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Athletics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

Athletics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): João Havelange Olympic Stadium, Engenho de Dentro, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 18, 2016
Date Finished: August 20, 2016

Gold: ESP Ruth Beitía
Silver: BUL Mirela Demireva
Bronze: CRO Blanka VlaÅ¡ić


The women’s high jump had no clear favorite, but a very large final field, as 17 jumpers succeeded at the automatic qualifying height of 1.94 metres. All 17 cleared the final’s opening height of 1.88 metres, and 12 jumpers were also successful at 1.93. At 1.97 metres the field thinned out, as only four competitors succeeded – Spain’s [Ruth Beitia], Bulgarian [Mirela Demireva], Croatian [Blanka Vlašić], and American [Chaunte Lowe], with Beitia and Demireva clearing on their first attempts, while Vlašić had one failure, and Lowe needed three attempts. Beitia was in the lead, however, as Demireva had a miss at the opening height. When all four jumpers failed at 2.00 metres, Beitia had won the gold medal, with Demireva getting silver, and Vlašić bronze.

Beitia was in her fourth Olympics, winning her first medal at age 37. Vlašić was competing in her fifth Olympics, adding this bronze to the silver she had won at Beijing in 2008. Lowe was also a veteran, competing at the 2004 and 2008 Olympics, and she had come back from three pregnancy leaves. One other jumper who received a lot of pre-Games publicity was American [Vashti Cunningham], the 2016 World Indoor Champion. She was only 17-years-old and was also the daughter of former NFL player Randall Cunningham. She cleared 1.88 in the final, but finished in a tie for 13th.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Ruth Beitía 37 Spain ESP Gold
2 Mirela Demireva 26 Bulgaria BUL Silver
3 Blanka Vlašić 32 Croatia CRO Bronze
4 Chaunte Howard-Lowe 32 United States USA
5 Alessia Trost 23 Italy ITA
6 Levern Spencer 32 Saint Lucia LCA
7T Sofie Skoog 26 Sweden SWE
7T Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch 25 Germany GER
9 Kamila Lićwinko 30 Poland POL
10T Morgan Lake 19 Great Britain GBR
10T Inika McPherson 29 United States USA
10T Iryna Herashchenko 21 Ukraine UKR
13T Airinė Palšytė 24 Lithuania LTU
13T Svetlana Radzivil 29 Uzbekistan UZB
13T Vashti Cunningham 18 United States USA
16 Desiree Rossit 22 Italy ITA
17 Alyxandria Treasure 24 Canada CAN
18 r1/2 Michaela Hrubá 18 Czech Republic CZE
19 r1/2 Yuliya Levchenko 18 Ukraine UKR
20 r1/2 Nadiya Dusanova 28 Uzbekistan UZB
21 r1/2 Maruša Černjul 24 Slovenia SLO
22T r1/2 Eleanor Patterson 20 Australia AUS
22T r1/2 Ana Šimić 26 Croatia CRO
22T r1/2 Oksana Okunieva 26 Ukraine UKR
25 r1/2 Jeanelle Scheper 21 Saint Lucia LCA
26 r1/2 Linda Sandblom 26 Finland FIN
27 r1/2 Doreen Amata 28 Nigeria NGR
28 r1/2 Priscilla Frederick 27 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
29T r1/2 Erika Kinsey 28 Sweden SWE
29T r1/2 Lissa Labiche 23 Seychelles SEY
31 r1/2 Akela Jones 21 Barbados BAR
32T r1/2 Leontia Kallenou 21 Cyprus CYP
32T r1/2 Valentina Liashenko 35 Georgia GEO
32T r1/2 Tonje Angelsen 26 Norway NOR
32T r1/2 Barbara Szabó 26 Hungary HUN