Star of the day: Ruth Beitia

Ruth Beitia

Thirty-seven year-old Ruth Beitia of Spain won her first Olympic medal, and a gold at that, in the high jump by virtue of having the fewest misses after four athletes recorded the same winning height of 1.97m.

Not only has she become the oldest Olympic medallist in that event but it is also her country’s first Olympic gold in women’s athletics.

Beitia, who retired briefly after finishing fourth in 2012, was appearing in her fourth Olympics here.
She is the only Spanish woman to have crossed the 2-metre mark (2.02m in 2007).

A member of the Cantabria parliament since 2011, she has a degree in physiotherapy and is currently pursuing a degree in psychology.

Beitia said the gold was the product of “26 years of work and pulling hair out”.

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