MOSCOW — Soviet high jumper Rudolf Povarnitsin set a world high jump record of 7 feet 10 1/2 inches Sunday, according to the Soviet news agency Tass.
The old world record of 7-10 was established by China's Zhu Jianhua in West Germany in June, 1984.
The official news agency said Povarnitsin, a 23-year-old from Kiev, set the new mark in the semifinals of the Soviet National Cup held in the Ukrainian city of Donetsk.
Povarnitsin improved his previous best of 7-5 set earlier this year. In 1983 he had a best of 7-3, and last year his best was 7-3 indoors.
The emergence of Povarnitsin as a world record holder in the high jump is very similar to that of Vladimir Yashchenko of the USSR.