Athletics - World Athletics Championships – women's high jump final – London Stadium, London, Britain – August 12, 2017 – Neutral athlete Maria Lasitskene celebrates after winning gold. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Russia’s Maria Lasitskene retained the women’s high jump title at the World Athletics Championships here.

The 24-year-old, competing as an authorized neutral athlete, cleared 2.03 meters for the gold medal on Saturday night, Xinhua news agency reported.  Rohit Sharma Ideal Option To Lead India In Limited Overs If Kohli Rests, Says Former Selector

Ukraine’s Yuliia Levchenko took silver in 2.01 and Poland’s Kamila Licwinko was third in 1.99.

Lasitskene, who missed last year’s Rio Olympics because of Russia’s suspension, failed at 1.99 twice but regained form thereafter.  MS Dhoni Deserves Every Chance Of Playing In The Next World Cup: Mike Hussey

“My two failed attempts at 1.99m woke me up,” she said.

“A gold medal here was my main goal for this season but certainly I would like to raise the bar a bit higher. I didn’t like any one of my attempts at 2.08m.”

She challenged 2.08 three times but failed.  Ravindra Jadeja Real Test Will be to Perform in Australia and South Africa: Nari Contractor

“It was an unbelievable championships for me. I was focussed from the opening jump until the last attempt. I didn’t allow myself to get emotional,” Levchenko said.

“At 2.01m it was not my best technical attempt. I thought that such a height would not forgive the mistakes I made.”  Suresh Raina In Line To Make ODI Comeback

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