Mariya Kuchina (Russian: Мария Александровна Кучина; born 14 January 1993) is a Russian athlete who specialises in the high jump. She won a gold medal at the 2010 Summer Youth Olympics.
Kuchina won her first international medal at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where she cleared a personal best of 1.85 m to take the silver medal behind Italian Alessia Trost. She was also the silver medallist at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and 2009 Gymnasiade.
In the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics, Kuchina won a gold medal in the girls' high jump with a clearance of 1.86 m, ahead of Alessia Trost.
She started her 2011 season with a major scalp in the form of Yelena Slesarenko, who she defeated with an indoor best jump of 1.90 m. A greater effort soon followed on the Moravia High Jump Tour meet in Třinec, as she cleared 1.97 m to claim the world junior indoor best which Desislava Aleksandrova had held since 1994.
Major competitive record
|High jump (outdoor)
||12 July 2013
|High jump (indoor)
||6 February 2014