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Athletics at the 1996 Atlanta Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: August 1, 1996
Date Finished: August 3, 1996

Gold: BUL Stefka Kostadinova
Silver: GRE Niki Bakogianni
Bronze: UKR Inha Babakova

Summary

Stefka Kostadinova had been the world's top high jumper since 1986 but had failed badly in both 1988 and 1992 in her attempt to win Olympic gold. She had set three world records, and her mark of 2.09 (6-10¼) from 1987 still stood (and stands thru 2008), and had cleared 2.05 metres (6-8¾) 20 times, a mark cleared only five times by other women. She was World Champion in 1987 and 1995. Thru 2.01 (6-7) metres in the final round, three jumpers survived – Kostadinova, Inha Babakova (UKR), and Greece's Niki Bakogianni – but Kostadinova and Babakova led as they were perfect to that point. But Babakova went out at 2.03 (6-7¾), while Bakogianni had a surprise clearance at that height on her third attempt. However, Kostadinova still led, and was still perfect. She cemented the gold medal by jumping 2.05 metres (6-8¾).

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Stefka Kostadinova 31 Bulgaria BUL Gold OR
2 Niki Bakogianni 28 Greece GRE Silver
3 Inha Babakova 29 Ukraine UKR Bronze
4 Yelena Gulyayeva 28 Russia RUS
5T Alina Astafei 27 Germany GER
5T Nelė Savickytė-Žilinskienė 26 Lithuania LTU
5T Tatyana Motkova 27 Russia RUS
8 Hanne Haugland 28 Norway NOR
9T Britta Bilač 27 Slovenia SLO
9T Tisha Waller 25 United States USA
11T Zuzana Kováčiková-Hlavoňová 23 Czech Republic CZE
11T Olga Bolşova 28 Moldova MDA
13 Svetlana Zalevskaya 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
AC r2/2 Antonella Bevilacqua 24 Italy ITA
14 QR Tatyana Khramova 26 Belarus BLR
15 QR Kajsa Bergqvist 19 Sweden SWE
16 QR Lea Haggett 24 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Ioamnet Quintero 23 Cuba CUB
18 QR Connie Teaberry 25 United States USA
19T QR Debbie Marti 28 Great Britain GBR
19T QR Yuliya Lyakhova 19 Russia RUS
19T QR Sieglinde Cadusch 28 Switzerland SUI
19T QR Vita Stopina 20 Ukraine UKR
23 QR Ina Gliznuţa 23 Moldova MDA
24T QR Alica Javadová 27 Slovakia SVK
24T QR Amy Acuff 21 United States USA
26 QR Natasha Alleyne 27 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
27 QR Juana Rosario Arrendel 17 Dominican Republic DOM
28 QR Svetlana Munkova 31 Uzbekistan UZB
29T QR Venelina Veneva-Mateeva 22 Bulgaria BUL
29T QR Irène Tiendrébéogo 19 Burkina Faso BUR
AC QR Alison Inverarity 25 Australia AUS