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Women's High Jump

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 25, 1980
Date Finished: July 26, 1980

Gold: ITA Sara Simeoni
Silver: POL Urszula Kielan
Bronze: GDR Jutta Kirst


The American boycott had little effect on the competition as the best jumpers were the defending champion [Rosemarie Ackermann] (GDR) and Italy's [Sara Simeoni], the silver medalist in Montréal. Between 1974 and 1977, Ackermann set seven consecutive world records, topped by her performance at the ISTAF Meet in Berlin on 26 August 1977. On that day, she first jumped 1.97 (6-5½) and then became the first woman to jump two metres. But in August 1978, Simeoni broke that record, jumping 2.01 (6-7) twice, the second mark coming when she won the European Championships, defeating Ackermann in the process. These two were the heavy favorites, with Simeoni given a slight edge based on form earlier in 1980. In the final round, seven jumpers were alive after 1.91 metres (6-3¼), but only Simeoni, [Urszula Kielan] (POL), and [Jutta Kirst] (GDR) could get over 1.94 (6-4¼). Ackermann, jumping with an injured knee, missed at that height and finished out of the medals in fourth. Only Simeoni could get over 1.97 metres (6-5½), winning the gold medal, with Klein's first-attempt clearance at 1.94 (6-4¼) bringing her the silver medal, as Kirst had missed once at that height.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sara Simeoni 27 Italy ITA Gold OR
2 Urszula Kielan 19 Poland POL Silver OR
3 Jutta Kirst 25 East Germany GDR Bronze OR
4 Rosie Witschas-Ackermann 28 East Germany GDR
5 Marina Sysoyeva 21 Soviet Union URS
6T Chris Annison-Stanton 20 Australia AUS
6T Andrea Reichstein 20 East Germany GDR
8 Cornelia Popescu-Popa 29 Romania ROU
9 Tamara Bykova 21 Soviet Union URS
10 Andrea Mátay 24 Hungary HUN
11 Louise Miller 20 Great Britain GBR
12 Chris Soetewey 22 Belgium BEL
13 QR Elżbieta Krawczuk 19 Poland POL
14 QR Danuta Bułkowska 21 Poland POL
15 QR Susanne Lorentzon 19 Sweden SWE
16T QR Yordanka Blagoeva 33 Bulgaria BUL
16T QR Marina Serkova 18 Soviet Union URS
18 QR Ann-Ewa Karlsson 25 Sweden SWE
19 QR Lidija Benedetič-Lapajne 21 Yugoslavia YUG
AC QR Dia Toutingi 20 Syria SYR