Aug 18, 2016

    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.