Russia's only track athlete qualifies for long jump final
RUSSIA'S Darya Klishina booked a place on Tuesday
in the long jump final, keeping alive her country's slim hopes of an athletics medal in Rio following the exclusion of
their track and field squad over doping allegations.
The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) banned them in June over allegations of state-sponsored cheating.
It initially allowed Klishina to compete as she trains
and undergoes drug testing
in the United States.
But she was suspended
on Saturday because of what the IAAF described as new evidence before having the ban over-ruled on Monday
by sport's highest court,
one day before she was
due to compete.
Shouldering the expectations of her excluded Russian team-mates,
Klishina jumped 6.64m
to qualify for the final
in eighth place.
"I'm just happy that I'm here at the Olympic Games," she told reporters.
"I passed the qualification round and I'm going to jump tomorrow in the final,
of course I'm happy.