LONDON -- Ivan Ukhov of Russia won the high jump in cold conditions and a light drizzle at the London Olympics on Tuesday.

Ukhov, who earned a "strong warning" from the IAAF for being drunk during a competition in 2008, cleared 2.38 meters on his first attempt.

He had one failed attempt at 2.40, an Olympic record, before putting his warm clothes back on and starting the celebrations.

The 2010 world indoor champion was the leading performer in 2012 and held his nerve as Erik Kynard, the 21-year-old American from Toledo, Ohio, raised the height late in the competition to try to get ahead of him.

Kynard took silver at 2.33 meters.

Three men were tied for bronze: Essa Mutaz Barshim of Qatar, Robert Grabaarz of Britain and Derek Drouin of Canada.

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  • Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts to his gold medal win in the men's high jump during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • United States' Erik Kynard reacts after failing to clear the bar in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • United States' Erik Kynard reacts after failing to clear the bar in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • United States' Erik Kynard walks on the track during the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts to his gold medal win in the men's high jump during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Russia's Ivan Ukhov reacts to his gold medal win in the men's high jump during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergey Ponomarev)

  • Russia's Ivan Ukhov clears the bar in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip )

  • Britain's Robert Grabarz competes in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • Russia's Ivan Ukhov clears the bar in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • United States' Erik Kynard clears the bar in the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

  • United States' Jesse Williams reacts after being eliminated from the men's high jump final during the athletics in the Olympic Stadium at the 2012 Summer Olympics, London, Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2012. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)