Russia’s Darya Klishina engages in neutral to earn long jump silver

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Darya Klishina was accused of being a traitor to her nation when she was the only Russian athlete allowed to compete at the Rio Olympics. A year later she became her country’s darling again as she ended a compelling long jump competition with a silver medal. The Russian’s leap of 7.00m was a season’s best but it was agonisingly short of the American Brittney Reese’s 7.02m that brought her a fourth world championship gold medal.

“I’m really glad and I’m really happy,” said the 26-year-old Klishina, who is one of 19 Russians competing as neutral athletes in London. “This is my first medal from a world championships and, for me, it’s my most important result. I didn’t jump seven metres for six years and I just missed those longer jumps.”

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