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Chinese high jumper Zhang Guowei breaks national indoor record


19:49, March 07, 2013

NANJING, March 7 (Xinhua) -- Zhang Guowei cleared 2.32 meters to break the national record for the men's high jump at China's national indoor athletics championships here on Thursday.

The 21-year-old Zhang improved the old mark, set by Zhu Jinahua on March 5, 1986 in Kobe, Japan, by one centimeter.

"Zhang had previously conquered the height of 2.31m three times. Today he proved his capability by clearing 2.32m," said Feng Shuyong, head coach of China's track and field team. "He needs to further improve stability. Considering his age, physical quality and techniques, he has the potential to do so."

Zhang competed at the 2012 London Olympics but failed to make into the high jump final after clearing only 2.21m.

The current Asian indoor record of 2.37m was set by Qatar's Moataz Essa Barshim last year. Cuban Javier Sotomayor holds the world indoor record - 2.43m.

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