World outdoor bronze medallist Ilya ivanyuk won the men’s high jump competition at the City Event held at the Place de l’Europe in the Lausanne centre on Wednesday evening, on the ev of the main programme of the Wanda Diamond League at the Pontaise Stadium.
Ivanyuk claimed the win as the only jumper to clear 2.30m. The Russian jumper bounced back from his ninth place at the Olympic Games in Tokyo where he cleared the same height of 2.30m.
Ivanyuk failed three attempts at the world leading mark of 2.38m. US jumper Shelby McEwen finished second with a first-time clearance of 2.27m beating Andiy Protsenko and Edgar Rivera on countback.
Ilya Ivanyuk: “The track was very bouncy. It was very bouncy. It helped me to jump well. At 2.38m, I had a good first jump but on the second and third I had a problem when my socks slipped away. Maybe at my next competition in Zurich, I can jump well”.
Olympic champion Gianmarco Tamberi had a clean-sheet up to 2.24m but he failed to clear his first attempt at 2.27m and decided to pass this height. The Italian star was not able to clear his remaining attempts at 2.30m and had to settle with fifth place with 2.24m.
Gianmarco Tamberi: “I am sorry. It’s difficult when you win a gold medal after five years of trying. I will be back.and promise to jump higher next time. After the Games and winning gold, I am still getting used to my win and I could not sleep for a few days. I have to get back into focus to jump higher again in Zurich. I am not going to set a limit and a height objective. For me anything is possible”.