Yelena Slesarenko

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 39)
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.[2]

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.[3] 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.[4][5]

Slesarenko retired in 2014 after a successful career,[6] and is currently a director of a winter sports academy in Volgograd, her home city.

International competitionsEdit

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

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "IAAF: Elena Slesarenko - Profile". IAAF.
  2. ^ "Slesarenko wins high jump". BBC Sport. BBC News. 28 August 2004. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Athletics Women's High Jump Results – The official website of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games".
  4. ^ "IOC sanctions Anna Chicherova for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. 6 October 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  5. ^ a b "IOC sanctions 16 athletes for failing anti-doping test at Beijing 2008". IOC. 17 November 2016. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
  6. ^ "IAAF: 2004 Olympic high jump champion Slesarenko retires- News -". IAAF. 9 December 2014. Retrieved 8 October 2019.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Kajsa Bergqvist
Hestrie Cloete
Women's High Jump Best Year Performance
Succeeded by
Kajsa Bergqvist