Tamara Bykova

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Tamara Bykova
Personal information
Born (1958-12-21) December 21, 1958 (age 55)
Azov, Rostov Oblast, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union

Tamara Vladimirovna Bykova (Russian: Тамара Владимировна Быкова; born December 21, 1958) is a former Soviet track and field athlete and Olympic medal winner.

Biography[edit]

Bykova had a long and successful sport career with three world records in the high jump. She won an unbelievable amount of awards and medals, especially since her biggest competitor was the German Ulrike Meyfarth, who most often won during head-to-head competitions.

At the 1980 Summer Olympics in Moscow she participated in her first big international event, but with a jump of only 1.88 meters she was not in the best form. She finished in 9th place. Six weeks later she won the Soviet championship with a jump over 1.97 meters. At the 1981 World Cup in Rome she and Meyfarth were the only athletes to jump over 1.96 meters, but this was only good enough for second place for Bykova as Meyfarth went on to set a new world record with a jump over 2.02 meters. At the 1982 European championship in Athens she jumped 1.97 again but still finished second to Meyfarth. Then, at the 1983 European Indoor Championship in Budapest, she was finally able to jump over 2.03 meters, which won her the gold and also was a new world indoor record.

At the World Championship in Helsinki the last two jumpers were Meyfarth and Bykova. Both had jumped over 1.99 meters, but only Bykova could manage the next height, winning at 2.01 meters. The next meeting between the two came at the European Cup in Crystal Palace in London. This time Meyfarth set a new world record by jumping over 2.03 meters, but only a few minutes later the Russian jumped over the same height, however she had needed one more attempt than the German and had to settle yet again for second place. Only four days later the two met again, this time in Pisa. Once again the two were the last two jumpers. This time though, Bykova came out on top with a new world record of 2.04 meters. A rivalry between the two at the 1984 Summer Olympics was not to be as the USSR boycotted those Games.

At the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul she won the bronze medal in the high jump behind the American gold medal winner Louise Ritter and the Bulgarian silver medallist Stefka Kostadinova.

She received a three-month ban when she tested positive for the drug ephedrine at the Goodwill Games in 1990, and missed the European Championships held later that year.

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Records
Preceded by
West Germany Ulrike Meyfarth
Women's High Jump World Record Holder
August 25, 1983 – July 20, 1984
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova
Sporting positions
Preceded by
West Germany Ulrike Meyfarth
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1983
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Lyudmila Andonova


This article incorporates information from the German Wikipedia.