Lamara Distin wins at SEC Champs - Oregon22
Lamara Distin Claims 2021 Jamaica National High Jump Championship

EUGENE (19 Jul) – Lamara Distin finished ninth in the women’s high jump at the World Athletics Championships Oregon22 on Tuesday night at Hayward Field.

Distin, representing Jamaica, cleared 1.93m to record her first career world championship top 10 finish. The two-time NCAA national champion opened the competition with a first attempt clearance at 1.84m before clearing the next height of 1.89m on a first attempt. 

It was at 1.96m when the highflyer bowed out with three misses.

Kimberly Williamson, who, like Distin, was competing at this level for the first time, finished 11th with a clearance of 1.89m.

Eleanor Patterson won the gold medal in the women’s high jump by clearing 2.02 metres on her 1st attempt. Patterson set an Oceanian and Australian record with her mark.

The best previous finish by Australia in the women’s high jump was 8th by Patterson in 2015.

Yaroslava Mahuchikh of Ukraine took the silver medal, also clearing 2.02, but on her 2nd attempt. This was the 7th medal for Ukraine in the high jump, with one gold, five silvers, and one bronze.

Elena Vallortigara of Italy won the bronze medal with her 2.00 clearance on her 1st attempt. It was the 4th medal for Italy in the event, after three by Antonietta Di Martino in 2007-11 (1S-2B).

Iryna Gerashchenko of Ukraine placed 4th, despite also clearing 2.00 metres, a personal best for her, but it was on her 2nd attempt.

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Anthony Foster is a renowned Jamaican sports journalist, honored twice as the Jamaica sports journalist of the year (in 2004 and 2005). His journalistic achievements are globally recognized. Notably, he authored an award-winning article on Usain Bolt, the iconic 6-time Olympic champion, 11-time World champion, and record holder for the sprint double. This significant piece was published in the Jamaica Gleaner in 2004. Anthony's extensive coverage includes prestigious events such as the Olympic Games in Beijing 2008, London 2012, and Rio 2016. He has also provided coverage for seven (7) World Athletics Championships held between 2007 and 2022, alongside various other international sporting events. Noteworthy mentions comprise his coverage of the 2007 World Cup of cricket and his cherished experience reporting on the 2004 clash between his favorite football team, Argentina, and the USA.