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(SNO) – Saint Lucia’s Levern Spener appears to be back to her best.
Following a series of competitions well below her usual lofty standards, the soon-to-be 34-year-old Pan Am Games and Commonwealth Games champion cleared 1.96m on Wednesday to win at the Filothei Women’s Gala in Athnes, Greece.
Levern was clear up to 1.90m, and after going over 1.92m on her second try, she raised the bar to 1.96m, at which height she needed all three attempts. At 2.00m, the Caribbean’s leading high jumper was unable to go clear, but she was well ahead of Uzbekistan’s Nadezhda Dusanova at 1.90m in second.
Keep in mind that Levern’s clearance of 1.95m to win gold at the Gold Coast earlier this year matched her third-best height ever. Since 2010, when she also notched a CARICOM record 1.98m, she has gone over 1.96m on just four occasions – once each in 2010, 2014, 2015, and 2016.
Saint Lucia’s champion moved up to fourth in the world for the year, passing Vashti Cunningham of the USA for the event lead in the Americas.
Coached by Petros Kyprianou of Cyprus, her next major contest will be the 23rd Central American and Caribbean Championships, next month in Barranquilla, Colombia.