First in Israeli History: 18 Year-old Wins High Jump at World Championship

Itamar Katzir
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Jonathan Kapitulnik competing in high jump
Jonathan Kapitulnik competing in high jumpCredit: Maxim Dupliy
Itamar Katzir

Israeli high jumper Jonathan Kapitulink, 18, won a gold medal in the sport at the world championship for the under-20 age bracket, making him the first Israeli to win a high jump gold at the prestigious competition.

Kapitulink arrived at the championship in Kenya as the reigning under-20 European champion with the second-best score worldwide at 2.25 meters (7ft 4in).

He skipped the starting height of 2 meters starting at 2.06 meters instead. The Israeli athlete was the only competitor to pass all the heights on the first attempt and ultimately won the title with a result of 2.19 meters.

This year's championship was missing athletes from a number of competitive countries including China, whose jumper has the highest yearly score; the championship had no preliminary events and opened at the finals level.

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