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Russians jump to glory

Golden leap: Mariya Lasitskene reeled off her 38th straight victory on Thursday.

Golden leap: Mariya Lasitskene reeled off her 38th straight victory on Thursday.  

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Genzebe Dibaba proves she is the best over 3000m

Mariya Lasitskene and Danil Lysenko could not represent their banned home nation of Russia at the World indoor championships but, competing as neutral athletes, the spring-heeled pair still leapt to high jump gold on Thursday.

Lasitskene, one of the world’s most dominant athletes in her event, reeled off her 38th straight victory while Lysenko caused the championships’ first big shock by handing out a rare defeat to IAAF male athlete of the year, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim.

The outstanding 20-year-old prospect Lysenko needed a third-attempt clearance at 2.36 metres to win the gold outright from Barshim, who had a rare three-time failure at that same height.

While the high jump contests took centre-stage on a novel opening day to the four-day championships, the great Ethiopian Genzebe Dibaba was the first track luminary to shine as she produced a dazzling effort to win the 3,000 metres title.

The results:

Men: High jump: 1. Danil Lysenko (Ana) 2.36m, 2. Mutaz Essa Barshim (Qat) 2.33, 3. Mateusz Przybylko (Ger) 2.39.

Women: 3000m: 1. Genzebe Dibaba (Eth) 8:45.05s, 2. Sifan Hassan (Ned) 8:45.68, 3. Laura Muir (GBr) 8:45.78.

High jump: Mariya Lasitskene (Ana) 2.01m, 2. Vashti Cunnigham (USA) 1.93, 3. Alessia Trost (Ita) 1.93.

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