Fan favorite Eleanor Patterson had to settle for shock silver in the women’s high jump at the Commonwealth Games.
Two weeks after winning the world title in Eugene’s thrilling style, Patterson was widely expected to win his second Commonwealth title in Birmingham.
Patterson’s odds of winning were cut even further when Australian and Tokyo Olympic silver medalist Nicola Olislager withdrew on the eve of the final after tearing a calf muscle in the qualifying round.
But no one was thinking of Ramala Distin.
The Jamaican blew the competition wide with a first round clearance of 1.95m.
Patterson was unable to respond and made three errors at 1.95m, which was 7 cm shorter than the Australian record-matching effort at Eugene.
The 26-year-old won silver in 1.92 m from another Jamaican, Kimberly Williamson.
Already a gold medalist, 22-year-old Distan made three unsuccessful attempts to break the Jamaican record of 1.98m.
Patterson must settle for HJ Silver
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