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Spanish veteran Beitia wins high jump gold

Spanish veteran Ruth Beitia scored the biggest win of her 20-year career after winning Olympic high jump gold.

Spanish veteran Beitia wins high jump gold
Beitia's victory makes her the oldest ever winner of a jumping event at the Olympics. Photo:AFP

The evergreen 37-year-old — who made her international debut for Spain in 1996 — won on countback after clearing 1.97m with three other women.

Mirela Demireva of Bulgaria took the silver medal while Blanka Vlasic of Croatia took the bronze.

Beitia's victory makes her the oldest ever winner of a jumping event at the Olympics.

The victory comes four years after Beitia retired from the sport following a bitterly disappointing fourth place finish at the London 2012 Olympics.

Beitia however returned to competition several months later to earn a bronze medal at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow.

She came into the Olympics fresh from a victory in the European Championships in Amsterdam with a season's best jump of 1.98m.

 

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WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need

Spanish figure skater Javier Fernandez delighted fans with a super hero routine at the Pyeongchang closing ceremony.

WATCH: Spain’s Olympic Bronze figure skater is the superhero we all need
Javier Fernandez performs in the PyeongChang closing gala. Photos: AFP

The 26-year-old became a national hero when he scooped Bronze in the Men’s Single competition last week, becoming only the fourth ever Winter Olympic medallist for Spain.

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On Sunday, he performed in the Olympic winners closing exhibition entertaining fans with an aerobics-inspired routine accompanied by pop hits from the Eighties.

The hilarious routine began with the skater posing as an exercise instructor in sweat pants and a hoodie to a soundtrack of him speaking in English as he limbered up with stretches to Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical”.

He then whipped of his sweats to reveal a superhero outfit in the crimson and gold colours of Spain complete with shiny satin cape which billowed behind him as he flew around the rink to a soundtrack of  “Maniac” by Michael Sembello, “Holding Out For A Hero” by Bonnie Tyler, and “I Want To Know What Love Is” by Foreigner.

The athlete has hinted that this is likely to be his last Olympics.

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