Ukrainian High Jumper Breaks Bulgarian Stefka Kostadinova's 37-Year-Old Record

Yaroslava Mahuchikh

Ukrainian high jumper Yaroslava Mahuchikh has broken Stefka Kostadinova's long-standing world record in the women's high jump. The 22-year-old Mahuchikh cleared 2.10 meters on her first attempt at this height during the Diamond League athletics tournament in Paris, as reported by BTA.

Here's the moment Yaroslava Mahuchikh ???????? broke the women's High Jump World Record (WR) with a stunning 2.10m at the Paris Diamond League!
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Bulgaria's Stefka Kostadinova had set the previous record of 2.09 meters at the World Championships in Rome in 1987, holding the world record for 37 years. Before her record-breaking jump, Mahuchikh successfully cleared heights of 2.01 meters, 2.03 meters, and 2.07 meters, all on her second attempts.

Nicola Olyslagers from Australia, the indoor world champion, secured second place with a jump of 2.01 meters, while Serbian athlete Angelina Topic took third with a new national record of 1.98 meters.

Mahuchikh, whose previous personal best was 2.06 meters set in 2021, is considered a favorite for the gold medal at the upcoming Olympics in Paris. In 2022, she attempted but failed to break Kostadinova's world record during the Diamond League athletics tournament in Brussels.

Last month, Stefka Kostadinova, chairman of the Bulgarian Olympic Committee, was a special guest at the European Athletics Championships in Rome, where Mahuchikh won the title with a jump of 2.01 meters.

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