LONDON - University of Arizona Wildcat Brigetta Barrett, a senior-to-be, won the Olympic silver medal in the high jump competition with a personal-best clearance of 6-8 (2.03m).
That mark is the best jump ever by a collegiate female in the high jump. The previous mark was also held by Barrett, when she cleared 6-7 (2.01m) at the U.S. Olympic Trials on July 1st. Since she did not post the mark during the collegiate season, it does not count as the collegiate record. She is the first Arizona track and field athlete to earn a medal in the Olympics since Michael Bates and Sandra Farmer-Patrick in 1992. Barrett is the only Wildcat to ever medal in the women's high jump.
She beat Russia Svetlana Shkolina based on less misses as both jumpers cleared the 2.03 meter mark.
Anna Chicherova of Russia won the gold medal clearing 2.05 meters.
Meanwhile, Wildcat volunteer assistant coach Lagat took fourth place in the men's 5,000-meter race, missing a medal by .63 seconds. He tripped and lost his balance around the last turn, taking away most of his momentum. He still managed to finish strong, clocking a time of 13:42.99.
On Sunday, former Wildcat Abdi Abdirahman will compete in the marathon, starting at 3 a.m. MST. Additionally, former Wildcat Andre Iguodala and his U.S. teammates will compete for the gold medal in men's basketball against Spain. That match will begin at 7 a.m. MST.
Copyright 2012 Arizona Athletics. All rights reserved.
David Kelly contributed to this story.
7831 N. Business Park Drive
Tucson, AZ 85743