Erik Kynard Wins IAAF Diamond League Crown in Belgium


MANHATTAN, Kan.
– In just his second meet since the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, former Wildcat Erik Kynard won his first overall Diamond League title in high jump with a final mark of 2.32m/7-07.25 at the King Baudouin Stadium in Brussels, Belgium. 

“The neat measure of the Diamond League is that it is a reflection of both a high level of performance as well as consistency at a high level,” Kansas State director of track and field and cross country Cliff Rovelto said. “This is a head-to-head competition with the very best in the world and at this time in history perhaps as good a top-end group as there has been. Winning in these times is pretty significant and very special.”

Kynard was perfect through his first four bars of 2.20m/7-02.50, 2.23m/7-03.75, 2.26m/7-05 and 2.29m/7-06. On the next bar of 2.32m/7-07.25, the Toledo, Ohio, native cleared on his second attempt after barely missing the bar on his first try. 

The two other competitors at 2.32m/7-07.25, Qatar’s Mutaz Essa Barshim and Great Britain’s Robbie Grabarz, also cleared the height but on their final attempts. All three competitors missed all of their attempts at 2.35m/7-08.50, allowing Kynard to seal the AG Insurance Memorial Van Damme and Diamond League crown with his one miss at 2.32m. 

Over the course of the Diamond League series, Kynard earned two first-place finishes, two-second place finishes and one third-place finish. He concluded the competition with 46 points, 10 points better than second-place finisher Barshim. 

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Erik Kynard Diamond League Results
Doha – 2.33m7-07.75 (1st)
Rabat – 2.28m/7-05.75 (2nd)
Birmingham (England) – 2.35m/7-08.50 (2nd)(Season Best)
Lausanne – 2.32m/7-07.25 (3rd)
Brussels – 2.32m/7-07.25 (1st)
Total Points – 46 points