Rules and Regulations
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has authorized the International Association of Athletics Federations or the IAAF for framing rules for the high jump event in Olympics. Some basic rules formulated by the IAAF for the high jump for women in Olympics are as given.
- Jump of the athletes is measured perpendicularly from the ground.
- Fiber glass is used to make the crossbar. Its weight is specified by the IAAF.
- An athlete faces disqualification if he misses in all the three attempts allowed to clear any height.
- Height of the horizontal bar at the initial stage is determined by the IAAF.
- The horizontal bar is raised to the minimum height of two centimeter at every stage.
- If the bar is misplaced during a jump, the athlete concerned is disqualified.
- The runaway of the athletes should not be less than 15 meters.
- The length and width area of the high jump event is determined by the IAAF.
For succeeding in the event, the athlete must possess the attributes of speed, fitness and agility. The three attributes combined make the athlete worthy of winning medals in the games.
Some top performers at the event of high jump in Olympics are Heike Henkel, Tamara Bykova, Yelena Slesarenko, Hestrie Cloete, Kajsa Bergqvist, Esther Brand, Alice Coachman, Ibolya Csak, Jean Shiley, Lyudmila Andonova, Stefka Kostadinova, Venelina Veneva, Silvia Costa, Inha Babakova, Ulrike Meyfarth, Sara Simeoni, Rosemarie Ackermann, Miloslava Rezkova, Iolanda Balas, Mildred McDaniel, Marina Kuptsova, Monica Iagar, Anna Chicherova, Alina Astafei, Blanka Vlasic, Yelena Yelesina, and Louise Ritter. No single country has been dominating in high jump for women in Olympics.