Bodan Bondarenko, Ukraine, in action in the Men's pole vault competition during the Diamond League Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, Manhattan, New York, USA.
World champion Bodan Bondarenko of Ukraine beat world indoor champion Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar in an epic high jump duel at New York's Diamond League meet on Saturday. Bondarenko and Barshim both cleared 2.42 meters - the first time two athletes jumped that high in the same competition - and both took shots at 2.46. Both were unable to surpass the 21-year-old world record of 2.45 set by Cuba's Javier Sotomayor in 1993 but their leaps still marked the best height cleared since Sotomayor jumped 2.42 in 1994. Diamond League Adidas Grand Prix at Icahn Stadium, Randall's Island, Manhattan, New York, USA. 14th June 2014. Photo Tim Clayton