| Event type

High Jump, Women

Date25 – 26 July 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants20 from 13 countries

The American boycott had little effect on the competition as the best jumpers were the defending champion Rosemarie Ackermann (GDR) and Italy’s Sara Simeoni, the silver medalist in Montréal. Between 1974 and 1977, Ackermann set seven consecutive world records, topped by her performance at the ISTAF Meet in Berlin on 26 August 1977. On that day, she first jumped 1.97 (6-5½) and then became the first woman to jump two metres. But in August 1978, Simeoni broke that record, jumping 2.01 (6-7) twice, the second mark coming when she won the European Championships, defeating Ackermann in the process. These two were the heavy favorites, with Simeoni given a slight edge based on form earlier in 1980. In the final round, seven jumpers were alive after 1.91 metres (6-3¼), but only Simeoni, Urszula Kielan (POL), and Jutta Kirst (GDR) could get over 1.94 (6-4¼). Ackermann, jumping with an injured knee, missed at that height and finished out of the medals in fourth. Only Simeoni could get over 1.97 metres (6-5½), winning the gold medal, with Klein’s first-attempt clearance at 1.94 (6-4¼) bringing her the silver medal, as Kirst had missed once at that height.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
1175Sara SimeoniITA1.88 (=7)1.97 (1)GoldOR
2203Urszula KielanPOL1.88 (=1)1.94 (2)SilverOR
3118Jutta KirstGDR1.88 (=7)1.94 (3)BronzeOR
4106Rosie AckermannGDR1.88 (=1)1.91 (4)
5289Marina SysoyevaURS1.88 (=1)1.91 (5)
=67Chris StantonAUS1.88 (10)1.91 (=6)
=6132Andrea ReichsteinGDR1.88 (12)1.91 (=6)
8219Cornelia PopaROU1.88 (11)1.88 (8)
9263Tamara BykovaURS1.88 (=7)1.88 (9)
10155Andrea MátayHUN1.88 (=1)1.85 (10)
1197Louise MillerGBR1.88 (=5)1.85 (11)
1214Chris SoeteweyBEL1.88 (=5)1.80 (12)
13 r1/2204Elżbieta KrawczukPOL1.85 (13)
14 r1/2198Danuta BułkowskaPOL1.85 (14)
15 r1/2240Susanne LorentzonSWE1.85 (15)
=16 r1/222Yordanka BlagoevaBUL1.80 (=16)
=16 r1/2286Marina SerkovaURS1.80 (=16)
18 r1/2239Ann-Ewa KarlssonSWE1.80 (18)
19 r1/2296Lidija BenedetičYUG1.80 (19)
AC r1/2245Dia ToutingiSYR– (NH)

Qualifying Round (25 July 1980 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.88 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts
=1Rosie AckermannGDR1.88004Q
=1Andrea MátayHUN1.88004Q
=1Urszula KielanPOL1.88004Q
=1Marina SysoyevaURS1.88004Q
=5Chris SoeteweyBEL1.88015Q
=5Louise MillerGBR1.88015Q
=7Jutta KirstGDR1.88115Q
=7Sara SimeoniITA1.88115Q
=7Tamara BykovaURS1.88115Q
10Chris StantonAUS1.88116Q
11Cornelia PopaROU1.88137Q
12Andrea ReichsteinGDR1.88226Q
13Elżbieta KrawczukPOL1.85003
14Danuta BułkowskaPOL1.85004
15Susanne LorentzonSWE1.85115
=16Yordanka BlagoevaBUL1.80002
=16Marina SerkovaURS1.80002
18Ann-Ewa KarlssonSWE1.80014
19Lidija BenedetičYUG1.80113
NHDia ToutingiSYR

Qualifying Round, Group A (25 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts1.70 m1.75 m1.80 m1.85 m1.88 m
=1Rosie AckermannGDR1.88004-oooo
=1Andrea MátayHUN1.88004-oooo
=1Urszula KielanPOL1.88004-oooo
=1Marina SysoyevaURS1.88004-oooo
5Louise MillerGBR1.88015-ooxoo
=6Jutta KirstGDR1.88115-oooxo
=6Sara SimeoniITA1.88115-oooxo
=6Tamara BykovaURS1.88115-oooxo
9Andrea ReichsteinGDR1.88226-oooxxo
10Elżbieta KrawczukPOL1.85003-oooxxx

Qualifying Round, Group B (25 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts1.70 m1.75 m1.80 m1.85 m1.88 m
1Chris SoeteweyBEL1.88015-oxooo
2Chris StantonAUS1.88116ooooxo
3Cornelia PopaROU1.88137-xooxoxo
4Danuta BułkowskaPOL1.85004ooooxxx
5Susanne LorentzonSWE1.85115oooxoxxx
=6Yordanka BlagoevaBUL1.80002-ooxxx
=6Marina SerkovaURS1.80002-ooxxx
8Ann-Ewa KarlssonSWE1.80014oxooxxx
9Lidija BenedetičYUG1.80113-oxoxxx
NHDia ToutingiSYR

Final Round (26 July 1980 — 18:50)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts1.75 m1.80 m1.85 m1.88 m1.91 m1.94 m1.97 m2.02 m
1Sara SimeoniITA1.97116-oo-ooxoxxxOR
2Urszula KielanPOL1.94005-oooooxxxOR
3Jutta KirstGDR1.941410ooxooxxoxoxxxOR
4Rosie AckermannGDR1.91005oooooxxx
5Marina SysoyevaURS1.91115-oooxoxxx
=6Chris StantonAUS1.91116ooooxoxxx
=6Andrea ReichsteinGDR1.91116ooooxoxxx
8Cornelia PopaROU1.88003-oooxxx
9Tamara BykovaURS1.88114-ooxoxxx
10Andrea MátayHUN1.85001--oxxx
11Louise MillerGBR1.85014xoooxxx
12Chris SoeteweyBEL1.80002ooxxx