Eleanor Patterson, an Australian, equaled the Oceania high jump record of 2.02 metres at the ideal moment, winning the unexpected gold medal at the World Championships.
Patterson missed twice at 1.98 metres, once at her prior best of 2.00, but she succeeded at 2.02 on her first try, moving her up to first place and outpacing everyone else.
In contrast to Ukrainian favourite Yaroslava Mahuchikh, who required two attempts to reach the same height before both athletes failed to clear 2.04 metres, her rivals’ subsequent failures were sufficient for her to win the gold on countback.
Elena Vallortigara of Italy, who went error-free up to 2.00 metres but was unable to advance farther, won bronze on countback over Iryna Gerashchenko of Ukraine.
I have no idea what occurred, 2.02, it’s crazy, Patterson remarked. “It was an amazing performance from everyone when so many girls ran the two metres. I’m overjoyed to pass 2.02. I’m incredibly pleased of my team and myself.”
Mariya Lasitskene, an Olympic and three-time world champion, was not present in Eugene due to the Russian athletes’ ban.