Ilya Ivanyuk from Russia won the men’s high jump competition with a world-leading mark of 2.29m at the fourth edition of the Udin Jump Development at the Ovidio Brenes indoor facility in the Northern Italian town Udine. Ivanyuk improved his seasonal best of 2.28m set in Chelyabinsk on 20th January. The world bronze medallist then failed his three attempts at 2.32m.
European Indoor bronze medallist Thomas Carmoy cleared 2.23m to finish runner-up before failing his three attempts at 2.29m. On countback, Luis Zayas cleared 2.20m in his first attempt to take third place ahead of Andiy Protsenko, Tihomir Ivanov, and Erik Portillo.
Former Olympic silver medallist Mirela Demireva from Bulgaria cleared her opening height of 1.86m only in the third attempt before going over 1.88m and 1.90m at the first time of asking to prevail in the women's high jump. The Bulgarian jumper made three unsuccessful attempts at a world-leading height of 1.97m. European Indoor bronze medallist Ella Junnila cleared 1.88m in her third attempt to finish second before failing her three attempts at 1.92m. Lia Apostolovski finished third with 1.86m to beat 2017 world silver medallist Yuliya Levchenko on countback.
The meeting was organized by former Italian high jump record holder the 1983 European Indoor bronze medallist Massimo Di Giorgio, and high jump coach Mario Gasparetto is dedicated to the memory of Athens 2004 Olympic finalist Alessandro Talotti, who passed away last May at the age of 40. World record-holder Javier Sotomayor was invited as the special guest for the fourth consecutive edition.