Mariya Kuchina

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Mariya Kuchina
Personal information
Nationality Russian
Born (1993-01-14) 14 January 1993 (age 24)[1]
Prokhladny, Kabardino-Balkaria
Height 180 cm (5 ft 11 in)[2]
Weight 60 kg (132 lb)[2]
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s) 2.03 m

Mariya Aleksandrovna Kuchina (Russian: Мария Александровна Кучина; born 14 January 1993) is a Russian track and field athlete who specialises in the high jump. She won the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships.


Kuchina won her first international medal at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where she cleared a personal best of 1.85 m to take the silver medal behind Italian Alessia Trost.[3] She was also the silver medallist at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and 2009 Gymnasiade.[4][5]

In the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics, Kuchina won a gold medal in the girls' high jump with a clearance of 1.86 m, ahead of Alessia Trost.[6]

She started her 2011 season with a major scalp in the form of Yelena Slesarenko, who she defeated with an indoor best jump of 1.90 m.[7] A greater effort soon followed on the Moravia High Jump Tour meet in Třinec, as she cleared 1.97 m to claim the world junior indoor best which Desislava Aleksandrova had held since 1994.[8]

Kuchina won the gold medal at the 2015 World Championships with a personal best of 2.01 m. Kuchina has also won the gold medal both at the 2014 World Indoor Championships and at the 2015 European Indoor Championships. Kuchina has also won the silver medal at the 2014 European Championships.

Following her world championships win, she was among the leading hopefuls to win the Olympic title at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, her dreams were cut short when the CAS upheld their decision to ban the Russian Track and Field Federation from the Games. Interestingly, at a domestic competition she jumped a height of 2.00m—a height that would've easily won gold in Rio—only 2 hours after she learned that she would not get to compete at the olympics.

International competitions[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
2009 World Youth Championships Brixen, Italy 2nd 1.85 m
European Youth Olympics Tampere, Finland 2nd 1.85 m
2010 Youth Olympic Games Singapore 1st 1.89 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 9th 1.92 m
European Junior Championships Tallinn, Estonia 1st 1.95 m
2012 World Junior Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 1.88 m
2013 Universiade Kazan, Russia 2nd 1.96 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 1st 2.00 m
European Championships Zürich, Switzerland 2nd 1.99 m
Diamond League 1st details
2015 European Indoor Championships Prague, Czech Republic 1st 1.97 m
European U23 Championships Tallinn, Estonia 12th 1.71 m
World Championships Beijing, China 1st 2.01 m
Diamond League 2nd details

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
High jump (outdoor) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Brussels 11 September 2015
High jump (outdoor) 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) Beijing 29 August 2015
High jump (indoor) 2.03 m (6 ft 734 in) Moscow 20 February 2017


  1. ^ "Mariya KUCHINA". European Athletics Association. Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "KUCHINA Maria". Retrieved 19 September 2015. 
  3. ^ 2009 World Youth Championships - High Jump - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
  4. ^ European Youth Olympic Festival 2009. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
  5. ^ Qatar Embraces Gold in Doha 2009 Gymnasiade. Qatar Athletic Association (2009-12-10). Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
  6. ^ "2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Girls high jump results (final)" (PDF). Atos Origin. Retrieved 2011-01-27. 
  7. ^ Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-01-23). Kuchina foils Slesarenko’s comeback in Volgograd. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
  8. ^ Juck Alfons & Ramsak, Bob (2011-01-27). Kuchina clears 1.97m World junior best in Trinec. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Aníta Hinriksdóttir
Women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
Succeeded by
Noemi Zbären
Sporting positions
Preceded by
United States Brigetta Barrett
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
(tied with Anna Chicherova and Ruth Beitia)
Succeeded by
Russia Anna Chicherova