Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump
|Women's high jump|
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
|Venue||Beijing National Stadium|
|Dates||21 August 2008 (qualification)|
23 August 2008 (final)
|Competitors||31 from 24 nations|
The qualifying standards were 1.95 m (A standard) and 1.91 m (B standard).
The field was narrowed to four athletes by 2.01m. Blanka Vlašić was in the driver's seat, with a perfect round. Vlašić remained in gold medal position by continuing her perfect round to 2.03m. Anna Chicherova moved into silver position with a first attempt clearance as well. Tia Hellebaut took two attempts to get over the height and was in bronze position. Yelena Slesarenko couldn't get over the height and finished in fourth. After Vlašić missed for the first time in the competition Hellebaut's fortunes reversed with a first attempt clearance of 2.05 m (6 ft 8 1⁄2 in), leapfrogging her into the lead. Vlašić cleared on her second attempt, while Chicherova ended her competition with three straight misses. The bar was moved up to an Olympic record 2.07m, just 2cm below the world record. Neither competitor could get over 2.07m.
Eight years after the competition, samples taken after the event were retested. Chicherova tested positive for dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol). The fourth- and fifth-place finishers, Yelena Slesarenko and Vita Palamar also tested positive in the 2016 re-tests. All three were disqualified from the Olympics, and their results were struck from the record. Medals of other athletes have been reallocated by IAAF.
Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)||2.09||Rome, Italy||30 August 1987|
|Olympic record||Yelena Slesarenko (RUS)||2.06||Athens, Greece||28 August 2004|
No new world or Olympic records were set for this event.
Qualification criteria: 1.96 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.
|5||B||Antonietta Di Martino||Italy||xo||o||o||o||1.93||q|
|7||B||Iva Straková||Czech Republic||o||o||xxo||o||1.93||q|
|8||B||Chaunté Howard||United States||o||o||o||xo||1.93||q|
|12||A||Romana Dubnová||Czech Republic||o||xo||o||xxo||1.93||q|
|16||A||Amy Acuff||United States||o||o||xo||xxx||1.89|
|21||A||Sharon Day||United States||xo||o||xxx||1.85|
|24||B||Levern Spencer||Saint Lucia||-||xo||xxx||1.85|
|DQ (8th)||A||Vita Palamar||Ukraine||-||o||o||xo||q|
|DQ (12th)||A||Anna Chicherova||Russia||o||o||xo||xo||q|
|DQ (14th)||B||Yelena Slesarenko||Russia||o||o||xo||xxo||q|
NM - No Mark
|Chaunté Howard||United States||o||o||xo||xo||xxo||xxx||1.99||SB|
|7||Antonietta Di Martino||Italy||o||o||o||xxx||1.93|
|9||Iva Straková||Czech Republic||o||o||xxo||xxx||1.93|
|12||Romana Dubnová||Czech Republic||o||xo||x-||1.89|
|DQ (3rd)||Anna Chicherova||Russia||o||o||o||xo||xxo||o||o||xxx|
|DQ (4th)||Yelena Slesarenko||Russia||o||o||xo||xo||xo||xo||xxx|
|DQ (5th)||Vita Palamar||Ukraine||o||o||o||xo||xo||xx-||x|
NR = National Record / PB = Personal Best / SB = Season Best
- Chicherova was officially stripped of her 2008 bronze medal on 6 October 2016, by the IOC following a positive test for Turinobol.
- Ruiz, Rebecca R. (November 21, 2016). "Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium". New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
- "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- "Entry Standards - The XXIX Olympic Games - Beijing, China - 8/24 August 2008". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
- "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
- IAAF.org. The XXIX Olympic Games. High Jump women.