Mariya Aleksandrovna Lasitskene (Russian: Мария Александровна Ласицкене; née Kuchina Russian: Кучина; born 14 January 1993) is a Russian track and field athlete who specialises in the high jump. She won the gold medal at the 2015 and 2017 World Championships.
Mariya Lasitskene in FBK Games, 2017
|Born||14 January 1993|
Prokhladny, Kabardino-Balkaria, Russia
|Height||180 cm (5 ft 11 in)|
|Weight||57 kg (126 lb)|
/ ANA (2017–19)
|Sport||Track and field|
|Achievements and titles|
|Personal best(s)||2.06 m (2017, 2019)|
Lasitskene won her first international medal at the 2009 World Youth Championships in Athletics, where she cleared a personal best of 1.85 m to take the silver medal behind Italian Alessia Trost. She was also the silver medallist at the 2009 European Youth Olympic Festival and 2009 Gymnasiade.
She started her 2011 season with a major scalp in the form of Yelena Slesarenko, who she defeated with an indoor best jump of 1.90 m. A greater effort soon followed on the Moravia High Jump Tour meet in Třinec, as she cleared 1.97 m to claim the world junior indoor best which Desislava Aleksandrova had held since 1994.
Lasitskene has also won an ex-aequo gold medal at the 2014 World Indoor Championships and a silver at the 2014 European Championships. At the 2015 European Indoor Championships she won gold as she did later at the 2015 World Championships with a personal best of 2.01 m.
Following her world championships win, she was considered a favorite to win the Olympic title at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. However, she was barred from competing when the CAS upheld their decision to ban the Russian Track and Field Federation from the Games for systematic doping. At a domestic competition she jumped a height of 2.00 m—a height that would've easily won gold in Rio. In April 2017, her application to compete as a neutral athlete until Russia is reinstated was accepted; this allows Lasitskene to resume competition despite the Federation's ban. Her first competition back was the third Diamond League in the series at Eugene. She won the women's high jump with a personal best and world leading height of 2.03 m.
She improved to 2.04 m on 11 June 2017 in Hengelo. On 6 July 2017 she set a new personal best at the Diamond League in Lausanne with a height of 2.06 m, a Diamond League record. She followed up her strong performances in the Diamond League competitions by defending her world title later in London on 12 August 2017 with a height of 2.03 m.
|High jump (outdoor)||2.06 m (6 ft 9 in)||Lausanne||6 July 2017|
|High jump (indoor)||2.04 m (6 ft 8 1⁄4 in)||Volgograd||27 January 2018|
Winning streak (45)Edit
From 1 July 2016 to 30 June 2018 Lasitskene won 45 tournaments in a row. On 13 July 2018, the streak breaking was interrupted in Rabat, one of the IAAF Diamond League meetings, where she claimed bronze.
- V All-Russian Summer Universiade – Smolensk, Russia (1.90 m)
- Russian Cup – Zhukovsky, Russia (2.00 m)
- Stars of 2016 – Moscow, Russia (1.88 m)
- Y. Lukashevich and V. Seredkin Memorial – Chelyabinsk, Russia (1.94 m, indoors)
- N. G. Ozolin and V. M. Dyachkov Memorial – Moscow, Russia (2.00 m, indoors)
- Governor Cup – Volgograd, Russia (1.95 m, indoors)
- Russian Winter Meeting – Moscow, Russia (1.91 m, indoors)
- Merited Master of the USSR V. I. Alekseev Memorial – Saint Petersburg, Russia (1.96 m, indoors)
- 2017 Russian Indoor Athletics Championships – Moscow, Russia (2.03 m, indoors)
- Prefontaine Classic – Eugene, USA (2.03 m)
- 12th Opole Festival of Jumpers – Opole, Poland (2.00 m)
- Golden Gala Pietro Mennea – Rome, Italy (2.00)
- FBK Games – Hengelo, Netherlands (2.04 m)
- Paavo Nurmi Games – Turku, Finland (1.95 m)
- V. M. Evstratov Memorial – Zhukovsky, Russia (1.97 m)
- Bauhaus-Galan – Stockholm, Sweden (2.00 m)
- Moscow Oblast Championships – Zhukovsky, Russia (2.00 m)
- Brothers Znamensky Memorial – Zhukovsky, Russia (1.95 m)
- Athletissima – Lausanne, Switzerland (2.06 m)
- Anniversary Games – London, Great Britain (2.00 m)
- Russian Cup – Yerino, Russia (2.01 m)
- Atletica Mondiale – Padova, Italy (2.00 m)
- Herculis – Monaco (2.05 m)
- 2017 Russian Athletics Championships – Zhukovsky, Russia (1.96 m)
- 2017 World Athletics Championships – London, Great Britain (2.03 m)
- Kamila Skolimowska Memorial – Warsaw, Poland (1.95 m)
- Memorial Van Damme – Brussels, Belgium (2.02 m)
- Christmas Starts – Minsk, Belarus (2.00 m, indoors)
- Y. Lukashevich and V. Seredkin Memorial – Chelyabinsk, Russia (1.95 m, indoors)
- N. G. Ozolin and V. M. Dyachkov Memorial – Moscow, Russia (2.01 m, indoors)
- Battle of the Sexes – Moscow, Russia (1.99 m, indoors)
- Stalingrad Cup – Volgograd, Russia (2.04 m, indoors)
- Banskobystricka latka – Banska Bystrica, Slovakia (2.02 m, indoors)
- Madrid Indoor – Madrid, Spain (2.00 m, indoors)
- 2018 Russian Indoor Athletics Championships – Moscow, Russia (1.88 m, indoors)
- Copernicus Cup – Torun, Poland (2.00 m, indoors)
- Muller Indoor Grand Prix Glasgow – Glasgow, Scotland (1.95 m, indoors)
- 2018 World Indoor Athletics Championships – Birmingham, Great Britain (2.01 m, indoors)
- Shanghai Golden Grand Prix – Shanghai, China (1.97 m)
- Golden Gala Pietro Mennea – Rome, Italy (2.02 m)
- FBK Games – Hengelo, Netherlands (2.03 m)
- Bauhaus-Galan – Stockholm, Sweden (2.00 m)
- Opole Festival of Jumpers – Opole, Poland (1.94 m)
- V. M. Evstratov Memorial – Zhukovsky, Russia (2.01 m)
- Meeting de Paris – Paris, France (2.04 m)
- "Mariya KUCHINA". european-athletics.org. European Athletics Association. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- "KUCHINA Maria". universiade2013.sportresult.com. Kazan2013.ru. Retrieved 19 September 2015.
- 2009 World Youth Championships – High Jump – W Final Archived 23 July 2009 at the Wayback Machine. IAAF. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- European Youth Olympic Festival 2009 Archived 31 August 2013 at the Wayback Machine. WJAH. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- Qatar Embraces Gold in Doha 2009 Gymnasiade Archived 14 April 2011 at the Wayback Machine. Qatar Athletic Association (10 December 2009). Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- "2010 Summer Youth Olympics – Girls high jump results (final)" (PDF). Atos Origin. Archived from the original (PDF) on 1 December 2010. Retrieved 27 January 2011. Cite uses deprecated parameter
- Nickolai Dolgopolov and Rostislav Orlov (23 January 2011). Kuchina foils Slesarenko’s comeback in Volgograd. IAAF. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- Juck Alfons & Ramsak, Bob (27 January 2011). Kuchina clears 1.97 m World junior best in Trinec. IAAF. Retrieved 28 January 2011.
- Statistics, 30 June 2018
|Awards and achievements|
| Women's European Athletics Rising Star of the Year
| Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
(tied with Anna Chicherova and Ruth Beitia)