Athletics at the 2016 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

The women's high jump event at the 2016 Summer Olympics took place between August 18–20, at the Olympic Stadium.[1]

Women's high jump
at the Games of the XXXI Olympiad
VenueOlympic Stadium
Dates18 August 2016 (qualification)
20 August 2016 (final)
Competitors36 from 27 nations
Winning height1.97 m
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ruth Beitia  Spain
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Mirela Demireva  Bulgaria
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Blanka Vlašić  Croatia
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There were 17 athletes who made the final. The height of 1.93 proved to be the undoing for five of them, even though all of them had cleared 1.94 in qualifying the day earlier. Among the non-qualifiers were World indoor Champion Vashti Cunningham and European silver medalist Airinė Palšytė. Eight more were excised at 1.97 m, leaving the medalists plus one extra. Waving her fingers at the bar before she jumped, 37 year old Ruth Beitia remained perfect to that point. Mirela Demireva was jumping over her previous best but made it on her first attempt as well. She was in second place with one miss earlier in the competition. Blanka Vlašić had one miss at every height, a pattern that put her in third place. And making the bar on her last attempt, world leader Chaunté Lowe was in fourth place. All but Demireva had cleared 2.00 before, Lowe in 2016. Earlier in her career Vlašić made 2.00 routine and was attempting the world record of 2.10 on occasion. None of them could make 2.00 in the final and their earlier positions were confirmed. It was Beitia's first gold medal in World level competition. This was also the first Olympic women's high jump since 1980 where the winning height was below two metres.

Competition formatEdit

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. Athletes started with a qualifying round. Jumping in turn, each athlete attempts to achieve the qualifying height. If they had failed at three jumps in a row, they would have been eliminated. After a successful jump, they received three more attempts to achieve the next height. Once all jumps had been completed, all athletes who had achieved the qualifying height went through to the final. If fewer than 12 athletes had achieved the qualifying standard, the best 12 athletes would have gone through. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same format until all athletes fail three consecutive jumps.


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
2016 World leading   Chaunté Lowe (USA) 2.01 Eugene, Oregon, United States 3 July 2016


All times are Brasilia Time (UTC-3)

Date Time Round
Thursday, 18 August 2016 10:00 Qualifications
Saturday, 20 August 2016 20:30 Finals



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified


Qualification rule: qualification standard 1.94m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality 1.80 1.85 1.89 1.92 1.94 Result Note
1 B Ruth Beitia   Spain o o o o 1.94 Q
A Chaunte Lowe   United States o o o o o 1.94 Q
B Inika McPherson   United States o o o 1.94 Q, SB
B Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan o o o o o 1.94 Q
A Levern Spencer   Saint Lucia o o o o o 1.94 Q
B Blanka Vlašić   Croatia o o o o 1.94 Q
7 B Sofie Skoog   Sweden o o xo o o 1.94 Q, PB
B Alessia Trost   Italy o o xo o o 1.94 Q
9 A Mirela Demireva   Bulgaria o o o xxo o 1.94 Q
B Kamila Lićwinko   Poland o xo xo o 1.94 Q
11 B Airinė Palšytė   Lithuania o o o xo xo 1.94 Q
12 B Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch   Germany o o o xxo xo 1.94 Q
13 A Iryna Gerashchenko   Ukraine o o o o xxo 1.94 Q, SB
14 B Alyxandria Treasure   Canada o o o xo xxo 1.94 Q, PB
15 A Vashti Cunningham   United States o xo xo xxo 1.94 Q
A Morgan Lake   Great Britain o o o xxo xxo 1.94 Q, PB
A Desirée Rossit   Italy o o xxo o xxo 1.94 Q
18 A Michaela Hruba   Czech Republic o o o o xxx 1.92
19 A Yuliya Levchenko   Ukraine o o xo o xxx 1.92
20 A Nadiya Dusanova   Uzbekistan o o xo xo xxx 1.92
21 B Maruša Černjul   Slovenia o o o xxo xxx 1.92
22 B Oksana Okuneva   Ukraine o o o xxx 1.89
A Eleanor Patterson   Australia o o xxx 1.89
A Ana Simic   Croatia o o xxx 1.89
25 B Jeanelle Scheper   Saint Lucia xo o o xxx 1.89
26 B Linda Sandblom   Finland o xo xo xxx 1.89
27 A Doreen Amata   Nigeria o xxo xo xxx 1.89
28 A Priscilla Frederick   Antigua and Barbuda o xxo xxo xxx 1.89
29 A Erika Kinsey   Sweden o o xxx 1.85
B Lissa Labiche   Seychelles o o xxx 1.85
31 A Akela Jones   Barbados o xo xxx 1.85
32 B Tonje Angelsen   Norway xo xxx 1.80
A Leontia Kallenou   Cyprus xo xxx 1.80 SB
A Valentina Liashenko   Georgia xo xxx 1.80
B Barbara Szabó   Hungary xo xxx 1.80
B Nafissatou Thiam   Belgium DNS


Rank Name Nationality 1.88 1.93 1.97 2.00 Result Note
  Ruth Beitia   Spain o o o xxx 1.97
  Mirela Demireva   Bulgaria xo o o xxx 1.97 PB
  Blanka Vlašić   Croatia xo xo xo xxx 1.97 SB
4 Chaunté Lowe   United States o o xxo xxx 1.97
5 Alessia Trost   Italy o o xxx 1.93
6 Levern Spencer   Saint Lucia xo o xxx 1.93
7 Sofie Skoog   Sweden o xo xxx 1.93
Marie-Laurence Jungfleisch   Germany o xo xxx 1.93
9 Kamila Lićwinko   Poland xo xo xxx 1.93
10 Iryna Gerashchenko   Ukraine o xxo xxx 1.93
Morgan Lake   Great Britain o xxo xxx 1.93
Inika McPherson   United States o xxo xxx 1.93
13 Airinė Palšytė   Lithuania o xxx 1.88
Svetlana Radzivil   Uzbekistan o xxx 1.88
Vashti Cunningham   United States o xxx 1.88
16 Desirée Rossit   Italy xo xxx 1.88
17 Alyxandria Treasure   Canada xxo xxx 1.88


  1. ^ "Women's high jump". Rio 2016 Organisation. Archived from the original on 26 August 2016. Retrieved 3 August 2016.