Shkolina wins the women's high jump at worlds

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Associated Press

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 11:06 AM

Updated Saturday, Aug 17 at 11:06 AM

MOSCOW (AP) — Svetlana Shkolina of Russia won the women's high jump at the world championships Saturday with a leap of 6 feet, 8 inches, beating Brigetta Barrett of the United States by 1¼ inches.

Olympic champion Anna Chicherova of Russia, who was also the defending world champion, shared bronze with Ruth Beitia of Spain. Both cleared 6-5½.

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 6-8, Barrett mistimed her steps on her run-up and didn't even jump before slumping against the mat.

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