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Athletics - 23. August 2008.

Long Jump-Hellebaut causes olympic upset

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.

Hellebaut claims the Gold

Vlasic had to settle for Silver


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.


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