Erik Kynard of the United States celebrates after winning the Silver medal in the Men's High Jump Final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2012 in London, England.
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LONDON - A Kansas State student won silver in the high jump finals Tuesday at the London Olympics.
Erik Kynard recorded his highest jump of 2.33 meters to place second.
"It was the best second place I've ever had in my life," the 21-year-old Toledo, Ohio native said after the finals. "I still don't like losing. I almost cried over there. I'm not a crier. I don't cry. But it was tough."
The junior at K-State was one of three Americans competing in the finals. Teammates Jamie Nieto and Jesse Williams finished in sixth and ninth with marks of 2.29 meters and 2.25 meters, respectively.
Ivan Ukhov of Russia won the gold with a jump of 2.38 meters, and Mutaz Essa Barshim of Qatar tied with Canadian Derek Drouin and Robery Grabarz of Great Britain with jumps of 2.29 meters for the bronze.
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