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Last Updated Tuesday December 12 2017 05:23 PM IST

Glory at last for Russian neutrals as Lasitskene retains high jump gold

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Lasitskene retains high jump title Maria Lasitskene of the Authorized Neutral Athletes celebrates after winning the women's high jump gold. Getty Images

London: Maria Lasitskene became the first Russian to win a gold medal at the World Championships in London after successfully defending her high jump title on Saturday.

The 24-year-old, competing as an authorized neutral athlete, stretched her unbeaten streak to 25 competitions by clearing 2.03 meters to triumph in the London Stadium.

Having already secured gold, Lasitskene tried to beat the Russian national record and her own personal best by jumping 2.08m but she failed on all three attempts.

Yuliia Levchenko of Ukraine won her first major global medal by taking silver after clearing a personal best height of 2.01m, while Kamila Licwinko of Poland won bronze with an effort of 1.99m.

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