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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988

Gold: USA Louise Ritter
Silver: BUL Stefka Kostadinova
Bronze: URS Tamara Bykova

Summary

By 1988 the dominant high jumper in the world was Bulgaria's Stefka Kostadinova. She had won the 1986 European Championships and the 1987 World Championships, and had set three world records in 1986-87. The last in August 1987 was 2.09 (6-10¼) metres, a mark which lasted through 2008 as the world record. Also considered was Tamara Bykova (URS), the 1983 World Champion and a three-time world record setter, but she was not expected to beat Kostadinova. Bykova cleared 1.99 metres (6-6¼) on her third attempt but went out at 2.01 (6-7). Only Kostadinova and American Louise Ritter would clear that height, and both were perfect to that point. Neither succeeded at 2.03 metres (6-7¾), so they began a jump-off, returning to 2.03. At that height Ritter went over on her first attempt, Kostadinova missed, and Louise Ritter won a huge upset gold medal. The jump also equaled her American record.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Louise Ritter 30 United States USA Gold OR
2 Stefka Kostadinova 23 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Tamara Bykova 29 Soviet Union URS Bronze
4 Olga Turchak 21 Soviet Union URS
5T Lyudmila Andonova 28 Bulgaria BUL
5T Alina Astafei 19 Romania ROU
7 Chris Annison-Stanton 28 Australia AUS
8T Diana Elliott-Davies 27 Great Britain GBR
8T Kim Hui-Seon 25 South Korea KOR
10 Maryse Éwanjé-Épée 24 France FRA
11 Megumi Sato 22 Japan JPN
12 Janet Boyle 25 Great Britain GBR
13 QR Heike Redetzky-Henkel 24 West Germany FRG
14 QR Vanessa Browne 25 Australia AUS
15 QR Jin Ling 21 China CHN
16 QR Jo Jennings 18 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Liudmyla Avdeienko 24 Soviet Union URS
18 QR Coleen Sommer 28 United States USA
19 QR Trish King 26 United States USA
20 QR Madely Beaugendre 22 France FRA
21 QR Cristina Fink-Sisniega 23 Mexico MEX
22 QR Biljana Petrović 27 Yugoslavia YUG
23 QR Su Chun-Yueh 17 Chinese Taipei TPE
24 QR Lucienne N'Da 23 Cote d'Ivoire CIV