Chicherova soars to high jump gold for Russia

Russia's Anna Chicherova won an emotional Olympic gold medal in the women's high jump on Saturday, clearing 2.05 meters for victory.

Chicherova's triumph marks a Russian Olympic double in the high jump after Ivan Ukhov triumphed in the men's event.

Brigetta Barrett of the United States claimed the silver with a jump of 2.03.

Chicherova's fellow Russian Svetlana Shikolina made the same height but had to settle for bronze due to more failures in the competition.

Russia's 21st gold medal of the Olympics and eighth in track and field sent Chicherova into tears at the achievement.

First published in RIA Novosti.

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