|Born||February 28, 1982|
Volgograd, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||1.79 m (5 ft 10+1⁄2 in)|
|Weight||54 kg (119 lb)|
|Achievements and titles|
|Olympic finals||1st (Athens, 2004)|
|Highest world ranking||1st (Budapest, 2004)|
|Personal best(s)||High jump (outdoor):|
2.06 m (2004)
High jump (indoor):
2.04 m (2004)
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.
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. 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.
- List of doping cases in athletics
- List of Olympic medalists in athletics (women)
- List of 2004 Summer Olympics medal winners
- List of IAAF World Indoor Championships medalists (women)
- List of high jump national champions (women)
- List of Russian sportspeople
- List of people from Volgograd
- Doping at the Olympic Games
- High jump at the Olympics
- "IAAF: Elena Slesarenko - Profile". IAAF.
- "Slesarenko wins high jump". BBC Sport. BBC News. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- "Athletics Women's High Jump Results – The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games".
- "IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
- "IAAF: 2004 Olympic high jump champion Slesarenko retires- News - iaaf.org". IAAF. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
| Women's High Jump Best Year Performance