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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

The Women's high jump competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom. The event was held at the Olympic Stadium on 9–11 August.[1]

Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date9–11 August
Competitors35 from 28 nations
Winning height2.05
1st, gold medalist(s) Anna Chicherova  Russia
2nd, silver medalist(s) Brigetta Barrett  United States
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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.[2]

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.[3]


Competition formatEdit

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.[4]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 9 August 2012 09:30 Qualifications
Saturday, 11 August 2012 19:00 Finals


Prior to the competition, 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).

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.75 1.80 1.85 1.90 1.93 1.96 Result Note[5]
1 B Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan o o o o xxo o 1.96 Q, SB
2 A Ruth Beitia   Spain - - o o o - 1.93 q
A Anna Chicherova   Russia - - o o o - 1.93 q
A Emma Green Tregaro   Sweden - - o o o - 1.93 q, SB
B Tia Hellebaut   Belgium - - o o o - 1.93 q
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
B Svetlana Shkolina   Russia - - o o o - 1.93 q
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
B Irina Gordeeva   Russia - o o o xo xx- 1.93 q
A Airinė Palšytė   Lithuania o o o o xo - 1.93 q
13 B Antonia Stergiou   Greece o xo o xxo xo xxx 1.93 SB
14 A Ariane Friedrich   Germany - - o o xxo xxx 1.93 SB
15 A Olena Kholosha   Ukraine - o o o xxx 1.90
B Anna Iljuštšenko   Estonia - o o o xxx 1.90
17 B Doreen Amata   Nigeria - o x- o xxx 1.90 SB
18 A Zheng Xingjuan   China - o o xxo xxx 1.90
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 Nadiya Dusanova   Uzbekistan - o o xxx 1.85
B Ebba Jungmark   Sweden - o o xxx 1.85
B Lissa Labiche   Seychelles o o o xxx 1.85
B Lesyani Mayor   Cuba o o o xxx 1.85
A Esthera Petre   Romania o o o xxx 1.85
B Venelina Veneva-Mateeva   Bulgaria - o o xxx 1.85
27 A Deirdre Ryan   Ireland - o xo xxx 1.85
28 A Tonje Angelsen   Norway - o xxo xxx 1.85
29 A Wanida Boonwan   Thailand o o xxx 1.80
A Dương Thị Việt Anh   Vietnam - o xxx 1.80
B Sahana Kumari   India - o xxx 1.80
A Oldřiška Marešová   Czech Republic o o xxx 1.80
B Ana Šimić   Croatia - o xxx 1.80
34 B Vita Styopina   Ukraine xo xo xxx 1.80
N/A B Marina Aitova   Kazakhstan xxx N/A NM

r = retired from competition


Rank Name Nationality 1.89 1.93 1.97 2.00 2.03 2.05 Result Note
  Anna Chicherova   Russia o o o o o xo 2.05 WL
  Brigetta Barrett   United States o o xo xo xo xxx 2.03 PB
DSQ Svetlana Shkolina   Russia o o o o xxo xxx 2.03 PB
4 Ruth Beitia   Spain o o xo o xxx 2.00 =SB
5 Tia Hellebaut   Belgium o xxo o xxx 1.97 =SB
6 Chaunté Lowe   United States o o xo xxx 1.97
7 Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan o xxo xxo xxx 1.97 SB
8 Emma Green Tregaro   Sweden xo o xxx 1.93 =SB
9 Melanie Melfort   France o xo xxx 1.93 =SB
10 Irina Gordeeva   Russia o xxo xxx 1.93
11 Airinė Palšytė   Lithuania o xxx 1.89
12 Burcu Ayhan   Turkey xxo xxx 1.89


  1. ^ "Athletics - Summer Olympic Sport". 26 May 2016. Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  2. ^ "IAAF: The XXX Olympic Games Olympic Games". Retrieved 17 June 2016.
  4. ^ "Women's High Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 13 June 2012.
  5. ^ "Women's High Jump – Qualification". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 8 August 2012.