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Athletics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

The women's high jump at the 2008 Olympic Games took place on 21–23 August at the Beijing Olympic Stadium.[3]

Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXIX Olympiad
VenueBeijing National Stadium
Dates21 August 2008 (qualification)
23 August 2008 (final)
Competitors31 from 24 nations
Winning distance2.05
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Tia Hellebaut  Belgium
2nd, silver medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Chaunté Howard[1][2]  United States
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SummaryEdit

The qualifying standards were 1.95 m (A standard) and 1.91 m (B standard).[4]

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 12 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.[5] Medals of other athletes have been reallocated by IAAF.[6]

RecordsEdit

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.

ResultsEdit

Qualifying roundEdit

Qualification criteria: 1.96 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.93 Result Notes
1 B Marina Aitova   Kazakhstan o o o o 1.93 q
1 B Ruth Beitia   Spain o o o o 1.93 q
1 A Tia Hellebaut   Belgium - o o o 1.93 q
1 B Vita Styopina   Ukraine o o o o 1.93 q
5 B Antonietta Di Martino   Italy xo o o o 1.93 q
5 A Ariane Friedrich   Germany - o xo 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
8 A Svetlana Shkolina   Russia o o o xo 1.93 q
8 B Blanka Vlašić   Croatia o o o xo 1.93 q
11 B Emma Green   Sweden o o o xxo 1.93 q
12 A Romana Dubnová   Czech Republic o xo o xxo 1.93 q
13 A Doreen Amata   Nigeria o o o xxx 1.89
13 B Melanie Skotnik   France o o o xxx 1.89
15 A Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan o xo o xxx 1.89
16 A Amy Acuff   United States o o xo xxx 1.89
16 B Nicole Forrester   Canada o o xo xxx 1.89
18 B Anna Iljustsenko   Estonia o xxo xo xxx 1.89
19 A Xingjuan Zheng   China xo o xxo xxx 1.89
20 A Karina Vnukova   Lithuania o o xxx 1.85
21 A Sharon Day   United States xo o xxx 1.85
22 A Antonia Stergiou   Greece xo o xxx 1.85
23 B Nadiya Dusanova   Uzbekistan xxo o xxx 1.85
24 B Levern Spencer   Saint Lucia - xo xxx 1.85
25 A Yekaterina Yevseyeva   Kazakhstan o xxo xxx 1.85
26 A Noeng-Ruthai Chaipech   Thailand o xxx 1.80
26 A Inna Gliznuta   Moldova o xxx 1.80
B Tatiana Efimenko   Kyrgyzstan xxx NM
B Romary Rifka   Mexico xxx NM
DQ (8th) A Vita Palamar   Ukraine - o o xo 1.93 q
DQ (12th) A Anna Chicherova   Russia o o xo xo 1.93 q
DQ (14th) B Yelena Slesarenko   Russia o o xo xxo 1.93 q

NM - No Mark

FinalEdit

Rank Name Nationality 1.85 1.89 1.93 1.96 1.99 2.01 2.03 2.05 2.07 Height Notes
  Tia Hellebaut   Belgium o o o o xo xo xo o x-- 2.05 NR
  Blanka Vlašić   Croatia o o o o o o o xo xxx 2.05
  Chaunté Howard   United States o o xo xo xxo xxx 1.99 SB
4 Ariane Friedrich   Germany o - o o xxx 1.96
4 Ruth Beitia   Spain o o o o xxx 1.96
6 Emma Green   Sweden o o o xxo xxx 1.96 SB
7 Marina Aitova   Kazakhstan o o o xxx 1.93
7 Antonietta Di Martino   Italy o o o xxx 1.93
9 Iva Straková   Czech Republic o o xxo xxx 1.93
9 Vita Styopina   Ukraine o o xxo xxx 1.93
11 Svetlana Shkolina   Russia o xo xxo xxx 1.93
12 Romana Dubnová   Czech Republic o xo x- 1.89
DQ (3rd)[1] Anna Chicherova   Russia o o o xo xxo o o xxx 2.03
DQ (4th)[5] Yelena Slesarenko   Russia o o xo xo xo xo xxx 2.01
DQ (5th)[5] Vita Palamar   Ukraine o o o xo xo xx- x 1.99

NR = National Record / PB = Personal Best / SB = Season Best

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Chicherova was officially stripped of her 2008 bronze medal on 6 October 2016, by the IOC following a positive test for Turinobol.
  2. ^ Ruiz, Rebecca R. (November 21, 2016). "Olympics History Rewritten: New Doping Tests Topple the Podium". New York Times. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  3. ^ "Olympic Athletics Competition Schedule". IAAF. Archived from the original on 13 September 2008. Retrieved 2008-08-04.
  4. ^ "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.
  5. ^ a b c "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  6. ^ IAAF.org. The XXIX Olympic Games. High Jump women.