Former University of Arizona high jumper Brigetta Barrett replicated her placement from the London Olympics in winning the silver medal at the IAAF World Championships in Moscow Saturday.
The 22-year-old Barrett, who is coming off of her record-setting senior year, cleared 2.0 meters (6-feet, 6.75-inches), but could not rise over the 2.03 conquered by Russian Svetlana Shkolina, the reigning Olympic bronze medalist.
Shkolina, 27, had finished fifth in Daegu two years ago, when Barrett placed 10th at 1.93 meters as a 20 year old.
Barrett’s 2.04 meters set at the U.S. Championships in Des Moines, Iowa, this June remains the world standard for 2013.
Defending World-and-Olympic champion Anna Chicherova of Russia tied with Spain’s Ruth Beitia for the bronze medal at 1.97 meters.
In other competition at Luzhniki Stadium, 22-year-old American Brianna Rollins won the women’s 100 meter hurdles in 12.44 seconds over defending World-and-Olympic champion Sally Pearson of Australia, who ran a season’s best 12.50. Tiffany Porter of Great Britain won bronze at 12.55, followed by 2008 Olympic gold medalist Dawn Harper-Nelson of the United States.
The Russians, anchored by Antonita Krivoshadka, edged the Americans in the women’s 4-by-400-meter relay, 3:20.18 to 3:30.41, with Great Britain placing third two seconds later.
Ethiopian Meseret Defar won the gold medal the women’s 5,000 meters (14:50.19) ahead of Kenya’s Mercy Cherongo and countrywoman Almaz Ayana. Defar, 29, had previously won the 5,000 in Osaka in 2007, before placing to the bronze medal in both Berlin and Daegu. She won the gold medal at the London Games last summer.
The World Championships conclude on Sunday before shifting to Beijing in 2015, with the sprint relay finals and women’s 800. NBC will air coverage from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. PT, just following the men’s final of the U.S. Gymnastics Championships, which air at 10 a.m. from Hartford, Conn.