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With a personal best of 2.39 meters, 22-year-old high jumper Ivan Ukhov, a former European Junior Champion, could be banned after an embarrassing display at the Grand Prix in Lausanne, last week. He was so drunk he completely missed the bar on his opening attempt, and was then asked by the officials to pull out.

Prior to the attempt, Ukhov has difficulty removing his track suit and pushing aside a track official.

He then ambles towards the bar, attempts a half-hearted take-off much too soon, falls under the bar and flops onto the bed.

Ukhov’s fellow high jump competitors later reported the Russian had been drinking vodka and Red Bull during the competition, reports the Associated Press.

The organisers of the Grand Prix subsequently refused to pay Ukhov’s expenses. They have also been asked by the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), track and field’s governing body, to supply video evidence of the Russian’s sub-standard performance.

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In that same Lausanne GP, Asafa Powell clocked amazing 9.72s on the 100m, proving he is again at the peak of his form.

But a few days later, in Brussels, another showdown with Usain Bolt showed who is the #1. Bolt roared to victory in 9.77 seconds, a fast time given the wet conditions. Overcoming a sluggish start, Bolt overhauled Powell in the last 40 metres and got first, despite Powell’s impressive 9.83s.

Bolt had his customary poor start and was the last sprinter out of his blocks; Powell looked to be on track to win until the tall Bolt finally got his long legs into full gear, came level 20 metres from the line, and surged ahead to win by a narrow 0.06sec.

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