14 January 1993 |
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||60 kg (132 lb)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|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. She was also the silver medallist at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and 2009 Gymnasiade.
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. 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.
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.
|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|
|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|
|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 7 3⁄4 in)||Moscow||20 February 2017|
- "Mariya KUCHINA". european-athletics.org. European Athletics Association. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "KUCHINA Maria". universiade2013.sportresult.com. Kazan2013.ru. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- 2009 World Youth Championships - High Jump - W Final. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
- European Youth Olympic Festival 2009. WJAH. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
- Qatar Embraces Gold in Doha 2009 Gymnasiade. Qatar Athletic Association (2009-12-10). Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
- "2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Girls high jump results (final)" (PDF). Atos Origin. Retrieved 2011-01-27.
- Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (2011-01-23). Kuchina foils Slesarenko’s comeback in Volgograd. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
- Juck Alfons & Ramsak, Bob (2011-01-27). Kuchina clears 1.97m World junior best in Trinec. IAAF. Retrieved on 2011-01-28.
|Awards and achievements|
|Women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
|Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
(tied with Anna Chicherova and Ruth Beitia)