• Spain's Ruth Beitia becomes Olympic champion at age of 37; Rohler wins javelin with 90.30m

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The 37-year-old Spaniard Ruth Beitia became an Olympic high jump Champion in Rio on Saturday.

Beitia cleared 1.97m to  become the oldest  high jump Olympic champion in history. 

Also clearing 1.97m Bulgaria's Mirela Demireva and Croatia's Blanka Vlasic took silver and Bronze respectively. 

The world season leader  Chaunte Lowe of the United States finished in 4th with 1.97 m as her compatriot the-19-year-old World indoor champion Vashti Cunningham took only 13 place by clearing 1.88m.

See full women's high jump results here>>

Meanwhile in the men's javelin final Germany's Thomas Rohler with a massive throw of 90.30m in round 5 and took the gold.

Last year;s world championships winner Julius Yego of Kenya took silver with 88.24m as defending Olympic champion Keshorn Walcott claimed bronze with a throw of 85.38m.  

Yego took the lead in first round with 88.24m, but unfortunately he was forced to withdraw from further competition as he suffered an injury while attempting his second throw. 

Full javelin final results here>>

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