2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's high jump

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The women's high jump event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany was held between 18 August and 20 August 2009.

Reigning champion Blanka Vlašić had spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons largely unbeaten, but high profile losses in the Olympic high jump final and the 2008 IAAF Golden League final spelled the end for her lengthy winning streak. The rise of Germany's Ariane Friedrich in the 2009 season had seen her take the European Indoor title and make the world-leading jump of 2.06 m. Having beaten Vlašić in three of their five meetings that season, she was one of Germany's best prospects for a gold medal on home turf. Outside of the two top high jumpers, Antonietta Di Martino and Ruth Beitia had also performed well that season and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Yelena Slesarenko was another strong contender.[1]

Vlašić had an unexpected setback before the qualifiers, suffering a deep gash in her head after hitting a doorway, but after receiving stitches she arrived at the stadium in time for the competition.[2] All the expected finalists made their way through the qualification rounds. All but three of the twelve finalists managed the 1.95 m automatic qualifying mark, with Meike Kröger being a surprise second finalist for the host nation through her best non-qualifying mark of 1.92 m.[3] Although the event was largely portrayed as a head-to-head between Vlašić and Friedrich, Russian Anna Chicherova proved to be a significant contender in the final.[4]

Performing before a sold-out stadium, Di Martino and Beitia finished their competition with a best of 1.99 m, leaving Vlašić, Friedrich and Chicherova to compete for the medals. The Russian took the lead, managing 2.02 m on her first attempt, while the Croatian and the German needed two and three jumps, respectively. Vlašić was the first over 2.04 m and Chicherova recorded three fouls, unable to pass the height. Friedrich, who was in third place, twice failed the height and raised the bar to 2.06 m to try to take the gold medal position. Her final effort, although close, was not enough and she finished with the bronze. Vlašić then raised the bar to the world record of 2.10 m, but failed to jump the height.[4]

Friedrich did not repeat the form which had seen her set a national record of 2.06 m at the Olympiastadion two months earlier, leaving Vlašić and Chicherova to repeat their gold and silver medal performances of the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.[4][5] Vlašić, who became the first to win consecutive world titles in the event since Hestrie Cloete,[6] said that she was surprised that 2.04 m had been enough for the gold medal and she expected to go much higher. Second-placed Chicherova said neither she, nor athletics commentators, had expected her to win the silver medal, but she had overcome prior injury concerns. Although gold had not materialised for Friedrich, she was happy with her bronze medal – her first at a World Championships.[7]

Medalists[edit]

Gold Croatia Blanka Vlašić
 (Croatia)
Silver Russia Anna Chicherova
 (Russia)
Bronze Germany Ariane Friedrich
 (Germany)

Records[edit]

World record  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Championship record  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
World Leading  Ariane Friedrich (GER) 2.06 Berlin, Germany 14 June 2009
African Record  Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.06 Paris, France 31 August 2003
Asian Record  Marina Aitova (KAZ) 1.99 Athens, Greece 13 July 2009
North American record  Silvia Costa (CUB) 2.04 Barcelona, Spain 9 September 1989
South American record  Solange Witteveen (ARG) 1.96 Oristano, Italy 8 September 1997
European Record  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Oceanian Record  Vanessa Browne-Ward (AUS) 1.98 Perth, Australia 12 February 1989

Qualification standards[edit]

A standard B standard
1.95 m 1.91 m

Schedule[edit]

Date Time Round
August 18, 2009 10:20 Qualification
August 20, 2009 19:10 Final

Results[edit]

Qualification[edit]

Qualification: Qualifying Performance 1.95 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.92 1.95 Result Notes
1 A Blanka Vlašić  Croatia - o o o o 1.95 Q
1 B Ariane Friedrich  Germany - - - - o 1.95 Q
1 B Emma Green  Sweden - o - o o 1.95 Q
4 A Chaunte Howard  United States o o xo o o 1.95 Q
4 A Ruth Beitia  Spain - o o xo o 1.95 Q
4 B Antonietta Di Martino  Italy o o xo o o 1.95 Q
4 B Anna Chicherova  Russia - o o xo o 1.95 Q
8 B Amy Acuff  United States o o o xxo xo 1.95 Q, SB
9 B Yelena Slesarenko  Russia - o o xxo xxo 1.95 Q
10 A Meike Kröger  Germany o o o o xxx 1.92 q
11 A Svetlana Shkolina  Russia o o o xo xxx 1.92 q
11 A Melanie Melfort  France o o o xo xxx 1.92 q
13 A Marina Aitova  Kazakhstan o o xo xo xxx 1.92
13 B Adonía Steryíou  Greece xo o o xo xxx 1.92 SB
15 B Venelina Veneva  Bulgaria o xo o xxo xxx 1.92
16 B Kamila Stepaniuk  Poland o o xxo xxo xxx 1.92
17 A Anna Iljuštšenko  Estonia o o o xxx 1.89
17 A Vita Palamar  Ukraine - o o xxx 1.89
17 A Sharon Day  United States o o o xxx 1.89
17 B Petrina Price  Australia o o o xxx 1.89
21 A Iva Straková  Czech Republic o o xo xxx 1.89
21 A Svetlana Radzivil  Uzbekistan o o xo xxx 1.89
21 B Hanna Grobler  Finland o o xo xxx 1.89
24 A Levern Spencer  Saint Lucia - o xxo xxx 1.89
24 B Nadiya Dusanova  Uzbekistan o o xxo xxx 1.89
26 A Noengrothai Chaipetch  Thailand xxo o xxo xxx 1.89 SB
27 B Doreen Amata  Nigeria o o xxx 1.85
28 A Caterine Ibargüen  Colombia o xo xxx 1.85
28 B Stine Kufaas  Norway o xo xxx 1.85
30 B Yekaterina Yevseyeva  Kazakhstan xo xo xxx 1.85
31 A Deirdre Ryan  Ireland o xxo xxx 1.85
32 A Romary Rifka  Mexico o xxx 1.80
B Bui Thi Nhung  Vietnam xxx NM

Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality 1.87 1.92 1.96 1.99 2.02 2.04 2.06 2.10 Result Notes
1 Blanka Vlašić  Croatia o o o o xo xo - xxx 2.04
2 Anna Chicherova  Russia o o xo o o xxx 2.02 SB
3 Ariane Friedrich  Germany - o - o xxo xx- x 2.02
4 Antonietta Di Martino  Italy o o xo xo xxx 1.99
5 Ruth Beitia  Spain o o o xxo xxx 1.99
6 Svetlana Shkolina  Russia o o o xxx 1.96
7 Emma Green  Sweden o o xo xxx 1.96 SB
7 Chaunte Howard  United States o o xo xxx 1.96
9 Melanie Melfort  France xo o xxx 1.92
10 Yelena Slesarenko  Russia o xxo xxx 1.92
11 Meike Kröger  Germany o xxx 1.87
12 Amy Acuff  United States xxo xxx 1.87

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-09). Women's High Jump - PREVIEW. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  2. ^ Cazanueve, Brian (2009-08-20). Lightning strikes twice for Bolt. Sports Illustrated. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  3. ^ Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-18). Event Report - Women's High Jump - Qualification. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-18.
  4. ^ a b c Ramsak, Bob (2009-08-20). Event Report - Women's High Jump - Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  5. ^ Butcher, Pat (2009-08-20). Berlin 2009 - Day 6 SUMMARY - 20 Aug. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-24.
  6. ^ Mulkeen, Jon (2009-08-20). ‘More to come’ from hurdles surprise Brathwaite. IAAF. Retrieved on 2009-08-25. Archived 2009-09-08.
  7. ^ James, Ryland (2009-08-21). High-jump queen Vlasic retains world crown. Agence France-Presse. Retrieved on 2009-08-23.