Ruth Beitia Vila (Spanish pronunciation: [rut ˈβeitja]; born 1 April 1979) is a retired high jumper who is currently the reigning Olympic champion in the women's high jump. She was also a politician in the Partido Popular and a member of the Parliament of Cantabria.
|Full name||Ruth Beitia Vila|
|Born||1 April 1979|
|Height||1.92 m (6 ft 3 1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||71 kg (157 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Leader of the Opposition in the Parliament of Cantabria|
|Assumed office |
7 January 2019
|Preceded by||María José Sáenz de Buruaga|
|Member of the Parliament of Cantabria|
|Assumed office |
Ruth Beitia Vila
1 April 1979
Santander, Cantabria, Spain
|Political party||People's Party of Cantabria|
|Occupation||Athlete, physical education teacher|
Beitia first broke the Spanish record in 1998, jumping 1.89 m. She raised the record progressively up to 2.02 m, the current Spanish record, which she achieved on 4 August 2007. She is the first, and thus far, only Spanish woman to have jumped higher than two metres.
Beitia's first senior international appearance was at the 2002 European Athletics Championships in Munich, where she finished 11th. At the 2003 World Championships in Paris, she also finished 11th. At the 2004 Athens Olympics she failed to reach the finals. In 2005, she won the silver medal at the 2005 European Indoor Championships in Madrid but at the world championships at Helsinki 2005 she failed to reach the finals. In 2006, she won the bronze medal at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Moscow.
In 2009, she won the silver medal at the 2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Turin. At the 2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin, she placed fifth. In 2012, she won the gold medal at the European Championships in Helsinki and at the 2012 London Olympics she was fourth, after which she retired from competition.
After a few months, disappointed by her failure to win an olympic medal, Beitia came back from retirement. She won the gold medal at the 2013 European Athletics Indoor Championships in Gothenburg. Then she would become European champion twice more, in 2014 at Zürich and in 2016 at Amsterdam. Finally, she won gold at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games, with a height of 1.97m. This was the lowest winning height at the Olympics since the 1980 Summer Olympic Games, when Italian Sara Simeoni also cleared 1.97m.
Olympic results Edit
|2004 Athens||High jump||16|
|2008 Beijing||High jump||4|
|2012 London||High jump||4|
|2016 Rio de Janeiro||High jump||1|
|Outdoor||High Jump||2.02 m||San Sebastián, Spain||4 August 2007|
|Indoor||High Jump||2.01 m||Pireás, Greece||24 February 2007|
In 2011, she was ninth on the closed list of the PP for the election to the Parliament of Cantabria; the PP won 20 seats and she was duly elected. During her first term, she was named First Parliamentary Secretary, presiding over committee meetings and other gatherings of leading parliamentary officials.
In January 2019, the PP announced her advance on the list for the 2019 election to first place, thus becoming the party's candidate for President of Cantabria. Nevertheless, a few days after Beitia stepped down and informed Casado of her decision to "leave politics due to strictly personal and family reasons".
- "Rio Olympics 2016: Ruth Beitia wins high jump gold for Spain aged 37". BBC Sport. Retrieved 21 August 2016.
- "Ruth Beitia Fair Play Award". IAAF.org. Retrieved 14 August 2017.
- "Celebrated Spanish high jumper Ruth Beitia retires". Marca. 18 October 2017.
- Ruth Beitia at IAAF
- "Pablo Casado ficha a Ruth Beitia para el PP". Sport (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 January 2019.
- "Ruth Beitia será la candidata del PP a la presidencia de Cantabria". El País (in Spanish). 11 January 2019.
- Pan-Montojo, Nicolás (23 January 2019). "Ruth Beitia renuncia a ser la candidata del PP en Cantabria". El País (in Spanish).