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Women's High Jump

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 21, 2008
Date Finished: August 23, 2008

Gold: BEL Tia Hellebaut
Silver: CRO Blanka Vlašić
Bronze: RUS Anna Chicherova

Summary

One of the heaviest favorites in Beijing among the women was Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlašić. She had won 34 consecutive meets, and was the 2007 World Champion. In 2008 she had won all her Golden League meets. In the final, there were still six jumpers remaining at the lofty height of 2.01 (6-7). Four cleared, including Vlašić, who was perfect to that point, and was leading. She was joined by Russians Anna Chicherova, also with a first-attempt clearance, and Yelena Slesarenko, and well-known Belgian heptathlete Tia Hellebaut. Vlašić and Chicherova were again perfect over 2.03 (6-8), while Hellebaut needed two attempts to clear, and Slesarenko went out. But at 2.05 (6-8¾) Hellebaut sailed over on her first attempt for a PR, after Vlašić had missed once. She succeeded on her second attempt but neither could clear 2.07 (6-9½) and the gold medal was Hellebaut’s, the first for Belgium in athletics since 1964 (Gaston Roelants in the steeplechase). Hellebaut was a rare athlete who competed while wearing glasses.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Tia Hellebaut 30 Belgium BEL Gold
2 Blanka Vlašić 24 Croatia CRO Silver
3 Anna Chicherova 26 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Yelena Slesarenko 26 Russia RUS
5 Vita Palamar 30 Ukraine UKR
6 Chaunte Howard-Lowe 24 United States USA
7T Ruth Beitía 29 Spain ESP
7T Ariane Friedrich 24 Germany GER
9 Emma Green-Tregaro 23 Sweden SWE
10T Marina Aitova 25 Kazakhstan KAZ
10T Antonietta Di Martino 30 Italy ITA
12T Iva Straková 28 Czech Republic CZE
12T Vita Stopina 32 Ukraine UKR
14 Svetlana Shkolina 22 Russia RUS
15 Romana Dubnová 29 Czech Republic CZE
16T QR Doreen Amata 20 Nigeria NGR
16T QR Melanie Skotnik-Melfort 25 France FRA
18 QR Svetlana Radzivil 21 Uzbekistan UZB
19T QR Amy Acuff 33 United States USA
19T QR Nicole Forrester 31 Canada CAN
21 QR Anna Iljuštšenko 22 Estonia EST
22 QR Zheng Xingjuan 19 China CHN
23 QR Karina Vnukova 23 Lithuania LTU
24T QR Sharon Day 23 United States USA
24T QR Antonia Stergiou 23 Greece GRE
26 QR Nadiya Dusanova 20 Uzbekistan UZB
27 QR Levern Spencer 24 Saint Lucia LCA
28 QR Yekaterina Yevseyeva 20 Kazakhstan KAZ
29T QR Noengrothai Chaipetch 25 Thailand THA
29T QR Ina Gliznuţa 35 Moldova MDA
AC QR Tatyana Yefimenko 27 Kyrgyzstan KGZ
AC QR María Romary Rifka 37 Mexico MEX