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Russia's Andrey Silnov takes gold in Men's High Jump

Beijing, Aug 19: Andrey Silnov of Russia won gold in the Men's High Jump with a final cleared jump of 2.36 meters at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Silnov cleared every height with his first jump up to 2.36m and took the Gold when his nearest rivals failed on their attempts, though he was unable to go over 2.42m. Great Britain's Germaine Mason jumped a personal best of 2.34m to take the silver, while Silnov's compatriot and World Championships silver medalist Yaroslav Rybakov jumped a season best of 2.34m, to second place on countback after both were unable to clear 2.36m.

The 23-year-old Silnov was the class athlete in a strong field and sealed a double Pole Vault gold for Russia after Elena Isinbaeva won the Women's competition on Monday.

Early in the competition the field of 12 was reduced to nine at the 2.25m mark and then shrunk further still at 2.29m and 2.32m.

Athens 2004 Olympic Games gold medalist Stefan Holm of Sweden came in fourth, clearing a final height of 2.32m.

At the 2006 European championships in front of his home crowd in Sweden, he only managed to win bronze, whilst at the 2007 World Championships he missed out on a medal, finishing fourth.

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Story first published: Tuesday, August 19, 2008, 21:11 [IST]
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