Ruth Beitia

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Ruth Beitia
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Personal information
Full name Ruth Beitia Vila
Nationality Spanish
Born (1979-04-01) 1 April 1979 (age 36)
Santander, Spain
Height 1.91 m (6 ft 3 in)
Weight 71 kg (157 lb)
Country  Spain
Sport Athletics
Event(s) High jump
Club Atletismo Piélagos
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)
  • High jump: 2.02 m (2007)

Ruth Beitia (born 1 April 1979) is a Spanish high jumper.


In 1998 Beitia broke her first Spanish record, jumping 1.89 m. In the years following, she improved her cleared jump heights several times. Finally, on 4 August 2007, she achieved 2.02 m, which is the current Spanish record. She is the first, and thus far, only Spanish woman who has broken through the barrier of two meters, and was the 9th best global mark in 2003. Her early major international results were achieved indoors. In 2005, she won the silver medal at the 2005 European Indoor Championships, held in Madrid, where her jump of 1.99 m, was only beaten by Russian Anna Chicherova. In 2006 she won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow, where she jumped 1.98 m, and was only beaten by the Russian Olympic champion Yelena Slesarenko and Croatian Blanka Vlasic. She was a finalist at the 2003 World Championships in Paris, where she held 11th position. In the world championships at Helsinki 2005 she failed to reach the finals.

Ruth Beitia was a finalist in the 2002 European Athletics Championships in Munich, where she held 11th position. She participated in the 2004 Athens Olympics, but failed to reach the finals. She has been champion of Spain once outdoors (in 2003), and indoor champion four times (in 2002-03-04-05). She belongs to the Club Valencia Terra i Mar and her coach is Ramon Torralbo. She is 1.92 m tall, and weighs 71 kg. In 2004, she managed to jump the indoor 2.00 m, equaling her best outdoor jump. On 8 March 2009, she won the silver medal in the high jump, her third medal at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships held in Turin, with a mark of 1.99 m. She was bested by German Ariane Friedrich with a mark of 2.01 m. In the Berlin World Championships in 2009, she took 5th place, with a mark of 1.99 m.

In 2009, she signed[1] for Atletismo Pielagos.

Ruth Beitia won the gold medal at the European Championships, held in Helsinki in 2012 with a mark of 1.97 m. In the 2012 London Olympics she was fourth, after beating the 2.00 mark with a jump of 2.03 m. Ruth Beitia won the gold medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships, held in Gothenburg, with a mark of 1.99 m.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1997 European Junior Championships Ljubljana, Slovenia 9th 1.82 m
1998 World Junior Championships Annecy, France 8th 1.80 m
1999 European U23 Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 11th 1.82 m
2000 Ibero-American Championships Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 4th 1.81 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 7th 1.93 m
European U23 Championships Amsterdam, Netherlands 1st 1.87 m
Mediterranean Games Radès, Tunisia 4th 1.83 m
2002 European Championships Munich, Germany 11th 1.85 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 5th 1.96 m
World Championships Paris, France 11th 1.90 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 9th (q) 1.93 m
Ibero-American Championships Huelva, Spain 4th 1.88 m
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 16th (q) 1.89 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 2nd 1.99 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th 1.89 m
Mediterranean Games Almería, Spain 1st 1.95 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 1.98 m
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 9th 1.92 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 1.90 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 3rd 1.96 m
World Championships Osaka, Japan 6th 1.97 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 4th 1.99 m
Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 1.96 m
2009 European Indoor Championships Torino, Italy 2nd 1.99 m
World Championships Berlin, Germany 5th 1.99 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 2nd 1.98 m
Ibero-American Championships San Fernando, Spain 1st 1.89 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 6th 1.95 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 1.96 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 16th (q) 1.92 m
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 6th 1.95 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 1.97 m
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 4th 2.00 m
2013 European Indoor Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 1st 1.99 m
World Championships Moscow, Russia 3rd 1.97 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 3rd 2.00 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 1st 2.01 m
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 5th 1.94 m

Personal Bests[edit]

Type Event Best Location Date
Outdoor High Jump 2.02 m San Sebastián, Spain 4 August 2007
Indoor High Jump 2.01 m Pireás, Greece 24 February 2007
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


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