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Tuesday, May 22, 2018

High jumper Ivan Ukhov competes in T-shirt after misplacing uniform, wins gold medal

Russian high jumper Ivan Ukhov breezed to a gold medal on Tuesday at the London Olympics, but his evening was not without complication.

The 26-year-old misplaced his uniform between his third and fourth jumps and had to use a T-shirt as a replacement. He pinned his number to the shirt and successfully cleared the 2.33-meter mark before searching for the uniform.

Ukhov, who takes his jersey off after jumps, eventually located his uniform in time to clear the 2.38-meter mark and win the gold medal. He topped Kobe Bryant look-alike Erik Kynard Jr. who finished second.

Winning gold was somewhat of a redemption for Ukhov who was admonished for infamously competing while drunk at Athletissima in 2008:

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