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Inha Babakova (née Butkus, born 26 June 1967) is a former high jumper who represented the Soviet Union and later Ukraine. She was born in Asgabat, Turkmen SSR. Her personal best is 2.05 metres.

Inha Alvidasivna Babakova
Inha Babakova - Signature.jpg
Personal information
Full nameІнга Альвідасівна Бабакова
Nationality Ukraine
Born (1967-06-26) 26 June 1967 (age 52)
Aşgabat, Turkmen SSR, Soviet Union
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Weight60 kg (132 lb)
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High jump
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)High jump (outdoor): 2.05 m
High jump (indoor): 2.00 m

Babakova won an Olympic bronze medal in Atlanta 1996 and became World Champion in Seville 1999. She also won four other World Championship medals, with bronzes in 1991 and 1995 and silvers in 1997 and 2001. Track and Field News magazine ranked her in the world's top ten in their annual merit rankings for 13 out of 14 seasons (1991-2004), the exception being 1998. She was in the top five ten times. Only Stefka Kostadinova, among other female high jumpers, has more top ten rankings. Her 2.01 m clearance in Oslo on her 36th birthday in 2003 is the women's W35 World Record.[1]



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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-01-11. Retrieved 2013-10-30.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
  Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
1994 – 1995
Succeeded by
  Stefka Kostadinova
Preceded by
  Stefka Kostadinova
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
alongside   Stefka Kostadinova

Succeeded by
  Venelina Veneva