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Athletics at the 1976 Montréal Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 26, 1976
Date Finished: July 28, 1976

Gold: GDR Rosie Witschas-Ackermann
Silver: ITA Sara Simeoni
Bronze: BUL Yordanka Blagoeva


The top jumper since München had been East German [Rosemarie Witschas-Ackermann]. She was European Champion in 1974 and broke the world record twice in 1974 and again in May 1976. Eight jumpers were alive after 1.87 metres (6-1½), and there were still three left thru 1.89 (6-2¼), with Ackermann surprisingly missing her first jump at that height. But at 1.91 (6-3¼) she and Sara Simeoni (ITA) had first attempt successes, while Yordanka Blagoyeva (BUL), silver medalist in 1972, missed her first attempt before clearing. At 1.93 (6-4) Ackermann won the gold medal with a second-attempt clearance. Ackermann won as a straddle jumper, the last high jumper, male or female, to win Olympic gold using that technique.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Rosie Witschas-Ackermann 24 East Germany GDR Gold OR
2 Sara Simeoni 23 Italy ITA Silver
3 Yordanka Blagoeva 29 Bulgaria BUL Bronze
4 Mária Faithová-Mračnová 29 Czechoslovakia TCH
5 Joni Huntley 19 United States USA
6 Tatyana Shlyakhto 20 Soviet Union URS
7 Annette TÃ¥nnander 18 Sweden SWE
8 Cornelia Popescu-Popa 25 Romania ROU
9 Andrea Mátay 20 Hungary HUN
10 Julie White 16 Canada CAN
11 Brigitte Holzapfel 18 West Germany FRG
12T Ria Ahlers 21 Netherlands NED
12T Galina Filatova 26 Soviet Union URS
12T Snežana Hrepevnik 27 Yugoslavia YUG
15T Susann Sundqvist 18 Finland FIN
15T Marie-Christine Debourse 24 France FRA
17 Anne-Marie Pira 21 Belgium BEL
18 Paula Girven 18 United States USA
19 Milada Karbanová 28 Czechoslovakia TCH
20 Louise Hannah-Walker 25 Canada CAN
21 Audrey Reid 24 Jamaica JAM
22T QR Ulrike Meyfarth 20 West Germany FRG
22T QR Rita Schmidt-Kirst 25 East Germany GDR
24 QR Donatella Bulfoni 16 Italy ITA
25T QR Maria Luísa Betioli 27 Brazil BRA
25T QR Věra Bradáčová 20 Czechoslovakia TCH
27T QR Mikiko Sone 23 Japan JPN
27T QR Astrid Tveit 19 Norway NOR
27T QR Nadezhda Marinenko 25 Soviet Union URS
27T QR Pam Spencer 18 United States USA
31 QR Moira Walls 24 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Debbie Brill 23 Canada CAN
AC QR Denise Brown 21 Great Britain GBR
AC QR Disa Gísladóttir 15 Iceland ISL
AC QR Giuseppina Grassi 19 San Marino SMR