Dor een Amata qualifies for Women High J ump Finals – 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South Korea
Doreen Amata yesterday equaled her national record of 1.95m to qualify for the finals of
the women high jump at the ongoing 13th IAAF World Championships in Daegu, South
Competing in Group B of the event, the All Africa Games defending champion jumped the 1.95 set as
qualification for the final slated for tomorrow at the Daegu Stadium. Before making the mark, Amata had
almost flunked the lower 1.92. She had two failed jumps before moving ahead to the 1.95, which she scaled
at the second attempt.
“I am grateful to God to have been able to make it to the final here. I knew from outset that I would be in
final because I have competed against most of those in the same group with me,” said the Delta State-
born jumper, who similarly jumped the 1.95m at the 33rd Eberstadt High Jump meet, a European Athletics
Outdoor permit event in Germany late July.
The six others that qualified with Amata from her group included defending champion, Croatian Blanka
Vlasic, Antonitta di Martino (Italy), American Bridget Barrett, Xingheng Zheng (China), Elena Slesarenko and
Svetlana Radzivil – both of Russia.
In Group A, Russian Anna Chicherova with a 2.07 leading to the championship leads the pack that includes
her compatriot, Svetlana Shkolina, Emma Green Trgaro of Sweden, Deirdre Ryan of Ireland and Estonian
Anna Iljustsenko. The final of the women high jump event holds tomorrow in Daegu and Amata has
promised not to let Nigeria down.
“I want Nigerians to pray for me. I just hope I can make my target of jumping 2m here at the
Championships,” Amata said as she was going through her session with the Nigerian Medics at the
Amata set the national record in 2008 during the Mobil Championship in Abuja. She won gold at the 2007
All Africa Games in Algiers. The mother of one, who in July reclaimed the national high jump title she lost
without a fight last year, has had a wonderful season leading to Daegu, finishing twice as second behind
world champion, Vlasic, in Europe.