Inha Babakova

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Inha Babakova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Competitor for  Soviet Union
World Championships
Bronze 1991 Tokyo High jump
Competitor for  Ukraine
Olympic Games
Bronze 1996 Atlanta High jump
World Championships
Gold 1999 Seville High jump
Silver 1997 Athens High jump
Silver 2001 Edmonton High jump
Bronze 1995 Gothenburg High jump
World Indoor Championships
Silver 1997 Paris High Jump
Silver 2001 Lisbon High Jump
Bronze 1993 Toronto High Jump

Inha Babakova (née Butkus, born June 26, 1967). is a former high jumper who represented the Soviet Union and later Ukraine. She was born in Asgabat, Turkmen SSR. Her personal best is 2.05 metres.

Babakova won an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 and became World Champion in Seville 1999. She also won four other World Championship medals, with bronzes in 1991 and 1995 and silvers in 1997 and 2001. Track and Field News magazine ranked her in the world's top ten in their annual merit rankings for 13 out of 14 seasons (1991-2004), the exception being 1998. She was in the top five ten times. Only Stefka Kostadinova, among other female high jumpers, has more top ten rankings. Her 2.01m clearance in Oslo on her 36th birthday in 2003 is the women's W35 World Record.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd 1.96 m
Representing  Ukraine
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 3rd 2.00 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 1.93 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 1.99 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 2.01 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 2.00 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 1.96 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 1.99 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 1.96 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 2.00 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 2.00 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 1.92 m
World Championships Paris, France 15th q 1.88 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 9th 1.93 m

Note: Results with a q, indicate overall position in qualifying round.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1994 – 1995
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Preceded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova

Succeeded by
Bulgaria Venelina Veneva