Drained Pali Comes in Last in High Jump Final

Israeli teenager Niki Pali fails to clear bar at 2.20 meters.

Israeli teenager Niki Pali came in last in the high jump final yesterday after failing to clear the bar at 2.20 meters. Pali had jumped a personal best of 2.27 Saturday to qualify for the final. "I used up all my strength in the qualifiers," said Pali. "It's my first time competing indoors and my first time jumping day after day. It wasn't easy, as I'm not used to it, but it was a great experience." Stefan Holm kept his high jump crown as Sweden enjoyed a one-two in the competition. The Olympic champ won the event ahead of Linus Thornblad with jump of 2.34 meters. Britain's Martyn Bernard took an unexpected bronze after favorite Tomas Janku of the Czech Republic pulled out with an injury sustained when clearing 2.25.