Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 9–11 August
Competitors 35 from 28 nations
Winning height 2.05
Gold medal    Russia
Silver medal    United States
Bronze medal    Russia
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The Women's high jump competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 9–11 August.[1]

In the qualifying round, only four athletes attempted the automatic qualifying height of 1.96, the clearance necessary for Svetlana Radzivil to advance beyond two misses at 1.93 and while failing, Irina Gordeeva needed to cover her chances in case Ariane Friedrich or Antonia Stergiou had cleared it.

In the final, it was down to four athletes at 2 metres, in the process losing defending champion Tia Hellebaut and reigning indoor champion Chaunte Lowe. Ruth Beitia was clean at 2.00 with one earlier miss, but she could go no further. Brigetta Barrett was getting into a habit of clearing heights on her second attempt. But she also cleared 2.03 on her second attempt, while Svetlana Shkolina cleared on her third, putting Barrett in silver medal position and Shkolina in the bronze position. The leader was reigning world champion Anna Chicherova, clean through 2.03, which would have been enough for the gold medal. But the competition went on, all three attempting 2.05. Chicherova cleared on her second attempt while Barrett and Shkolina missed three times to settle the medals for sure.[2]

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. Athletes start with a qualifying round. Jumping in turn, each athlete attempts to achieve the qualifying height. If they fail at three jumps in a row, they are eliminated. After a successful jump, they receive three more attempts to achieve the next height. Once all jumps have been completed, all athletes who have achieved the qualifying height go through to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieve the qualifying standard, the best 12 athletes go through. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same format until all athletes fail three consecutive jumps.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:30 Qualifications
Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:00 Finals


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 m Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Olympic record  Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) 2.06 m Athens, Greece 28 August 2004
2012 World leading  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.03 m Cheboksary, Russia 4 July 2012
Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics
2012 World leading  Anna Chicherova (RUS) 2.05 m London, United Kingdom 11 August 2012



Qual. rule: qualification standard 1.96m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.75 1.80 1.85 1.90 1.93 1.96 Result Note[4]
1 B Svetlana Radzivil Uzbekistan o o o o xxo o 1.96 Q, SB
2 A Ruth Beitia Spain - - o o o - 1.93 q
A Anna Chicherova Russia - - o o o - 1.93 q
A Emma Green Tregaro Sweden - - o o o - 1.93 q, SB
B Tia Hellebaut Belgium - - o o o - 1.93 q
B Chaunte Lowe United States - o o o o - 1.93 q
A Melanie Melfort France o o o o o - 1.93 q, =SB
B Svetlana Shkolina Russia - - o o o - 1.93 q
9 A Burcu Ayhan Turkey o o - xo o - 1.93 q, SB
10 A Brigetta Barrett United States o o o o xo - 1.93 q
B Irina Gordeeva Russia - o o o xo xx- 1.93 q
A Airinė Palšytė Lithuania o o o o xo - 1.93 q
13 B Antonia Stergiou Greece o xo o xxo xo xxx 1.93 SB
14 A Ariane Friedrich Germany - - o o xxo xxx 1.93 SB
15 A Olena Holosha Ukraine - o o o xxx 1.90
B Anna Iljuštšenko Estonia - o o o xxx 1.90
17 B Doreen Amata Nigeria - o x- o xxx 1.90 SB
18 A Zheng Xingjuan China - o o xxo xxx 1.90
19 B Levern Spencer Saint Lucia - o xo xxo xxx 1.90
20 B Amy Acuff United States o o o xxx 1.85
A Nadiya Dusanova Uzbekistan - o o xxx 1.85
B Ebba Jungmark Sweden - o o xxx 1.85
B Lissa Labiche Seychelles o o o xxx 1.85
B Lesyani Mayor Cuba o o o xxx 1.85
A Esthera Petre Romania o o o xxx 1.85
B Venelina Veneva-Mateeva Bulgaria - o o xxx 1.85
27 A Deirdre Ryan Ireland - o xo xxx 1.85
28 A Tonje Angelsen Norway - o xxo xxx 1.85
29 A Wanida Boonwan Thailand o o xxx 1.80
A Dương Thị Việt Anh Vietnam - o xxx 1.80
B Sahana Kumari India - o xxx 1.80
A Oldřiška Marešová Czech Republic o o xxx 1.80
B Ana Šimić Croatia - o xxx 1.80
34 B Vita Styopina Ukraine xo xo xxx 1.80
N/A B Marina Aitova Kazakhstan xxx N/A NM

r = retired from competition


Rank Name Nationality 1.89 1.93 1.97 2.00 2.03 2.05 Result Note
1st Anna Chicherova Russia o o o o o xo 2.05 WL
2nd Brigetta Barrett United States o o xo xo xo xxx 2.03 PB
3rd Svetlana Shkolina Russia o o o o xxo xxx 2.03 PB
4 Ruth Beitia Spain o o xo o xxx 2.00 =SB
5 Tia Hellebaut Belgium o xxo o xxx 1.97 =SB
6 Chaunte Lowe United States o o xo xxx 1.97
7 Svetlana Radzivil Uzbekistan o xxo xxo xxx 1.97 SB
8 Emma Green Tregaro Sweden xo o xxx 1.93 =SB
9 Melanie Melfort France o xo xxx 1.93 =SB
10 Irina Gordeeva Russia o xxo xxx 1.93
11 Airinė Palšytė Lithuania o xxx 1.89
12 Burcu Ayhan Turkey xxo xxx 1.89