Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates18 August 2016 (qualification)
20 August 2016 (final)
Competitors36 from 27 nations
Winning height1.97 m
1st, gold medalist(s) Ruth Beitia  Spain
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mirela Demireva  Bulgaria
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia
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The women's high jump event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between August 18–20, at the Olympic Stadium.[1]


There were 17 athletes who made the final. The height of 1.93 proved to be the undoing for five of them, even though all of them had cleared 1.94 in qualifying the day earlier. Among the non-qualifiers were World indoor Champion Vashti Cunningham and European silver medalist Airinė Palšytė. Eight more were excised at 1.97 m, leaving the medalists plus one extra. Waving her fingers at the bar before she jumped, 37 year old Ruth Beitia remained perfect to that point. Mirela Demireva was jumping over her previous best but made it on her first attempt as well. She was in second place with one miss earlier in the competition. Blanka Vlašić had one miss at every height, a pattern that put her in third place. And making the bar on her last attempt, world leader Chaunté Lowe was in fourth place. All but Demireva had cleared 2.00 before, Lowe in 2016. Earlier in her career Vlašić made 2.00 routine and was attempting the world record of 2.10 on occasion. None of them could make 2.00 in the final and their earlier positions were confirmed. It was Beitia's first gold medal in World level competition. This was also the first Olympic women's high jump since 1980 where the winning height was below two metres.

Competition format[edit]

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


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
2016 World leading  Chaunté Lowe (USA) 2.01 Eugene, Oregon, United States 3 July 2016


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:00 Qualifications
Saturday, 20 August 2016 20:30 Finals



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified


Qualification rule: qualification standard 1.94m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.92 1.94 Result Note
1 B Ruth Beitia  Spain o o o o 1.94 Q
A Chaunte Lowe  United States o o o o o 1.94 Q
B Inika Mcpherson  United States o o o 1.94 Q, SB
B Svetlana Radzivil  Uzbekistan o o o o o 1.94 Q
A Levern Spencer  Saint Lucia o o o o o 1.94 Q
B Blanka Vlašić  Croatia o o o o 1.94 Q
7 B Sofie Skoog  Sweden o o xo o o 1.94 Q, PB
B Alessia Trost  Italy o o xo o o 1.94 Q
9 A Mirela Demireva  Bulgaria o o o xxo o 1.94 Q
B Kamila Lićwinko  Poland o xo xo o 1.94 Q
11 B Airine Palsyte  Lithuania o o o xo xo 1.94 Q
12 B Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch  Germany o o o xxo xo 1.94 Q
13 A Iryna Gerashchenko  Ukraine o o o o xxo 1.94 Q, SB
14 B Alyxandria Treasure  Canada o o o xo xxo 1.94 Q, PB
15 A Vashti Cunningham  United States o xo xo xxo 1.94 Q
A Morgan Lake  Great Britain o o o xxo xxo 1.94 Q, PB
A Desirée Rossit  Italy o o xxo o xxo 1.94 Q
18 A Michaela Hruba  Czech Republic o o o o xxx 1.92
19 A Yuliya Levchenko  Ukraine o o xo o xxx 1.92
20 A Nadiya Dusanova  Uzbekistan o o xo xo xxx 1.92
21 B Maruša Černjul  Slovenia o o o xxo xxx 1.92
22 B Oksana Okuneva  Ukraine o o o xxx 1.89
A Eleanor Patterson  Australia o o xxx 1.89
A Ana Simic  Croatia o o xxx 1.89
25 B Jeanelle Scheper  Saint Lucia xo o o xxx 1.89
26 B Linda Sandblom  Finland o xo xo xxx 1.89
27 A Doreen Amata  Nigeria o xxo xo xxx 1.89
28 A Priscilla Frederick  Antigua and Barbuda o xxo xxo xxx 1.89
29 A Erika Kinsey  Sweden o o xxx 1.85
B Lissa Labiche  Seychelles o o xxx 1.85
31 A Akela Jones  Barbados o xo xxx 1.85
32 B Tonje Angelsen  Norway xo xxx 1.80
A Leontia Kallenou  Cyprus xo xxx 1.80 SB
A Valentina Liashenko  Georgia xo xxx 1.80
B Barbara Szabó  Hungary xo xxx 1.80
B Nafissatou Thiam  Belgium DNS


Rank Name Nationality 1.88 1.93 1.97 2.00 Result Note
1st, gold medalist(s) Ruth Beitia  Spain o o o xxx 1.97
2nd, silver medalist(s) Mirela Demireva  Bulgaria xo o o xxx 1.97 PB
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia xo xo xo xxx 1.97 SB
4 Chaunté Lowe  United States o o xxo xxx 1.97
5 Alessia Trost  Italy o o xxx 1.93
6 Levern Spencer  Saint Lucia xo o xxx 1.93
7 Sofie Skoog  Sweden o xo xxx 1.93
Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch  Germany o xo xxx 1.93
9 Kamila Lićwinko  Poland xo xo xxx 1.93
10 Iryna Gerashchenko  Ukraine o xxo xxx 1.93
Morgan Lake  Great Britain o xxo xxx 1.93
Inika McPherson  United States o xxo xxx 1.93
13 Airinė Palšytė  Lithuania o xxx 1.88
Svetlana Radzivil  Uzbekistan o xxx 1.88
Vashti Cunningham  United States o xxx 1.88
16 Desirée Rossit  Italy xo xxx 1.88
17 Alyxandria Treasure  Canada xxo xxx 1.88


  1. ^ "Women's high jump". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.