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Athletics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Stratford, London
Date Started: August 9, 2012
Date Finished: August 11, 2012

Gold: RUS Anna Chicherova
Silver: USA Brigetta Barrett
Bronze: RUS Svetlana Shkolina

Summary

Croatian Blanka Vlašić had been the world's top high jumper over the last few years, winning silver at Beijing, and the 2011 World Championships, after winning the 2007 and 2009 Worlds. But she was out of the Olympics in 2012 with an injury, opening it up a little bit. The surprise Beijing gold medalist had been Belgian Tia Hellebaut, who promptly retired to have a baby, but she returned to jumping in late 2011, although she was less of a factor. With those two not available at top form, the favorite going in was Anna Chicherova, the Russian who had won the 2011 Worlds. Her biggest competition was expected to be American Chaunté Lowe.

In the end it was all Chicherova who started with an opening clearance at 1.89, and was perfect through 2.03. Lowe struggled, going out at 2.00 and would finish only sixth due to misses. Surprising young American Brigetta Barrett cleared 2.03 on her second attempt, to place her second at that time, and Russian Svetlana Shkolina also cleared, on her third attempt, placing her third. All three attempted 2.05, but only Chicherova was successful, after one miss, giving her the gold medal. Barrett secured the silver and Shkolina the bronze. Hellebaut placed fifth.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Anna Chicherova 30 Russia RUS Gold
2 Brigetta Barrett 21 United States USA Silver
3 Svetlana Shkolina 26 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Ruth Beitía 33 Spain ESP
5 Tia Hellebaut 34 Belgium BEL
6 Chaunte Howard-Lowe 28 United States USA
7 Svetlana Radzivil 25 Uzbekistan UZB
8 Emma Green-Tregaro 27 Sweden SWE
9 Melanie Skotnik-Melfort 29 France FRA
10 Irina Gordeyeva 25 Russia RUS
11 Airinė Palšytė 20 Lithuania LTU
12 Burcu Ayhan 22 Turkey TUR
13 r1/2 Antonia Stergiou 27 Greece GRE
14 r1/2 Ariane Friedrich 28 Germany GER
15T r1/2 Olena Kholosha 30 Ukraine UKR
15T r1/2 Anna Iljuštšenko 26 Estonia EST
17 r1/2 Doreen Amata 24 Nigeria NGR
18 r1/2 Zheng Xingjuan 23 China CHN
19 r1/2 Levern Spencer 28 Saint Lucia LCA
20T r1/2 Amy Acuff 37 United States USA
20T r1/2 Nadiya Dusanova 24 Uzbekistan UZB
20T r1/2 Ebba Jungmark 25 Sweden SWE
20T r1/2 Lissa Labiche 19 Seychelles SEY
20T r1/2 Lesyaní Mayor 33 Cuba CUB
20T r1/2 Esthera Petre 22 Romania ROU
20T r1/2 Venelina Veneva-Mateeva 38 Bulgaria BUL
27 r1/2 Deirdre Ryan 30 Ireland IRL
28 r1/2 Tonje Angelsen 22 Norway NOR
29T r1/2 Wanida Boonwan 25 Thailand THA
29T r1/2 Dương Thị Việt Anh 21 Vietnam VIE
29T r1/2 Sahana Kumari 30 India IND
29T r1/2 Oldřiška Marešová 25 Czech Republic CZE
29T r1/2 Ana Šimić 22 Croatia CRO
34 r1/2 Vita Stopina 36 Ukraine UKR