Svetlana Shkolina

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Svetlana Shkolina
Svetlana Shkolina by Augustas Didzgalvis.jpg
Shkolina at the 2013 World championships Athletics in Moscow.
Personal information
Born (1986-03-09) March 9, 1986 (age 31)
Yartsevo, Smolensk, USSR
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 66 kg (146 lb)

Svetlana Vladimirovna Shkolina (Russian: Светлана Владимировна Школина; born 9 March 1986) is a Russian high jumper. She set her outdoor personal best of 2.03 metres to earn the bronze medal at the 2012 Olympic Games. She again cleared 2.03 metres to become World Champion at the 2013 World Championships in Moscow. Her indoor personal best is 2.00 metres, achieved in February 2010 in Arnstadt.

Early career[edit]

She was born in Yartsevo.[1] As a teenager she won the silver medals at the 2003 World Youth Championships and the 2004 World Junior Championships and the gold medal at the 2005 European Junior Championships. Her personal bests were 1.88 metres in 2003 (Krasnodar, May), 1.91 metres in 2004 (Grosseto, WJC, July) and 1.92 metres in 2005 (Mannheim, June).[2] In 2007, she won another gold medal, at the 2007 European U23 Championships, where both Shkolina and Adonia Steryiou cleared 1.92 metres but failed at 1.95 metres.[3] She also improved her personal best to 1.96 metres in Tula in June 2007, having only managed to equal 1.92 metres the 2006 season.[2]

Senior career[edit]

Svetlana Shkolina won the women's high jump in 2013 World Championships in Athletics


Her first major international senior championship was the 2008 Olympic Games, where she finished fourteenth with a jump of 1.93 metres. Her season's best was 1.98 metres, achieved in July in Kazan. In 2009, she equalled this height in January in Rijeka before finishing fourth at the 2009 European Indoor Championships. She finished fourth again at the 2009 European Team Championships, by equalling her personal best for the third time in the Super League competition in Leiria. At the 2009 World Championships and the 2009 World Athletics Final she finished sixth; with 1.96 and 1.94 metres respectively.[2]


In early 2010 she broke the 2-metre barrier as she cleared 2.00 metres at the Hochsprung mit Musik event in Arnstadt in February.[2] She contended with Blanka Vlašić who eventually set a world leading mark of 2.06 metres.[4] In the next three international championships she ended on the unlucky 4th place: In March 2010 at the World Indoor Championships in Doha, Qatar (1.96 m), in August at the European Championships in Barcelona (1.97 m) and in March 2011 at the European Athletics Indoor Championships in Paris (1.92 m). In July she managed to beat Vlašić at the high jump meeting in Eberstadt, Germany. Shkolina managed 1.99 m, while Vlašić stopped at 1.97 m.


Shkolina won a bronze medal at the high jump at the 2012 Summer Olympics with a height of 2.03 m.[5]


Shkolina won the gold medal at the high jump at the 2013 World Championships in Athletics in Moscow equalizing her personal best with a height of 2.03 m.


Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Russia
2003 World Youth Championships Sherbrooke, Canada 2nd 1.84 m
European Youth Olympics Paris, France 2nd 1.84 m
2004 World Junior Championships Grosseto, Italy 2nd 1.91 m
2005 European Junior Championships Kaunas, Lithuania 1st 1.91 m
2007 European U23 Championships Debrecen, Hungary 1st 1.92 m
2009 World Championships Berlin, Germany 6th 1.96 m
2010 World Indoor Championships Doha, Qatar 4th 1.96 m
European Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 1.97 m
2011 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 1.92 m
World Championships Daegu, South Korea 5th 1.97 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 3rd 2.03 m
Diamond League 3rd details
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 1st 2.03 m
Diamond League 1st details


  1. ^ "Svetlana Shkolina". Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d Svetlana Shkolina profile at IAAF
  3. ^ "14 finals decided on thrilling afternoon of athletics on Day Three in Debrecen". European Athletics. 24 July 2007. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  4. ^ "Blanka Vlašic flies high in Arnstadt". European Athletics. 7 February 2010. Retrieved 24 February 2010. 
  5. ^ NBC Olympics – Women's High Jump Results