2009 World Championships in Athletics – Women's high jump

The women's high jump event at the 2009 World Championships in Berlin, Germany was held between 18 August and 20 August 2009.

Reigning champion Blanka Vlašić had spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons largely unbeaten, but high-profile losses in the Olympic high jump final and the 2008 IAAF Golden League final spelled the end for her lengthy winning streak. The rise of Germany's Ariane Friedrich in the 2009 season had seen her take the European Indoor title and make the world-leading jump of 2.06 m. Having beaten Vlašić in three of their five meetings that season, she was one of Germany's best prospects for a gold medal on home turf. Outside of the two top high jumpers, Antonietta Di Martino and Ruth Beitia had also performed well that season and 2004 Olympic gold medallist Yelena Slesarenko was another strong contender.[1]

Vlašić had an unexpected setback before the qualifiers, suffering a deep gash in her head after hitting a doorway, but after receiving stitches she arrived at the stadium in time for the competition.[2] All the expected finalists made their way through the qualification rounds. All but three of the twelve finalists managed the 1.95 m automatic qualifying mark, with Meike Kröger being a surprise second finalist for the host nation through her best non-qualifying mark of 1.92 m.[3] Although the event was largely portrayed as a head-to-head between Vlašić and Friedrich, Russian Anna Chicherova proved to be a significant contender in the final.[4]

Performing before a sold-out stadium, Di Martino and Beitia finished their competition with a best of 1.99 m, leaving Vlašić, Friedrich and Chicherova to compete for the medals. The Russian took the lead, managing 2.02 m on her first attempt, while the Croatian and the German needed two and three jumps, respectively. Vlašić was the first over 2.04 m and Chicherova recorded three fouls, unable to pass the height. Friedrich, who was in third place, twice failed the height and raised the bar to 2.06 m to try to take the gold medal position. Her final effort, although close, was not enough and she finished with the bronze. Vlašić then raised the bar to the world record of 2.10 m, but failed to jump the height.[4]

Friedrich did not repeat the form which had seen her set a national record of 2.06 m at the Olympiastadion two months earlier, leaving Vlašić and Chicherova to repeat their gold and silver medal performances of the 2007 World Championships in Osaka.[4][5] Vlašić, who became the first to win consecutive world titles in the event since Hestrie Cloete,[6] said that she was surprised that 2.04 m had been enough for the gold medal and she expected to go much higher. Second-placed Chicherova said neither she, nor athletics commentators, had expected her to win the silver medal, but she had overcome prior injury concerns. Although gold had not materialised for Friedrich, she was happy with her bronze medal – her first at a World Championships.[7]


Gold   Blanka Vlašić
Silver   Ariane Friedrich
Bronze   Antonietta Di Martino


World record   Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Championship record   Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
World Leading   Ariane Friedrich (GER) 2.06 Berlin, Germany 14 June 2009
African Record   Hestrie Cloete (RSA) 2.06 Paris, France 31 August 2003
Asian Record   Marina Aitova (KAZ) 1.99 Athens, Greece 13 July 2009
North American record   Silvia Costa (CUB) 2.04 Barcelona, Spain 9 September 1989
South American record   Solange Witteveen (ARG) 1.96 Oristano, Italy 8 September 1997
European Record   Stefka Kostadinova (BUL) 2.09 Rome, Italy 30 August 1987
Oceanian Record   Vanessa Browne-Ward (AUS) 1.98 Perth, Australia 12 February 1989

Qualification standardsEdit

A standard B standard
1.95 m 1.91 m


Date Time Round
August 18, 2009 10:20 Qualification
August 20, 2009 19:10 Final



Qualification: Qualifying Performance 1.95 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.92 1.95 Result Notes
1 A Blanka Vlašić   Croatia (CRO) - o o o o 1.95 Q
1 B Ariane Friedrich   Germany (GER) - - - - o 1.95 Q
1 B Emma Green   Sweden (SWE) - o - o o 1.95 Q
4 A Chaunte Howard   United States (USA) o o xo o o 1.95 Q
4 A Ruth Beitia   Spain (ESP) - o o xo o 1.95 Q
4 B Antonietta Di Martino   Italy (ITA) o o xo o o 1.95 Q
4 B Anna Chicherova   Russia (RUS) - o o xo o 1.95 Q
8 B Amy Acuff   United States (USA) o o o xxo xo 1.95 Q, SB
9 B Yelena Slesarenko   Russia (RUS) - o o xxo xxo 1.95 Q
10 A Meike Kröger   Germany (GER) o o o o xxx 1.92 q
11 A Svetlana Shkolina   Russia (RUS) o o o xo xxx 1.92 q
11 A Melanie Melfort   France (FRA) o o o xo xxx 1.92 q
13 A Marina Aitova   Kazakhstan (KAZ) o o xo xo xxx 1.92
13 B Adonía Steryíou   Greece (GRE) xo o o xo xxx 1.92 SB
15 B Venelina Veneva   Bulgaria (BUL) o xo o xxo xxx 1.92
16 B Kamila Stepaniuk   Poland (POL) o o xxo xxo xxx 1.92
17 A Anna Iljuštšenko   Estonia (EST) o o o xxx 1.89
17 A Vita Palamar   Ukraine (UKR) - o o xxx 1.89
17 A Sharon Day   United States (USA) o o o xxx 1.89
17 B Petrina Price   Australia (AUS) o o o xxx 1.89
21 A Iva Straková   Czech Republic (CZE) o o xo xxx 1.89
21 A Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan (UZB) o o xo xxx 1.89
21 B Hanna Grobler   Finland (FIN) o o xo xxx 1.89
24 A Levern Spencer   Saint Lucia (LCA) - o xxo xxx 1.89
24 B Nadiya Dusanova   Uzbekistan (UZB) o o xxo xxx 1.89
26 A Noengrothai Chaipetch   Thailand (THA) xxo o xxo xxx 1.89 SB
27 B Doreen Amata   Nigeria (NGR) o o xxx 1.85
28 A Caterine Ibargüen   Colombia (COL) o xo xxx 1.85
28 B Stine Kufaas   Norway (NOR) o xo xxx 1.85
30 B Yekaterina Yevseyeva   Kazakhstan (KAZ) xo xo xxx 1.85
31 A Deirdre Ryan   Ireland (IRL) o xxo xxx 1.85
32 A Romary Rifka   Mexico (MEX) o xxx 1.80
B Bui Thi Nhung   Vietnam (VIE) xxx NM

Key: Q = qualification by place in heat, q = qualification by overall place, SB = Seasonal best


Rank Name Nationality 1.87 1.92 1.96 1.99 2.02 2.04 2.06 2.10 Result Notes
  Blanka Vlašić   Croatia (CRO) o o o o xo xo xxx 2.04
DSQ[8] Anna Chicherova   Russia (RUS) o o xo o o xxx 2.02 SB
  Ariane Friedrich   Germany (GER) o o xxo xx- x 2.02
  Antonietta Di Martino   Italy (ITA) o o xo xo xxx 1.99
4 Ruth Beitia   Spain (ESP) o o o xxo xxx 1.99
5 Svetlana Shkolina   Russia (RUS) o o o xxx 1.96
6 Emma Green   Sweden (SWE) o o xo xxx 1.96 SB
7 Chaunte Howard   United States (USA) o o xo xxx 1.96
8 Melanie Melfort   France (FRA) xo o xxx 1.92
9 Yelena Slesarenko   Russia (RUS) o xxo xxx 1.92
10 Meike Kröger   Germany (GER) o xxx 1.87
11 Amy Acuff   United States (USA) xxo xxx 1.87


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