Yelena Slesarenko

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Yelena Slesarenko
Yelena Slesarenko 2007.jpg
Personal information
Nationality  Russia
Born (1982-02-28) February 28, 1982 (age 33)
Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Weight 54 kg (119 lb)[1]
Country  Russia
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals 1st (Athens, 2004)
Highest world ranking 1st (Budapest, 2004)
Personal best(s) High jump (outdoor):
2.06 m (2004)
High jump (indoor):
2.04 m (2004)[1]

Yelena Vladimirovna Slesarenko, née Sivushenko (Russian: Елена Владимировна Слесаренко, born February 28, 1982 in Volgograd) is a Russian high jumper.



Largely unknown before 2004, she kickstarted the season by clearing 2.04 metres and winning the World Indoor Championships. When the outdoor season started she won the SPAR European Cup with the same result, improving her personal best from 1.97 (achieved in 2002). She continued her good form at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal with a new national and personal record of 2.06 metres, beating the previous olympic record, set by Stefka Kostadinova in 1996. After clearing 2.06 she made decent attempts at 2.10, which would have been a world record. She rounded off the season by winning the World Athletics Final.


Injuries kept her away from most of the 2005 season, including the 2005 World Championships.


Early in 2006, however, she won the World Indoor Championships with 2.02 metres. She finished fifth in the 2006 European Athletics Championships, failing to clear 2.00 m.



At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Slesarenko finished fourth in the women's high jump with a jump of 2.01 meters, failing to clear 2.03 meters after three tries.[2]


Yelena Slesarenko in 2007 .
Year Tournament Venue Result Extra
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna, Austria 5th
2003 Universiade Daegu, South Korea 3rd
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 1st 2.04 PBi
Summer Olympics Athens, Greece 1st 2.06 NR
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 1st
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 2.02
European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 5th 1.99 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th
World Cup Athens, Greece 1st 1.97
2007 World Championships Osaka, Japan 4th
2008 Summer Olympics Beijing, China 4th 2.01
2011 World Championships Daegu, Korea 4th 1.97


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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist
South Africa Hestrie Cloete
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Sweden Kajsa Bergqvist