Athletics at the 1988 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXIV Olympiad
1st, gold medalist(s) Louise Ritter  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Stefka Kostadinova  Bulgaria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Tamara Bykova  Soviet Union
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Athletics at the
1988 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men   women
200 m men women
400 m men women
800 m men women
1500 m men women
3000 m women
5000 m men
10,000 m men women
100 m hurdles women
110 m hurdles men
400 m hurdles men women
3000 m
4×100 m relay men women
4×400 m relay men women
Road events
Marathon men women
20 km walk men
50 km walk men
Field events
Long jump men women
Triple jump men
High jump men women
Pole vault men
Shot put men women
Discus throw men women
Javelin throw men women
Hammer throw men
Combined events
Heptathlon women
Decathlon men
Wheelchair races

The Women's High Jump Competition at the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, South Korea had an entrylist of 24 competitors, with two qualifying groups (24 jumpers) before the final (12) took place on Friday September 30, 1988.


These were the standing World and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2.09 Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova Rome (ITA) August 30, 1987
Olympic Record 2.02 West Germany Ulrike Meyfarth Los Angeles (USA) August 10, 1984

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Height OR WR
September 30, 1988 Final  Louise Ritter (USA) 2.03m OR


Med 1.png  Louise Ritter (USA) 2.03m (OR)
Med 2.png  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.01m
Med 3.png  Tamara Bykova (URS) 1.99m
4.  Olga Turchak (URS) 1.96m
5.  Galina Astafei (ROM) 1.93m
 Lyudmila Andonova (BUL) 1.93m
7.  Christine Stanton (AUS) 1.93m
8.  Diana Davies (GBR) 1.90m
 Kim Hee-sun (KOR) 1.90m
10.  Maryse Ewanjé-Epée (FRA) 1.90m
11.  Megumi Sato (JPN) 1.90m
12.  Janet Boyle (GBR) 1.90m


1 A  Kim Hee-sun (KOR) 1.92m
B  Megumi Sato (JPN)
B  Tamara Bykova (URS)
4 A  Janet Boyle (GBR)
A  Olga Turchak (URS)
B  Galina Astafei (ROM)
7 A  Maryse Ewanje-Epee (FRA)
8 A  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)
B  Lyudmila Andonova (BUL)
B  Diana Davies (GBR)
11 B  Louise Ritter (USA)
B  Christine Stanton (AUS)


13. A  Heike Redetzky (FRG) 1.90m
14. A  Vanessa Browne (AUS)
15. A  Ling In (CHN)
16. B  Jo Jennings (GBR)
17. B  Lyudmila Avdeyenko (URS) 1.87m
18. B  Coleen Sommer (USA)
19. A  Patricia King (USA) 1.84m
20. A  Cristina Fink (MEX)
21. B  Madely Beaugendre (FRA)
22. A  Biljana Petrović (YUG) 1.80m
23. B  Chun-Yueh Su (TPE)
24. A  Lucienne N'Da (CIV) 1.75m

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