Aug 15, 2013
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Former K-State All-American high jumper Erik Kynard finished fifth in the high jump final with a mark of 2.32 meters (7-07.25) at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
Kynard cleared 2.32 meters (7-07.25) on his second try before being unable to clear 2.35 meters (7-08.50) in three attempts. His fifth place finish is the highest Outdoor World Championships placing of any K-State high jumper trained under Cliff Rovelto - previously besting Nathan Leeper's 11th place finish in 2001 at Edmonton. Kynard is the eighth athlete trained by Rovelto since he took over as K-State head coach in 1993 to compete at the Outdoor World Championship, including 2011 gold medalist Jesse Williams.
The fifth place finish adds to a strong 2012-13 campaign for Kynard. Along with being selected as an All-American in both the indoor and outdoor high jump, he became the first person to win three consecutive Big 12 outdoor high jump titles. He concluded his Wildcat career as an eight-time All-American, six-time Big 12 Champion and two-time NCAA Champion. In July, Kynard also set a personal best and a K-State school record with a jump of 2.37 meters (7-09.25).
Kynard's road to the high jump final began when he qualified for the World Championships in June with a high jump title at the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. His jump of 2.28 meters (7-05.75) made him the first Wildcat to win the title since Nathan Leeper accomplished the feat in 2002.
In the qualifying round, Kynard was the only American to advance to the final as he cleared 2.26 meters (7-05.00).
Bohdan Bondarenko (2.41/7-10.75), Mutaz Essa Barshim (2.38/7.09.75) and Derek Drouin (2.38/09.75) were the respective gold, silver and bronze medalists in the final.
Kynard will continue to compete in the IAAF Diamond League where he is currently third among all high jumpers, trailing only Bondarenko and Barshim. His next competition will take place on Aug. 29 at Weltklasse Zürich in Switzerland. Fans can find links to live results and other coverage online at diamondleague-zurich.com.
K-State track and field volunteer assistant Amanda Bingson advanced to the final in women's hammer throw on Wednesday. Her throw of 71.90 meters (235-10.00) was the eighth-highest among all qualifiers for the final. The women's hammer throw final takes place Friday.
Hurdler Jessica Zelinka, who trains under Rovelto, is scheduled to compete in 100 meter hurdles heats on Friday.
Fans can follow both athletes at iaaf.org.