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Russia's Maria Kuchina smiles with her gold medal after winning the women's high jump competition at a Russian Grand Prix track and field indoor event in Moscow, Russia, on Friday, Jan. 22, 2016. Just five months ago, Maria Kuchina won the world high jump title in front of tens of thousands of fans in Beijing. On Friday, she jumped at a meet with a few dozen athletes and fewer spectators. Russia’s ban from global track and field over doping has forced some of the world’s top athletes to compete at obscure domestic events with tiny crowds, rather than prestigious and lucrative international meets. (AP Photo/Ivan Sekretarev)

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