Howard sixth in high jump
Olympic Trials champion Chaunte Howard finished sixth in the women's high jump in her second trip to the Olympic Games. The 24-year-old mother cleared 1.85m/6-0.75 and 1.89m/6-2.25 on her first tries. She made the next two heights - 1.93m/6-4 and 1.96m/6-5 - on her second attempts, then got over a season-best height of 1.99m/6-6.25 on her third attempt. Three tries at 2.01m/6-7 were unsuccessful.
Tia Hellebaut of Belgium pulled off one of the biggest upsets of the Games, defeating the dominant Blanka Vlasic of Croatia for the gold. Both women cleared 2.05m/6-8.75, but Hellebaut did it on her first try, while Vlasic required two attempts. The height was a national record for Belgium. Anna Chicherova of Russia came third with 2.03m/6-8.