LONDON --- Jesse Williams' slide from winning the high jump at the 2011 world championships continued Tuesday night when he failed to medal at Olympic Stadium.
"Being a world champ, there’s definitely a spotlight on me," Williams said. "But I mean 2.29 [meters] is a height I should never go out on. But it happened. It happened really fast.... When I didn’t make the third bar, I just couldn’t believe it was done. I still can’t. It hurts."
Russian Ivan Ukhov captured the gold medal with a winning jump of 7 feet 9 3/4 inches. Williams' teammate, Erik Kynard, won a surprising silver medal with a jump of 7-7 3/4.
Williams barely qualified for the Olympics after coming in fourth at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Ore. Nick Ross, the third-place finisher, didn't jump the "A" qualifying standard, giving Williams the final spot on the team. Then, Williams revealed to media outlets here that he had rolled his ankle playing pick-up basketball a week before those trials.