DANIELLE FRENKEL 311.
(photo credit: IAA)
Danielle Frenkel just missed out on becoming the second Israeli to claim a medal
at the European indoor athletics championships on Sunday, finishing the women’s
high jump final in fourth position.
The 23-year-old, who set a new
Israeli record of 1.94 meters in Saturday’s qualifiers, cleared her jumps at
1.82m, 1.87m and 1.92m with her first attempts in Sunday’s final, but failed
three times at 1.96m, the height cleared by the eventual silver and bronze
“I worked hard to reach this moment,” said Frenkel, who also
made the final at last year’s European Athletics Championships in
“This accomplishment gives me a lot of motivation to achieve
much more and now it is time to return to training.”
Alex Averbukh won
Israel’s only ever medal at the European indoors, taking the gold in the pole
vault final in 2000.
“I’m very pleased with Danielle’s achievement and
performance,” Frenkel’s coach Anatoliy Shafran said.
“Her excellent jumps
at 1.96m proved to me that she is capable of much more.”
Vlasic and Ariane Friedrich among a host of absentees for the championships,
favorite Antonietta Di Martino finally took gold for Italy after years of
silvers in big events, clearing 2.01m, with Ruth Beitia and Ebba Jungmark taking
silver and bronze, respectively, with jumps of 1.96m.
Obikwelu upset defending champion Dwain Chambers and home favorite Christophe
Lemaitre to seize the 60 meters title at the Bercy complex Lemaitre suffered
from one of his notoriously bad starts and Obikwelu, the 2004 Olympic 100 silver
medalist, sailed to victory in a national record of 6.53 seconds.
had injuries for such a long time, and to come back and win, it’s incredible,”
Nigerian-born Obikwelu, 32, told reporters.
“I’m honored to be here, this
is a great day of joy. I was hoping to be in the top three, but I never thought
I was going to win.”Reuters contributed to this report