Ukraine's Krymarenko wins high jump gold

Updated: August 14, 2005, 2:23 PM ET

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By Oliver Grassman

HELSINKI, Aug 14 - Ukraine's Yuriy Krymarenko claimed a surprise victory in the men's high jump at the world championships on Sunday with the last jump of the night.

Krymarenko cleared 2.32 to take gold ahead of Victor Moya of Cuba and Yaroslav Rybakov of Russia, who shared second place with identical records after clearing 2.29.

Olympic champion Stefan Holm, the favourite for gold, was a disappointing seventh with 2.29 on his second attempt.

The Swede, three-time world indoor champion, has yet to win a world outdoor gold after taking silver in 2003.

Rybakov and Moya shared the lead until the Ukrainian, who was the last man to jump on a clear night in the capital, cleared 2.32, just one centimetre below his personal best.

His winning height equalled the lowest in a world final set by Gennady Avdyeyenko of the Soviet Union at the inaugural championships in Finland in 1983, the year Krymarenko was born.

Defending champion Jacques Freitag of South Africa did not qualify for the final.

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