Ukraine's Yaroslava Mahuchikh (© Christel Saneh)
Ukraine’s world indoor high jump champion Yaroslava Mahuchikh continued her preparations for the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 by leaping a world lead of 2.03m* in Brno, Czech Republic, on Wednesday (22).
It is the 20-year-old’s second world-leading performance within a week, adding two centimetres to the 2.01m she achieved to win at the Wanda Diamond League meeting in Paris.
On Wednesday she went on to attempt 2.05m and won the competition, which was held in a car park setting at the Olympia Brno shopping centre, ahead of her compatriot Iryna Gerashchenko with 1.97m and Uzbekistan’s Safina Sadullayeva with 1.91m.
Mahuchikh has now jumped two metres or higher in four competitions this year, including the World Indoor Championships in Belgrade in March, where she cleared 2.02m to claim her first senior global title. Her win in Brno continues her unbeaten season, following success in Eugene, Rabat and Paris.
After her win in Paris, Mahuchikh explained how she continues to train in Germany due to the conflict in her home country.
She will now be targeting her first senior global gold in Oregon, having secured world silver in Doha in 2019 before claiming Olympic bronze in Tokyo last year.
Over at the Swedish Team Championships in Uppsala on Tuesday (21), Olympic and world discus champion Daniel Stahl threw a world-leading 71.47m for the second-furthest throw of his career.
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The 71.27m recorded by Slovenia’s Kristjan Ceh at last month’s Diamond League meeting in Birmingham had been the previous world lead, setting up a highly-anticipated head-to-head for the world discus title in Oregon next month.
Stahl’s best is the 71.86m Swedish record he set in Bottnaryd in 2019.