Team USA's Brigetta Barrett Leaps To High Jump Silver

Brigetta Barrett jumped a personal best to earn a surprise medal for the United States in the high jump, leaping 2.03 meters.

Barrett's previous personal best was 2.01 meters, but on the world's biggest stage, the University of Arizona athlete recorded her highest jump ever of 2.03 meters, or 6 feet, 7.92 inches. Russia's Anna Chicherova, who had won bronze in Beijing and gold at the 2011 World Championships, notched a jump of 2.05, which Barrett could not match on three tries, ending the competition.

Barrett's 2.03 tied her with Svetlana Shkolina of Russia, who also set a personal best, but Shkolina needed three tries to clear the height, where Barrett only needed one, earning her the silver.

Here's how the medal podium looked:

Gold: Anna Chicherova, Russia

Silver: Brigetta Barrett, United States

Bronze: Svetlana Shkolina, Russia

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic athletics, follow the 2012 Olympic athletics section.

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