Inha Babakova

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Inha Alvidasivna Babakova
Inha Babakova - Signature.jpg
Personal information
Full name Інга Альвідасівна Бабакова
Nationality  Ukraine
Born (1967-06-26) 26 June 1967 (age 50)
Aşgabat, Turkmen SSR, Soviet Union
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight 60 kg (132 lb; 9 st 6 lb)
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) High jump (outdoor): 2.05 m
High jump (indoor): 2.00 m

Inha Babakova
Medal record
Women's athletics
Representing  Soviet Union
World Championships
Bronze medal – third place 1991 Tokyo High jump
Representing  Ukraine
Olympic Games
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta High jump
World Championships
Gold medal – first place 1999 Seville High jump
Silver medal – second place 1997 Athens High jump
Silver medal – second place 2001 Edmonton High jump
Bronze medal – third place 1995 Gothenburg High jump
World Indoor Championships
Silver medal – second place 1997 Paris High Jump
Silver medal – second place 2001 Lisbon High Jump
Bronze medal – third place 1993 Toronto High Jump

Inha Babakova (née Butkus, born 26 June 1967) is a former high jumper who represented the Soviet Union and later Ukraine. She was born in Asgabat, Turkmen SSR. Her personal best is 2.05 metres.

Babakova won an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 and became World Champion in Seville 1999. She also won four other World Championship medals, with bronzes in 1991 and 1995 and silvers in 1997 and 2001. Track and Field News magazine ranked her in the world's top ten in their annual merit rankings for 13 out of 14 seasons (1991-2004), the exception being 1998. She was in the top five ten times. Only Stefka Kostadinova, among other female high jumpers, has more top ten rankings. Her 2.01 m clearance in Oslo on her 36th birthday in 2003 is the women's W35 World Record.[1]


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Soviet Union
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 3rd 1.96 m
Representing  Ukraine
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 3rd 2.00 m
1994 European Championships Helsinki, Finland 4th 1.93 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 3rd 1.99 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 3rd 2.01 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 2nd 2.00 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 2nd 1.96 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 1st 1.99 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 5th 1.96 m
2001 World Indoor Championships Lisbon, Portugal 2nd 2.00 m
World Championships Edmonton, Canada 2nd 2.00 m
2003 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 8th 1.92 m
World Championships Paris, France 15th q 1.88 m
2004 Olympic Games Athens, Greece 9th 1.93 m

Note: Results with a q, indicate overall position in qualifying round.

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30. 

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1994 – 1995
Succeeded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Preceded by
Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova

Succeeded by
Bulgaria Venelina Veneva