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Beitia Sets WL At Spanish Indoors

MADRID — Ruth Beitia cleared a world-leading height of 1.98m to win the women’s High Jump at the Spanish Indoor Championships in Madrid on Sunday.

MADRID — Ruth Beitia cleared a world-leading height of 1.98m to win the women’s High Jump at the Spanish Indoor Championships in Madrid on Sunday.

The 36-year-old, who turns 37 next month, was securing her 15th successive Spanish Indoor title as she gears up to compete at the 2016 IAAF World Indoor Championships in Portland, Ore., later this month.

Beitia, the European champion, produced the winning clearance on her third attempt, as she improved her previous seasonal best of 1.95m, achieved in Stockholm, last month.

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She was also improving Airine Palsyte’s previous world-leading mark of 1.97m.

Beitia took aim at 2.00m, but failed on all three tries.

Raquel Álvarez cleared a personal best of 1.90m for second place while Cristina Ferrando also established a new personal best of 1.87m for third place.

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In the men’s Shot Put, Carlos Tobalina produced a new lifetime best of 20.50m in the fourth round to land the title — defeating Borja Vivas, who also went over the 20metre mark, 20.19m.

Elsewhere at the Spanish Indoor championships on Sunday, Lucas Bua clocked two personal bests en route to winning the men’s 400m title.

Bua broke the 47-second barrier for the first time indoors when he ran 46.80 in the heats before improving that standard to 46.65 in the final.

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High Jump Final Result

1 Ruth Beitia 1.98 =WL SB; 2 Raquel Álvarez 1.90 PB; 3 Cristina Ferrando 1.87 PB; 4 Saleta Fernández 1.83 PB;  5 Noelia Ruiz 1.79; 6 Gema Martín-Pozuelo 1.79;  7 Beatriz Ferrando 1.79 PB; 8 Izaskun Turrillas 1.75 PB; 9 Beatriz Belmonte 1.70; 10 Virginia Martin 1.65; 11 Cristina Palacios 1.65; Carolina Bonmati NH

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