Silnov clears 7 feet, 8¾ inches to win high jump gold

BEIJING -- Andrey Silnov of Russia has won the men's high jump at the Beijing Olympics.

Silnov cleared 2.36 meters (7 feet, 8¾ inches) without a miss Tuesday to secure the gold, then failed three times at 2.42 (7-11¼).

Britain's Germaine Mason picked up silver at 2.34 meters (7-8). Mason competed for Jamaica until 2006 and still holds the national record in the Caribbean nation.

Former world indoors champion Yaroslav Rybakov got bronze for Russia at the same height. He lost to Mason on a countback.

Rybakov's medal adds to his silvers at the 2001, 2005 and 2007 world championships.

Defending champion Stefan Holm of Sweden was fourth at 2.32 meters (7-7¼)after missing at two greater heights.