| Event type

High Jump, Women

Date21 – 23 August 2008
LocationBeijing Guojia Tiyuchang, Beijing Aolinpike Gongyuan, Beijing
Participants32 from 24 countries

One of the heaviest favorites in Beijing among the women was Croatian high jumper Blanka Vlašić. She had won 34 consecutive meets, and was the 2007 World Champion. In 2008 she had won all her Golden League meets. In the final, there were still six jumpers remaining at the lofty height of 2.01 (6-7). Four cleared, including Vlašić, who was perfect to that point, and was leading. She was joined by Russians Anna Chicherova, also with a first-attempt clearance, and Yelena Slesarenko, and well-known Belgian heptathlete Tia Hellebaut. Vlašić and Chicherova were again perfect over 2.03 (6-8), while Hellebaut needed two attempts to clear, and Slesarenko went out. But at 2.05 (6-8¾) Hellebaut sailed over on her first attempt for a PR, after Vlašić had missed once. She succeeded on her second attempt but neither could clear 2.07 (6-9½) and the gold medal was Hellebaut’s, the first for Belgium in athletics since 1964 (Gaston Roelants in the steeplechase). Hellebaut was a rare athlete who competed while wearing glasses.

That was how the event and the results seemed to have ended. In 2015, however, the IOC began re-testing samples from the 2008 Beijing and 2012 London Olympics, using newer, more advanced testing techniques, in an effort to find those who had used performance enhancing drugs (PEDs), but in whom it could not be detected at the time of those Olympics. This was one of the many events affected.

In October 2016 Anna Chicherova (RUS) was revealed to have a positive re-test for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone), and was disqualified, losing her bronze medal. She appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) but that appeal was denied on 6 October 2017.

The original fourth- and fifth-place finishers, Yelena Slesarenko (RUS) and Vita Palamar (UKR), respectively, were also disqualified in November 2016 after positive re-tests for turinabol (dehydrochloromethyltestosterone). In November 2017, the IOC announced that the bronze medal would be re-assigned to American Chaunté Howard-Lowe (as Miss Howard in 2008), who finished only sixth originally.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
11119Tia HellebautBEL1.93 (=1)2.05 (1)Gold
21442Blanka VlašićCRO1.93 (=8)2.05 (2)Silver
33266Chaunté HowardUSA1.93 (=8)1.99 (3)Bronze
=41621Ruth BeitíaESP1.93 (=1)1.96 (=4)
=41895Ariane FriedrichGER1.93 (=5)1.96 (=4)
62950Emma GreenSWE1.93 (11)1.96 (6)
=72233Marina AitovaKAZ1.93 (=1)1.93 (=7)
=72073Antonietta Di MartinoITA1.93 (=5)1.93 (=7)
=91527Iva StrakováCZE1.93 (7)1.93 (=9)
=93130Vita StopinaUKR1.93 (=1)1.93 (=9)
112757Svetlana ShkolinaRUS1.93 (=8)1.93 (11)
121512Romana DubnováCZE1.93 (12)1.89 (12)
=13 r1/22509Doreen AmataNGR1.89 (=13)
=13 r1/21767Melanie SkotnikFRA1.89 (=13)
15 r1/23296Svetlana RadzivilUZB1.89 (15)
=16 r1/23134Amy AcuffUSA1.89 (=16)
=16 r1/21302Nicole ForresterCAN1.89 (=16)
18 r1/21636Anna IljuštšenkoEST1.89 (18)
19 r1/21334Zheng XingjuanCHN1.89 (19)
20 r1/22368Karina VnukovaLTU1.85 (20)
=21 r1/23156Sharon DayUSA1.85 (=21)
=21 r1/21940Antonia StergiouGRE1.85 (=21)
23 r1/23292Nadiya DusanovaUZB1.85 (23)
24 r1/22351Levern SpencerLCA1.85 (24)
25 r1/22232Yekaterina YevseyevaKAZ1.85 (25)
=26 r1/22991Nungruthai ChaipetchTHA1.80 (=26)
=26 r1/22418Inna GliznuțaMDA1.80 (=26)
AC r1/22290Tatyana YefimenkoKGZ– (NH)
AC r1/22445María Romary RifkaMEX– (NH)
DQ2756Anna ChicherovaRUS[1.93] (DQ)[2.03] (DQ)1
DQ2787Yelena SlesarenkoRUS[1.93] (DQ)[2.01] (DQ)2
DQ3096Vita PalamarUKR[1.93] (DQ)[1.99] (DQ)3

Qualifying Round (21 August 2008)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.96 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses
=1Vita StopinaUKR1.9300q
=1Tia HellebautBEL1.9300q
=1Ruth BeitíaESP1.9300q
=1Marina AitovaKAZ1.9300q
=5Ariane FriedrichGER1.9301q
=5Antonietta Di MartinoITA1.9301q
7Iva StrakováCZE1.9302q
=8Blanka VlašićCRO1.9311q
=8Chaunté HowardUSA1.9311q
=8Svetlana ShkolinaRUS1.9311q
11Emma GreenSWE1.9322q
12Romana DubnováCZE1.9323q
=13Doreen AmataNGR1.8900
=13Melanie SkotnikFRA1.8900
15Svetlana RadzivilUZB1.8901
=16Amy AcuffUSA1.8911
=16Nicole ForresterCAN1.8911
18Anna IljuštšenkoEST1.8913
19Zheng XingjuanCHN1.8923
20Karina VnukovaLTU1.8500
=21Sharon DayUSA1.8501
=21Antonia StergiouGRE1.8501
23Nadiya DusanovaUZB1.8502
24Levern SpencerLCA1.8511
25Yekaterina YevseyevaKAZ1.8522
=26Inna GliznuțaMDA1.8000
=26Nungruthai ChaipetchTHA1.8000
NHTatyana YefimenkoKGZ
NHMaría Romary RifkaMEX
DQAnna ChicherovaRUS[1.93][1][2]Q4
DQYelena SlesarenkoRUS[1.93][2][3]Q5
DQVita PalamarUKR[1.93][1][1]Q6

Qualifying Round, Group A (21 August 2008 — 10:50)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.80 m1.85 m1.89 m1.93 m
1Tia HellebautBEL1.9300-ooo
2Ariane FriedrichGER1.9301-oxoo
3Svetlana ShkolinaRUS1.9311oooxo
4Romana DubnováCZE1.9323oxooxxo
5Doreen AmataNGR1.8900oooxxx
6Svetlana RadzivilUZB1.8901oxooxxx
7Amy AcuffUSA1.8911ooxoxxx
8Zheng XingjuanCHN1.8923xooxxoxxx
9Karina VnukovaLTU1.8500ooxxx
=10Sharon DayUSA1.8501xooxxx
=10Antonia StergiouGRE1.8501xooxxx
12Yekaterina YevseyevaKAZ1.8522oxxoxxx
=13Inna GliznuțaMDA1.8000oxxx
=13Nungruthai ChaipetchTHA1.8000oxxx
DQAnna ChicherovaRUS[1.93][1][2][o][o][xo][xo]7
DQVita PalamarUKR[1.93][1][1][-][o][o][xo]8

Qualifying Round, Group B (21 August 2008 — 10:50)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.80 m1.85 m1.89 m1.93 m
=1Vita StopinaUKR1.9300oooo
=1Ruth BeitíaESP1.9300oooo
=1Marina AitovaKAZ1.9300oooo
4Antonietta Di MartinoITA1.9301xoooo
5Iva StrakováCZE1.9302ooxxoo
=6Blanka VlašićCRO1.9311oooxo
=6Chaunté HowardUSA1.9311oooxo
8Emma GreenSWE1.9322oooxxo
9Melanie SkotnikFRA1.8900oooxxx
10Nicole ForresterCAN1.8911ooxoxxx
11Anna IljuštšenkoEST1.8913oxxoxoxxx
12Nadiya DusanovaUZB1.8502xxooxxx
13Levern SpencerLCA1.8511-xoxxx
NHTatyana YefimenkoKGZ
NHMaría Romary RifkaMEX
DQYelena SlesarenkoRUS[1.93][2][3][o][o][xo][xxo]9

Final Round (23 August 2008 — 19:00)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.85 m1.89 m1.93 m1.96 m1.99 m2.01 m2.03 m2.05 m2.07 m
1Tia HellebautBEL2.0503ooooxoxoxoox--
2Blanka VlašićCRO2.0511oooooooxoxxx
3Chaunté HowardUSA1.9924ooxoxoxxoxxx
=4Ruth BeitíaESP1.9600ooooxxx
=4Ariane FriedrichGER1.9600o-ooxxx
6Emma GreenSWE1.9622oooxxoxxx
=7Marina AitovaKAZ1.9300oooxxx
=7Antonietta Di MartinoITA1.9300oooxxx
=9Vita StopinaUKR1.9322ooxxoxxx
=9Iva StrakováCZE1.9322ooxxoxxx
11Svetlana ShkolinaRUS1.9323oxoxxoxxx
12Romana DubnováCZE1.8911oxox--
DQAnna ChicherovaRUS[2.03][0][3][o][o][o][xo][xxo][o][o][xxx]10
DQYelena SlesarenkoRUS[2.01][1][4][o][o][xo][xo][xo][xo][xxx]11
DQVita PalamarUKR[1.99][1][2][o][o][o][xo][xo][xx-][x--]12