Rovelto Pupil Wins World Championship

Sept. 1, 2011

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Kansas State track and field coach Cliff Rovelto has long been regarded as one of the top high jump coaches in the world. He has coached Olympic medalists, Big Eight Conference champions, Big 12 Conference champions, NCAA champions and now a world champion.

Professional high jumper Jesse Williams has been training with Rovelto since finishing his collegiate career and he soared higher than all others at the IAAF World Championships on Thursday in Daegu, South Korea. The win is a first for a Rovelto-coached high jumper. Williams also is the American to win the World Championship in the high jump since 1991.

Williams cleared 2.35 meters (7-8.50) along with Russian Aleksey Dmitrik but Williams claimed the title by clearing the bar on his first attempt while Dmitrik did so on his second attempt. Dmitrik was behind heading into the attempts at 2.35m as he struggled to get over the bar at the previous two heights. Williams did not struggle at all during the competition, however, as he cleared five bars during the final and all of them on the first attempt. He did not have a miss until 2.37m, which he cleared at the USA Championships.

Rovelto has now coached Williams to three USA titles, with one indoor and two outdoors. Williams also has finished sixth and fifth place at the Indoor World Championships under Rovelto’s tutelage.