Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump
|Women's high jump|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||35 from 28 nations|
In the qualifying round, only four athletes attempted the automatic qualifying height of 1.96, the clearance necessary for Svetlana Radzivil to advance beyond two misses at 1.93 and while failing, Irina Gordeeva needed to cover her chances in case Ariane Friedrich or Antonia Stergiou had cleared it.
In the final, it was down to four athletes at 2 metres, in the process losing defending champion Tia Hellebaut and reigning indoor champion Chaunte Lowe. Ruth Beitia was clean at 2.00 with one earlier miss, but she could go no further. Brigetta Barrett was getting into a habit of clearing heights on her second attempt. But she also cleared 2.03 on her second attempt, while Svetlana Shkolina cleared on her third, putting Barrett in silver medal position and Shkolina in the bronze position. The leader was reigning world champion Anna Chicherova, clean through 2.03, which would have been enough for the gold medal. But the competition went on, all three attempting 2.05. Chicherova cleared on her second attempt while Barrett and Shkolina missed three times to settle the medals for sure.
Seven years after the competition, on 1 February 2019, Svetlana Shkolina was among twelve Russian track and field athletes found guilty of doping during the 2012 Summer Olympics, and was stripped of her bronze medal.
The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. Athletes start with a qualifying round. Jumping in turn, each athlete attempts to achieve the qualifying height. If they fail at three jumps in a row, they are eliminated. After a successful jump, they receive three more attempts to achieve the next height. Once all jumps have been completed, all athletes who have achieved the qualifying height go through to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes achieve the qualifying standard, the best 12 athletes go through. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same format until all athletes fail three consecutive jumps.
|Thursday, 9 August 2012||09:30||Qualifications|
|Saturday, 11 August 2012||19:00||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)||2.09 m||Rome, Italy||30 August 1987|
|Olympic record||Yelena Slesarenko (RUS)||2.06 m||Athens, Greece||28 August 2004|
|2012 World leading||Anna Chicherova (RUS)||2.03 m||Cheboksary, Russia||4 July 2012|
|Broken records during the 2012 Summer Olympics|
|2012 World leading||Anna Chicherova (RUS)||2.05 m||London, United Kingdom||11 August 2012|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 1.96m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Svetlana Radzivil||Uzbekistan||o||o||o||o||xxo||o||1.96||Q, SB|
|A||Emma Green Tregaro||Sweden||-||-||o||o||o||-||1.93||q, SB|
|B||Chaunté Lowe||United States||-||o||o||o||o||-||1.93||q|
|A||Melanie Melfort||France||o||o||o||o||o||-||1.93||q, =SB|
|9||A||Burcu Ayhan||Turkey||o||o||-||xo||o||-||1.93||q, SB|
|10||A||Brigetta Barrett||United States||o||o||o||o||xo||-||1.93||q|
|19||B||Levern Spencer||Saint Lucia||-||o||xo||xxo||xxx||1.90|
|20||B||Amy Acuff||United States||o||o||o||xxx||1.85|
|A||Dương Thị Việt Anh||Vietnam||-||o||xxx||1.80|
|A||Oldřiška Marešová||Czech Republic||o||o||xxx||1.80|
r = retired from competition
|Brigetta Barrett||United States||o||o||xo||xo||xo||xxx||2.03||PB|
|6||Chaunté Lowe||United States||o||o||xo||xxx||1.97|
|8||Emma Green Tregaro||Sweden||xo||o||xxx||1.93||=SB|
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