Anna Chicherova

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Anna Chicherova-Chernoval
Anna Chicherova at the 2013 World Championships
Personal information
Born (1982-07-22) 22 July 1982 (age 41)
Yerevan, Armenian SSR, Soviet Union[1]
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Weight57 kg (126 lb)[2]
Country Russia
ClubCSKA Moscow
Now coachingYevgeniy Zagorulko
Achievements and titles
World finals1st (Daegu 2011)
Olympic finals3rd (Beijing 2008) (DSQ),
1st (London 2012)
Medal record
Event 1st 2nd 3rd
Olympic Games 1 0 0
World Championships 1 2 1
World Indoor Championships 0 2 1
European Indoor Championships 1 0 0
Total 3 3 3
Olympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2012 London High jump
Disqualified 2008 Beijing High jump
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 2011 Daegu High jump
Silver medal – second place 2007 Osaka High jump
Disqualified 2009 Berlin High jump
Silver medal – second place 2013 Moscow High jump
Bronze medal – third place 2015 Beijing High jump
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 2004 Budapest High jump
Silver medal – second place 2012 Istanbul High jump
Bronze medal – third place 2003 Birmingham High jump
Updated on 29 August 2015.

Anna Vladimirovna Chicherova (Russian: Анна Владимировна Чичерова; born 22 July 1982) is a Russian high jumper. She was the gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2011 World Championships in Athletics and was originally awarded a bronze medal in the event at the 2008 Summer Olympics, which was later stripped for doping. She was also runner-up at the World Championships in 2007 and 2013, as well as the bronze medalist in 2015.

In May 2016, it was reported[3] that a retest of samples from the 2008 Games had found 31 positive findings for performance-enhancing drugs. One of those positive tests was admitted by her coach to belong to Chicherova.[3] On 6 October 2016, the IOC confirmed that Chicherova had failed a doping test, due to the presence of turinabol in her 2008 sample, and stripped her of her bronze medal. The medal was ultimately reallocated to original 6th place finisher Chaunte Lowe, as the 4th and 5th place high jumpers in that final tested positive for their retests as well.[4] Chicherova's World Championship silver medal was later stripped.

On 23 July 2018, the day after returning to a national competition to jump 1.90 m, the permission was granted, and Chicherova asked the IAAF to be able to participate in the 2018 European Athletics Championships.[5]

At the beginning of 2019, she jumped 2.01 indoors twice, three days apart. At age 36, those jumps both equalled the Masters W35 World Record, though because they were indoors, they will not be recognized as the record.

In September 2019, Chicherova along with Elena Lashmanova was refused clearance for the IAAF World Athletics Championships.[6]


Chicherova was born in Yerevan and then moved to Belaya Kalitva, Russia, when the Soviet Union dissolved. She previously announced that she would retire after the 2013 World Championships in Moscow, after 14 years at the top, but has since continued to jump. After her second world silver in 2009, Chicherova announced her retirement, but after giving birth in 2010, she made her come back in 2011.

In 1999, she won her first major title when she was only 16, at the world youth championships in Bydgoszcz. Chicherova was among the world leading high jumpers for several years until she missed the 2010 season due to pregnancy. After returning in 2011 she established herself as the world leading female high jumper displacing Blanka Vlašić. Her personal best jump and the Russian national record is 2.07 metres, achieved on her 29th birthday at the Russian track and field championships of 2011. Her best indoors was achieved at the Hochsprung mit Musik meeting 2012 in Arnstadt with 2.06 m. She thereby improved her Russian indoor national record by two centimeters. Chicherova is among the top ten high jumpers of all time both indoor and outdoor.[7][8]

Chicherova is currently in the athletics club based in Moscow, where she is coached by Yevgeni Zagorulko. She is married to Gennadiy Chernovol. She was absent for the 2010 season due to pregnancy and had her first child, Nika, in September that year.[9]

With her victories in Daegu and London, Chicherova became only the third female high jumper in history (after Stefka Kostadinova & Heike Henkel) to win gold at both the Olympic Games and the World Championships.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
1999 World Youth Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 1st 1.89 m
2000 World Junior Championships Santiago, Chile 4th 1.85 m
2001 European Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 1.90 m
Universiade Beijing, China 8th 1.85 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 3rd 1.99 m (xo)
World Championships Paris, France 6th 1.95 m
Military World Games Catania, Italy 1st 1.89 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest, Hungary 2nd 2.00 m (xo)
Olympic Games Athens, Greece 6th 1.96 m
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo, Monaco 7th 1.92 m
2005 European Indoor Championships Madrid, Spain 1st 2.01 m (xxo)
Universiade Izmir, Turkey 1st 1.90 m (xo)
World Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 1.96 m (xxo)
World Athletics Final Monaco, Monaco 7th 1.89 m
2006 European Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 7th 1.95 m (xo)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 6th 1.90 m
2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, England 6th 1.92 m (xo)
World Championships Osaka, Japan 2nd 2.03 m (xo)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 3rd 1.97 m
Military World Games Hyderabad, India 2nd 1.96 m
2008 Olympic Games Beijing, China 3rd (DSQ) 2.03 m (o)
World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 2nd (DSQ) 1.99 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 2nd (DSQ)[10] 2.02 m (o)
World Athletics Final Thessaloniki, Greece 2nd (DSQ) 2.00 m (xo)
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 1st 2.03 m (o)
Diamond League 2nd details
2012 World Indoor Championships Istanbul, Turkey 2nd 1.95 m (o)
Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st 2.05 m (xo)
Diamond League 2nd details
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 2nd 1.97 m (o)
Diamond League 2nd details
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 3rd 2.01 m (xo)
Diamond League 3rd details

Personal bests[edit]

Type Event Best Location Date Notes
Outdoor High jump 2.07 m Cheboksary, Russia 22 July 2011 3rd of all time
Indoor High jump 2.06 m Arnstadt, Germany 4 February 2012 3rd of all time
  • Six-time Russian National High Jump Champion – 2004, 2007–2009, 2011–2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Анна Чичерова Sovetsky Sport.
  2. ^ a b Anna Chicherova's profile at the IAAF site
  3. ^ a b "Russisk nyhetsbyrå: - 14 russere blant de dopingavslørte fra Beijing". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). 24 May 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ "Russia's high jumper Chicherova applies for neutral status participation with IAAF". TASS. 23 July 2018. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Two Russian Olympic champs refused clearance for worlds". The Japan Times. AP. 10 September 2019. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  7. ^ High Jump Indoor All Time. IAAF. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  8. ^ High Jump Outdoor All Time. IAAF. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  9. ^ Russia’s Chicherova jumping back into the spotlight Archived 2012-05-26 at European Athletics (2011-04-05). Retrieved on 2011-04-29.
  10. ^ "Sanctions for anti-doping rule violations in athletics as of 29 January 2018". IAAF. 6 February 2018. Archived from the original on 2 February 2018. Retrieved 19 February 2018. CHICHEROVA Anna (Date of birth 22.07.82) RUS In competition, "XXIX Olympic Games", Beijing, CHN 24.08.08 2 years ineligibility 01.07.16-30.06.18 From 24.08.08 to 23.08.10

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Sporting positions
Preceded by Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Preceded by Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
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