Kajsa Bergqvist: 2.06!
Kajsa Bergqvist of Sweden cleared a sensational 2.06 at the high jump meeting in Eberstadt, Germany. The jump places her third on the all-time list behind world record holder Stefka Kostadinova (2.09) and Lyudmila Andonova (2.07), both of Bulgaria.
Bergqvists's performance is the best mark since German Heike Henkel set the indoor world record in 1992 with a 2.07. Outdoors, it's the best result since 1988.
Bergqvist, whose previous best was a 2.05 jump from last year, had taken time off after a dismal showing at the Golden League meeting in Rome to regain her form ahead of the World Championships in Paris.
The Swede had three good attempts at the world record height of 2.10 in Eberstadt, but failed to beat Kostadinova's long-lasting mark set in Rome in 1987.
Standing at 1.75m, Bergqvist jumped a full 31cms over her own height. Just one centimeter short of Níki Bakoyianni (1.71m) who cleared 2.03 at the Olympic Games in Atlanta - a difference of 32cms.
Despite Bergqvist's remarkable effort, Kostadinova is still the towering figure of the women's high jump. The Bulgarian legend registered 26 jumps at 2.04 and above. And ten times she went 2.06 or higher. Stefka Kostadinova dominated high jumping in the 80's, but had the longevity to show up for the Atlanta Games in 1996 where she finally won an Olympic gold medal.