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New heights for Blanka

Two-time World Champion Blanka Vlasic became the second best high-jumper of all time with a super leap of 2.08 metres Monday night.

And where better to do it than at the Zagreb Grand Prix meeting in her home country of Croatia.ÔÇ¿ÔÇ¿Continuing her fine form this season, Vlasic opened the competition at the Sport Park Mladost at 1.90m, then cleared 1.94m, 2.00m, 2.05m all on her first attempt.

Her 2.08m national record also came on her first attempt. This added a centimetre to her previous personal best, and with that the 25-year-old took sole possession of the No 2 spot all-time.

Only World record holder Stefka Kostadinova of Bulgaria, who has cleared 2.08m and 2.09m, has jumped higher.

ÔÇ£I really didn’t expect to clear 2.08 with my first attempt,ÔÇØ said Vlasic, who added another fond Zagreb memory to her scrap book. Her first 2.00m leap came at this meeting as well, back in 2003.

Her leap over 2.05m was a clean, elegant clearance with plenty to spare, signaling that her laborious and admittedly tired outing in Zurich three nights ago was well behind her.

She was clear and clean at 2.08m as well, setting the stage for yet another World record attempt. But again, even on this night, 2.10m was beyond her means, although each of her three attempts weren’t that shy of success.

While Vlasic clearly rose to the occasion, others could not as Berlin World Championships silver medallist who jumped her 2.04m personal best here last year, topped out at 1.94m to finish a distant second.


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