Olympics
List of all Olympics Women's High Jump winners including gold, silver and bronze medalists.

Women's High Jump

High Jump for Women has been part of the Olympics since the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games. The event has been the integral part of the Olympics athletics schedule thereafter without hiatus.

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.
Technique
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.

Top Performers
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.

Women's High Jump Winners at Olympics

Year
Gold Silver Bronze
1928 Ethel Catherwood
Canada
Lien Gisolf
Netherlands
Mildred Wiley
United States
1932 Jean Shiley
United States
Babe Didrikson
United States
Eva Dawes
Canada
1936 Ibolya Csák
Hungary
Dorothy ODAM
Great Britain
Elfriede Kaun
Germany
1948 Alice Coachman
United States
Dorothy Tyler-Odam
Great Britain
Micheline Ostermeyer
France
1952 Esther Brand
South Africa
Sheila Lerwill
Great Britain
Aleksandra Chudina
Soviet Union
1956 Millie McDaniel
United States
Mariya Pisareva, Thelma Hopkins
Soviet Union, Great Britain

1960 Iolanda Balaş
Romania
Jaroslawa Józwiakowska, Dorothy Shirley
Poland, Great Britain

1964 Iolanda Balas
Romania
Michele Brown
Australia
Taisiya Chenchik
Soviet Union
1968 Miloslava Rezková
Czechoslovakia
Antonina OKOROKOVA
Soviet Union
Valentina Kozyr
Soviet Union
1972 Ulrike Meyfarth
West Germany
Yordanka Blagoeva
Bulgaria
Ilona Gusenbauer
Austria
1976 Rosemarie Ackermann
East Germany
Sara Simeoni
Italy
Yordanka Blagoeva
Bulgaria
1980 Sara Simeoni
Italy
Urszula Kielan
Poland
Jutta Kirst
East Germany
1984 Ulrike Meyfarth
West Germany
Sara Simeoni
Italy
Joni Huntley
United States
1988 Louise Ritter
United States
Stefka Kostadinova
Bulgaria
Tamara Bykova
Soviet Union
1992 Heike Henkel
Germany
Galina Astafei
Romania
Ioamnet Quintero
Cuba
1996 Stefka Kostadinova
Bulgaria
Niki Bakogianni
Greece
Inha Babakova
Ukraine
2000 Yelena Yelesina
Russia
Hestrie Cloete
South Africa
Oana Pantelimon, Kajsa Bergqvist
Romania, Sweden
2004 Yelena Slesarenko
Russia
Hestrie Cloete
South Africa
Vita Styopina
Ukraine
2008 Tia Hellebaut
Belgium
Blanka Vlašic
Croatia
Anna Chicherova
Russia
2012 Anna Chicherova
Russia
Brigetta Barrett
United States
Svetlana Shkolina
Russia
2016 Ruth Beitia
Spain
Mirela Demireva
Bulgaria
Blanka Vlašić
Croatia