Russia's Anna Chicherova won the women's world high jump crown on Saturday, denying two-time defending champion Blanka Vlasic a unique title hat-trick.

The competition came down to a battle between the two leading women this season, with the Russian winning on countback after the duo both finished with bests of 2.03m.

Chicherova started the competition in ominous form, clearing five consecutive heights with five jumps, including 2.03m at the first time of asking, before three failures at 2.05.