) jumped so well to win in London and Stockholm, matching Don Thomas's season-leading height of 2.35m, has what the bookmakers might regard as a “favourite” emerged.

Thomas (BAH) is an interesting character, in that he has only really taken up high jumping in the past 18 months, having been before that at college in the United States, where he played basketball. Since then, he has won a Pan-Am Games silver medal, finished fourth in last year’s Commonwealth Games, and now tops the 2007 performance lists.

Russia will again have their hopes pinned on Yaroslav Rybakov and Andrey Tereshin, who have both jumped 2.34. But Rybakov, with two World silvers to his name, has been beaten four times this season by Tereshin.

German champion Eike Onnen could also be one to watch, having won all the competitions he has competed in this season, except his own national championships (where he withdrew injured without registering a height).

Osaka 2007 News Team/SD

 

 

 

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