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Yelena Vladimirovna Slesarenko, née Sivushenko (Russian: Елена Владимировна Слесаренко, born February 28, 1982 in Volgograd) is a Russian high jumper.

Yelena Slesarenko
Yelena Slesarenko 2007.jpg
Personal information
Nationality Russia
Born (1982-02-28) February 28, 1982 (age 37)
Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)[1]
Weight54 kg (119 lb)[1]
Country Russia
Achievements and titles
Olympic finals1st (Athens, 2004)
Highest world ranking1st (Budapest, 2004)
Personal best(s)High jump (outdoor):
2.06 m (2004)
High jump (indoor):
2.04 m (2004)[1]




Largely unknown before 2004, she kick started the season by clearing 2.04 metres and winning the World Indoor Championships. When the outdoor season started she won the SPAR European Cup with the same result, improving her personal best from 1.97 (achieved in 2002). She continued her good form at the 2004 Summer Olympics, winning the gold medal with a new national and personal record of 2.06 metres, beating the previous Olympic record, set by Stefka Kostadinova in 1996. After clearing 2.06 she made decent attempts at 2.10, which would have been a world record. She rounded off the season by winning the World Athletics Final.


Injuries kept her away from most of the 2005 season, including the 2005 World Championships.


Early in 2006, however, she won the World Indoor Championships with 2.02 metres. She finished fifth in the 2006 European Athletics Championships, failing to clear 2.00 m.



At the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics, Slesarenko finished fourth in the women's high jump with a jump of 2.01 meters, failing to clear 2.03 meters after three tries.[2] However, in 2016 both she and her compatriot, bronze-medalist Anna Chicherova, were disqualified from this event after failing a retest of drug samples from Beijing.[3][4]

Slesarenko retired in 2014 after a successful career,[5] and is currently a director of a winter sports academy in Volgograd, her home city.

International competitionsEdit

Yelena Slesarenko in 2007 .
Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing   Russia
2002 European Indoor Championships Vienna 5th 1.90 m
2003 European U23 Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 2nd 1.96 m SB
Universiade Daegu 3rd 1.94 m
2004 World Indoor Championships Budapest 1st 2.04 m NR
Olympic Games Athens 1st 2.06 m OR
World Athletics Final Monte Carlo 1st 2.01 m
2006 World Indoor Championships Moscow 1st 2.02 m SB
European Championships Gothenburg 5th 1.99 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart 4th 1.94 m
World Cup Athens 1st 1.97 m
2007 World Championships Osaka 4th 2.00 m
World Athletics Final Stuttgart 4th 1.94 m
2008 World Indoor Championships Valencia 2nd 2.02 m
Olympic Games Beijing DSQ (4th) 2.01 m[4]
World Athletics Final Stuttgart 6th 1.94 m
2009 World Championships Berlin 10th 1.92 m
2011 World Championships Daegu 4th 1.97 m =SB
DécaNation Nice 1st 1.95 m
Diamond League 3rd details


  1. ^ a b c "IAAF: Elena Slesarenko - Profile".
  2. ^ "Athletics Women's High Jump Results – The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games".
  3. ^ "IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". 6 October 2016.
  4. ^ a b "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. Retrieved 17 November 2016.
  5. ^ "IAAF: 2004 Olympic high jump champion Slesarenko retires- News -".

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