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Jesse Williams wins world high jump

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USA's Jesse Williams celebrates with American flag, after winning the gold medal in the Men's High Jump final at the World Athletics Championships in Daegu, South Korea. MATT DUNHAM - AP

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Former Broughton High high jumper Jesse Williams won the high jump world championship in in Daegu, South Korea on Thursday, becoming the first American to do so since Charles Austin in 1991. Williams cleared 7 feet, 8 1/2 inches to claim the title.

Silver medalist Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia also cleared the same height, but Williams won the title because of fewer misses.

Williams' gold medal started a 30-minute winning spree by capturing the high jump, the first American to do so since Charles Austin in 1991. Jenny Barringer Simpson soon followed with the unexpected win in the 1500 and Lashinda Demus completed the night with victory in the 400 hurdles.

"What a wonderful night for our team," Williams said. "Will I celebrate? You can bet on that."

Williams didn't know too many particulars about his win - he turned his back when his rivals were jumping. He didn't want to know how they were doing. Williams, however, did manage to turn around in time to watch Aleksey Dmitrik of Russia miss his final attempt, starting Williams' celebration.

"I was in the zone the entire time," Williams said.

Williams, who is aiming for the London Olympic Games, has the season's top mark of 7-9 1/4.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

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Tim has covered high school sports for more than 40 years. He is the only active newspaper reporter in the National High School Sports Hall of Fame and is a member of the N.C. High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame. He was the co-author of the original NCHSAA record book. When he not writing about boys and girls, he often is at church or in a theater. Email Tim.