Censor.NET reports citing Reuters.
As noted, Bondarenko passed on two of his first four jumps, but was ultimately unable to clear 2.38 meters to beat Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim.
Canada's Derek Drouin took gold, clearing a height of 2.38 meters. Barshim, in turn, claimed silver, narrowly missing out on his country's first Olympic gold.
In a commentary to Ukraine's National Olympic Committe, Bondarenko said he would have been upset about such a result if someone had announced it 10 days before, as he was in good shape at that moment. However, he caught a cold during the final training and his condition was far from being effective.
When asked whether he was satisfied with his reward, Bondarenko said: "I'm happy, today I did my best."
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