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Cypriot high-jumper Kallenou bows out of Rio

Cypriot high-jumper Leontia Kallenou

Cypriot high-jumper Leontia Kallenou bowed out of the Rio Olympics on Thursday having failed to advance to the finals.

Kallenou, 21, cleared the 1.80m bar on her second attempt, but could not overcome 1.85m after three tries.

Her tries in the women’s high jump event marked the completion of the Cypriot team’s participation in the Olympics.

Leontia Kallenou in action

Leading the standings in the woman’s high jump is Levern Spencer (Saint Lucia), having cleared 1.94m.

Kallenou, who ranked 32nd in the women’s high jump at the Olympic Games, was said to be suffering from a stress fracture.

Her performance at the Rio Games was well under her capabilities. Her personal record is 1.93m.

Kallenou is the current holder of the Cypriot national record in both outdoor (1.93 m) and indoor (1.93 m).

The Cypriot high jumper, who competes for the Georgia Bulldogs, while studying at the University of Georgia, is the reigning American collegiate champion in women’s high jump, in both outdoor and indoor.

Speaking to a Cyprus News Agency correspondent in Rio, the track-and-field athlete said she was disappointed with her performance despite knowing she was not in top shape.

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