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Athletics at the 1984 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 9, 1984
Date Finished: August 10, 1984

Gold: FRG Ulrike Meyfarth
Silver: ITA Sara Simeoni
Bronze: USA Joni Huntley

Summary

The Soviet boycott cost the field Tamara Bykova (URS), who had set two world records in 1983 and one in 1984, and had won the inaugural World Championships in 1983, and Bulgaria’s Lyudmila Andonova, who was the current world record holder with 2.07 (6-9½), set earlier in July 1984. Sara Simeoni was back to defend her title, but was not the dominant jumper she had been in 1980. Also back was the 1972 gold medalist, Ulrike Meyfarth of West Germany. Meyfarth had won that gold medal when only 16-years-old but the ensuing years had been difficult for her. She had finally returned to form, however, in 1982, when she won the European Championships over Bykova. In Los Angeles the competition came down to Meyfarth and Simeoni, both clearing 2.00 (6-6¾) metres on their first attempt. But Meyfarth succeeded at 2.02 (6-7½), while Simeoni could not. Meyfarth thus became both the youngest and oldest woman to win the Olympic high jump, and also became the first track & field athlete to regain an Olympic gold medal after 12 years.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ulrike Meyfarth 28 West Germany FRG Gold OR
2 Sara Simeoni 31 Italy ITA Silver OR
3 Joni Huntley 27 United States USA Bronze OR
4 Maryse Éwanjé-Épée 19 France FRA
5 Debbie Brill 31 Canada CAN
6 Vanessa Browne 21 Australia AUS
7 Zheng Dazhen 24 China CHN
8 Louise Ritter 26 United States USA
9T Yang Wenqin 24 China CHN
9T Diana Elliott-Davies 23 Great Britain GBR
11T Chris Annison-Stanton 24 Australia AUS
11T Heike Redetzky-Henkel 20 West Germany FRG
11T Brigitte Holzapfel 26 West Germany FRG
11T Niculina Vasile 26 Romania ROU
11T Pam Spencer 26 United States USA
16 QR Lidija Benedetič-Lapajne 25 Yugoslavia YUG
17 QR Hisayo Fukumitsu 24 Japan JPN
18 QR Megumi Sato 17 Japan JPN
19 QR Judy Livermore-Simpson 23 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Brigitte Rougeron 23 France FRA
21 QR Ge Ping 23 China CHN
22T QR Chris Soetewey 26 Belgium BEL
22T QR Laura Agront 19 Puerto Rico PUR
24T QR Liliana Arigoni 21 Argentina ARG
24T QR Disa Gísladóttir 23 Iceland ISL
26 QR Isabel Mozún 24 Spain ESP
27T QR Brigitte Reid 28 Canada CAN
27T QR Constance Senghor 21 Senegal SEN
29 QR Liu Yen-Chiu 22 Chinese Taipei TPE