Ukrainian athlete Andriy Protsenko won gold at the international track and field championships in Montgeron-Essonne, France, on May 11. At the second attempt Protsenko cleared the bar at 2.26 meters, which brought him to the top of the high jump pedestal. Russian Lev Missirov and Romanian Mihai Donisan cleared the bar at a height of 2.24 meters and occupied the second and third positions, respectively. Missirov managed to overcome the obstacle at his first attempt, while Donisau needed two attempts.
Interestingly, Andriy Protsenko of Ukraine finished fifth at the Diamond League stage in Doha, Qatar, on May 9. He then demonstrated the result of 2.27 meters. At the same time his runner-up in Montgeron – Ukhov – triumphed at Doha. “… No less than four men were still battling for the win with the bar set at 2.39 meters. To get there, Derek Drouin and Erik Kynard topped 2.37 meters with their first tries, Mutaz Essa Barshim succeeded with his third while, Ukhov, after a miss at 2.37 meters, chose to pass to the next height. The Russian cleared that confidently with his first leap, putting the pressure on the trio that was suddenly relegated to the role of chasers,” reads the news piece on the official website of the event. Eventually, Ukhov cleared the bar at 3.41 meters in Doha, yet he failed to show the same result in Montgeron.
Andriy Protsenko, 1988, demonstrated his personal best outdoor results in Berdychiv in September of 2013, clearing the heights of 2.32 meters. His personal best indoor result – 2.36 meters – was set in March 2014 in Sopot. Notably, at the IAAF World Indoor Championships 2014 in Sopot Protsenko finished with the third best result.
Notably, the ruling World Champion in high jump Bohdan Bondarenko of Ukraine took the first place at the 49th Palio Citta della Quercia meeting in Rovereto, Italy, in September 2013. Earlier Bondarenko won gold for Ukraine at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. With the result of 2.41 meters Bondarenko became the fourth athlete in history who managed to overcome the bar that high. The high jumper also won the Diamond Race, making a series of winning attempts. At Lausanne, Sweden, the eighth stage of the Diamond Race, Bohdan Bondarenko had an incredible performance in the high jump (2.41 meters).