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High Jump, Women

Date29 – 30 September 1988
StatusOlympic
LocationOl-lim-pik Ju-gyeong-gi-jang, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Participants24 from 15 countries

By 1988 the dominant high jumper in the world was Bulgaria’s Stefka Kostadinova. She had won the 1986 European Championships and the 1987 World Championships, and had set three world records in 1986-87. The last in August 1987 was 2.09 (6-10¼) metres, a mark which lasted through 2008 as the world record. Also considered was Tamara Bykova (URS), the 1983 World Champion and a three-time world record setter, but she was not expected to beat Kostadinova. Bykova cleared 1.99 metres (6-6¼) on her third attempt but went out at 2.01 (6-7). Only Kostadinova and American Louise Ritter would clear that height, and both were perfect to that point. Neither succeeded at 2.03 metres (6-7¾), so they began a jump-off, returning to 2.03. At that height Ritter went over on her first attempt, Kostadinova missed, and Louise Ritter won a huge upset gold medal. The jump also equaled her American record.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal RoundQualifyingFinal
1594Louise RitterUSA1.92 (=11)2.01 (1)GoldOR
250Stefka KostadinovaBUL1.92 (=8)2.01 (2)Silver
3618Tamara BykovaURS1.92 (=1)1.99 (3)Bronze
4212Olga TurchakURS1.92 (=4)1.96 (4)
=543Lyudmila AndonovaBUL1.92 (=8)1.93 (=5)
=5463Galina AstafeiROU1.92 (=4)1.93 (=5)
720Chris StantonAUS1.92 (=11)1.93 (7)
=8215Diana DaviesGBR1.92 (=8)1.90 (=8)
=8392Kim Hui-SeonKOR1.92 (=1)1.90 (=8)
10170Maryse Éwanjé-ÉpéeFRA1.92 (7)1.90 (10)
11380Megumi SatoJPN1.92 (=1)1.90 (11)
12619Janet BoyleGBR1.92 (=4)1.90 (12)
13 r1/2195Heike RedetzkyFRG1.90 (13)
14 r1/210Vanessa BrowneAUS1.90 (14)
15 r1/292Jin LingCHN1.90 (15)
16 r1/2226Jo JenningsGBR1.90 (16)
17 r1/2510Liudmyla AvdieienkoURS1.87 (17)
18 r1/2598Coleen SommerUSA1.87 (18)
19 r1/2579Trish KingUSA1.84 (19)
20 r1/2160Madely BeaugendreFRA1.84 (20)
21 r1/2416Cristina Fink-SisniegaMEX1.84 (21)
22 r1/2660Biljana PetrovićYUG1.80 (22)
23 r1/2499Su Chun-YuehTPE1.80 (23)
24 r1/2114Lucienne N'DaCIV1.75 (24)

Qualifying Round (29 September 1988 — 9:15)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.92 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses
=1Megumi SatoJPN1.9200Q
=1Kim Hui-SeonKOR1.9200Q
=1Tamara BykovaURS1.9200Q
=4Janet BoyleGBR1.9201Q
=4Galina AstafeiROU1.9201Q
=4Olga TurchakURS1.9201Q
7Maryse Éwanjé-ÉpéeFRA1.9203Q
=8Lyudmila AndonovaBUL1.9211Q
=8Stefka KostadinovaBUL1.9211Q
=8Diana DaviesGBR1.9211Q
=11Chris StantonAUS1.9223Q
=11Louise RitterUSA1.9223Q
13Heike RedetzkyFRG1.9000
14Vanessa BrowneAUS1.9014
15Jin LingCHN1.9022
16Jo JenningsGBR1.9024
17Liudmyla AvdieienkoURS1.8700
18Coleen SommerUSA1.8711
19Trish KingUSA1.8400
20Madely BeaugendreFRA1.8401
21Cristina Fink-SisniegaMEX1.8422
22Biljana PetrovićYUG1.8001
23Su Chun-YuehTPE1.8011
24Lucienne N'DaCIV1.7522

Qualifying Round, Group A (29 September 1988)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.70 m1.75 m1.80 m1.84 m1.87 m1.90 m1.92 m
1Kim Hui-SeonKOR1.9200-oooooo
=2Janet BoyleGBR1.9201-oooxooo
=2Olga TurchakURS1.9201--oooxoo
4Maryse Éwanjé-ÉpéeFRA1.9203-ooxoxoxoo
5Stefka KostadinovaBUL1.9211--oo-oxo
6Heike RedetzkyFRG1.9000--o-ooxxx
7Vanessa BrowneAUS1.9014-ooxoxxoxoxxx
8Jin LingCHN1.9022-ooooxxoxxx
9Trish KingUSA1.8400-oooxxx
10Cristina Fink-SisniegaMEX1.8422-ooxxoxxx
11Biljana PetrovićYUG1.8001oxooxxx
12Lucienne N'DaCIV1.7522oxxoxxx

Qualifying Round, Group B (29 September 1988)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.70 m1.75 m1.80 m1.84 m1.87 m1.90 m1.92 m
=1Megumi SatoJPN1.9200--ooooo
=1Tamara BykovaURS1.9200ooooooo
3Galina AstafeiROU1.9201-ooxoooo
=4Lyudmila AndonovaBUL1.9211--ooooxo
=4Diana DaviesGBR1.9211--ooooxo
=6Chris StantonAUS1.9223--xooooxxo
=6Louise RitterUSA1.9223---oxooxxo
8Jo JenningsGBR1.9024-ooxoxoxxoxxx
9Liudmyla AvdieienkoURS1.8700--oooxxx
10Coleen SommerUSA1.8711--ooxoxxx
11Madely BeaugendreFRA1.8401-oxooxxx
12Su Chun-YuehTPE1.8011ooxoxxx

Final Round (30 September 1988 — 13:00)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal Misses1.75 m1.80 m1.85 m1.90 m1.93 m1.96 m1.99 m2.01 m2.03 m2.03 m
1Louise RitterUSA2.0100-oooooooxxxxxxOR
2Stefka KostadinovaBUL2.0100-oooooooxxxxxx
3Tamara BykovaURS1.9923-ooooxoxxoxxx
4Olga TurchakURS1.9601-ooxoooxxx
=5Lyudmila AndonovaBUL1.9300-ooooxxx
=5Galina AstafeiROU1.9300oooooxxx
7Chris StantonAUS1.9311-oooxoxxx
=8Diana DaviesGBR1.9000-oooxxx
=8Kim Hui-SeonKOR1.9000-oooxxx
10Maryse Éwanjé-ÉpéeFRA1.9011-ooxoxxx
11Megumi SatoJPN1.9022-ooxxoxxx
12Janet BoyleGBR1.9023-oxoxxoxxx