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Melanie Skotnik (formerly Melfort; born 8 November 1982 in Hersbruck, West Germany) is a French-German high jumper. She holds both German and French citizenship through her parentage and represented Germany until 2004. She retired in June 2016.

Melanie Melfort
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Melanie Melfort
Personal information
Birth nameMelanie Skotnik
NationalityFrench and German
Born (1982-11-08) 8 November 1982 (age 36)
Hersbruck, West Germany
Height1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Weight59 kg (130 lb)
Country France
Event(s)High jump
Achievements and titles
World finalsbest result: 7th at the 2007 World Championships in Athletics
National finals1st at the 2003 German Athletics Championships; 1st at several French Athletics Championships
Olympic finalsbest result: 9th at the 2012 Summer Olympics
Personal best(s)High jump (outdoor):
1.96 m (2007; =NR)
High jump (indoor):
1.97 m (2003, 2007)[1]

Skotnik finished in seventh position and ninth position respectively in the finals of the 2007 World Championships and 2009 World Championships. She was eliminated in the qualification rounds of the 2005 and 2011 World Championships.

At her first Olympics - the 2008 Summer Olympics, Skotnik fell 4 cm short of reaching the final after clearing 1.89 metres to finish joint 16th place in the qualification round. At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she reached the final and finished in 9th place at 1.93m.

Skotnik's outdoor personal best jump is 1.96m, achieved on 11 August 2007 in Castres, which tied her with the French national outdoor record first set by Maryse Éwanjé-Épée on July 21, 1985. She has won several French Athletics Championships (outdoor and indoor) titles. However, she still competes in the German national championships as a member of LG Domspitzmilch Regensburg, but represents France internationally.[2] Skotnik also holds the French national indoor record of 1.97m, achieved in Aubière on 18 February 2007 and in Dortmund in February 2003[3]

Skotnik married a French sprinter, Jimmy Melfort, in July 2009. She reverted to her maiden name in 2013, announcing that she was in the process of divorcing Jimmy Melfort, who had been her coach since 2005. [4]

Results in international competitionsEdit


  1. ^ Melanie Melfort's profile at the IAAF site
  2. ^ Fuchs, Christian (14 June 2006). "Melanie Skotnik wird eine Regensburgerin". Deutscher Leichtathletik-Verband (in German). Retrieved 3 June 2009.
  3. ^ IAAF indoor profile for Melanie Skotnik
  4. ^ "Une nouvelle vie" (in French). 2013-08-30. Retrieved 2014-01-26.

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