Blanka Vlasic cap her return to competition with a promising second place behind Spain’s Ruth Beitia at the IAAF Diamond League meeeting in Rome.
Vlasic is looking towards excelling at the worlds, and after squeezing onto the podium with a jump of 1.97 — having taken three attempts to clear 1.94 — she was feeling buoyed enough to perform a funky dance for the crowd.
But she admitted knee and Achilles problems have left her with plenty of work to do for Beijing.
“I’m happy with my first competition because I had a lot of problems this spring with my knee and my Achilles. Today I came and saw what I need to do if I’m to reach the bigger heights. But I think there’s enough time this summer. Beijing is still far away so I will definitely continue with my season if everything goes well. But I will need some hard training, because this is what I’m missing”, she said.
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