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Shkolina wins the women’s high jump at worlds

August 17, 2013

MOSCOW (AP) — Svetlana Shkolina of Russia won the women’s high jump at the world championships on Saturday with a leap of 2.03 meters, beating Brigetta Barrett of the United States by three centimeters.

Olympic champion Anna Chicherova of Russia, who is also the defending world champion, shared bronze with Ruth Beitia of Spain. Both cleared 1.97.

Emma Green Tregaro of Sweden, who wore rainbow-colored fingernails during qualifying to show support for Russian gays and lesbians in the face of an anti-gay law, finished fifth in the final, with red nails.

With one attempt to go for 2.03, Barrett mistimed her steps on her run-up and didn’t even jump before slumping against the mat.

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