Spanish veteran Beitia wins high jump gold

Rio De Janeiro—Spanish veteran Ruth Beitia scored the biggest win of her 20-year career Saturday after winning Olympic high jump gold.
The evergreen 37-year-old—who made her international debut for Spain in 1996—won on countback after clearing 1.97m with three other women. Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria took the silver medal while Blanka Vlasic of Croatia took the bronze.
Beitia’s victory makes her the oldest ever winner of a jumping event at the Olympics. The victory comes four years after Beitia retired from the sport following a bitterly disappointing fourth place finish at the London 2012 Olympics.—AFP

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