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2005 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

2005 10th IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Men's High Jump



Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (2.29 or top 12 to final) (Aug 12)
Dates: 6–14 August 2005
Nations participating: 196
Athletes participating: 1,891
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
The qualifying height for the final was 2.29, but when the two simultaneous pools saw just 10 clear 2.27, the two jumpers with a clean slate at 2.24 (Rybakov and Frösen) were added to the final. The most highly-regarded athlete who failed to make the final was defending champion Freitag. Holm, the Olympic Champion, was favoured to win, but one failure at 2.25 and two at 2.29 meant that he was down in seventh place. Leading were Rybakov and relative newcomer Moya, who had not suffered a single failure. The least-known of the eight men over 2.29 was Krymarenko, and, as the last man jumping, came up for his third attempt at 2.32 with little expectation of success from the crowd. Krymarenko hit the bar, but it stayed on, and the Ukrainian second string jumper became the most unexpected global winner since Robert Shavlakadze’s Olympic win of 1960. DOHA 2019  PAST RESULTS/WORLD CHAMPS MEN’S HJ 161 The modest heights in the final were perhaps due to the bright sun shining into the faces of the jumpers over the crossbar. Even so Krymarenko’s high point on his best effort was measured at 2.40 compared with 2.38 by Moya.
 The Men's High Jump event at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics was held at the Helsinki Olympic Stadium on August 12 and August 14.
  High Jump 14 August

Event Report - Men High Jump Final

To steal a phrase from baseball, Yuriy Krimarenko (UKR) hit a home run in the bottom of the ninth inning to break up a tie game and win a most surprising gold medal in the men’s high jump at 2.32.

Jumping at the bottom of the order, and with all other competitors already eliminated, the slender jumper entered his name into athletics’ history by clearning that modest height as a mysterious hex descended onto the high jump pit this evening.

Not since the first World Championships in 1983 has the winning height been so low.   That year, Gennadiy Avdeyenko of the Soviet Union—at the time almost as unknown as Krimarenko—won with the same 2.32 height. 

Up until now, this season had seen a relative renaissance of an event which had fallen for a number of years into an abyss of mediocrity.  When Stefan Holm leaped 2.40 during the past winter to win the World Indoor Championships—a height not seen for five years, indoors or outdoors—it gave hope that the event was staging a comeback. 

Krimarenko’s jump was only one centimetre under his personal best, which he had jumped only one time this year.  Tonight was also only the second time in his career that he has jumped higher than 2.30.   At the end of last season, the Ukrainian’s PB stood at only 2.23. 

Three days after his 22nd birthday, Krimarenko was apparently satisfied with his win over a stellar field and declined to jump further.

“My dream was to be in the top eight,” said Krimarenko afterwards, “but I didn’t plan to be the winner.  I thought [Stefan] Holm would have been the strongest.” 

“I started out well today, and I was in a positive mood,” the Ukrainian continued.  “I was not at all nervous.” 

There was no early indication that the event would “die on the vine” as it did tonight.  Eight of the thirteen finalists managed to jump 2.29, and there was every expectation that the remaining competitors—five of whom had jumped 2.32 or higher this season—would fight much harder for the gold medal.

One by one the jumpers missed.  A dragged heel here, a shoulder nudge there.  The crossbar hit the mat twenty-three consecutive times at 2.32 until Krimarenko found the solution to the mystery of the Great Wall of Helsinki.

Had the Ukrainian missed on that final attempt, a jump-off would have occurred between Edmonton silver medallist Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) and Central American champion Victor Moya (CUB), a protégé of world-record holder Javier Sotomayor, who gave a “thumbs-up” signal with each of Moya’s successful jumps.  

Instead, those jumpers ended tied for the silver medal, with Mark Boswell (CAN), who won bronze two years ago in Paris, and Athens bronze winner Jaroslav Bába (CZE) taking fourth and fifth.

“Before the competition I told him [Sotomayor] I was going to get a medal.  I must thank him for all of his advice,” said Moya. 

Rybakov perhaps was speaking for most of the jumpers, observing that “it has been an odd day for every one of us.  Those easy heights seemed to be difficult for everybody.  Somehow, I had an unsure feeling all through the competition.”

Olympic champion Stefan Holm (SWE) opened at 2.20 as he had done in the qualifying round on Friday, but problems appeared early.  He needed two jumps at both 2.25 and 2.29, before joining the others in a mass exit at 2.32, finishing seventh on countback. 

“I don’t know why I didn’t have any power in my legs today,” the Swede said.  “I had to work hard to clear 2.25 and I should have these difficulties on such heights.  Obviously, it wasn’t my day today.”

1 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 11 Aug 83 2.32
2 Víctor Moya CUB 24 Oct 82 2.29
2 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 22 Nov 80 2.29
4 Mark Boswell CAN 28 Jul 77 2.29
5 Nicola Ciotti ITA 5 Oct 76 2.29
5 Jaroslav Bába CZE 2 Sep 84 2.29
7 Stefan Holm SWE 25 May 76 2.29
8 Vyacheslav Voronin RUS 5 Apr 74 2.29
9 Dragutin Topić SRB 12 Mar 71 2.25
10 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 26 Jul 84 2.25
11 Oskari Frösén FIN 24 Jan 76 2.20
11 Matt Hemingway USA 24 Oct 72 2.20
13 Andriy Sokolovskyy UKR 16 Jul 78 2.20
Final 18:35 Height 215 220 225 229 232
1 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 2.32m O O XO O XXO
2 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.29m - O O O XXX
2 Victor Moya CUB 2.29m O O O O XXX
4 Mark Boswell CAN 2.29m - O XO O XXX
5 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.29m - O O XO XXX
5 Nicola Ciotti ITA 2.29m O O O XO XXX
7 Stefan Holm SWE 2.29m - O XO XO XXX
8 Vyacheslav Voronin RUS 2.29m - XO O XXO XXX
9 Dragutin Topic SCG 2.25m XO O O XXX
10 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 2.25m O O XO XXX
11 Oskari Frosen FIN 2.20m - XO XXX
11 Matt Hemingway USA 2.20m - XO XXX
13 Andriy Sokolovskyy UKR 2.20m - XXO - XXX
  Qualification 12 August

Event Report - Men High Jump Qualification

Except for a short period while the bar was at 2.20, the 29 competitors had sun and patches of blue sky for their qualifying round. 

The magic goal today was 2.27, as eleven cleared that height to advance to the final, along with two more with clean records through 2.24.

Olympic champion Stefan Holm (SWE) and Victor Moya (CUB) were the only jumpers who emerged from qualifying without a miss in the four heights offered up through 2.27. 

The other medallists from Athens, silver winner Matt Hemingway (USA) and bronze recipient Jaroslav Bába (CZE), also cleared the requisite height, Hemingway doing so after only his third day jumping with a full run after suffering a severe ankle sprain earlier this summer.  

Mark Boswell (CAN), the bronze medallist from Paris two years ago, and the Seville champion, Vyacheslav Voronin (RUS), are also among the lucky thirteen who will joust in the final, as are three-time world silver medallist Yaroslav Rybakov (RUS) and Andriy Sokolovsky (UKR), whose 2.38 this season has not been surpassed.   Rybakov advanced with a first-attempt 2.24, as did Oskari Frösén (FIN). 

All ages will be represented, as both the oldest—1990 European champion Dragutin Topic (SCG)—and the youngest—Kyriakos Ioannou will return after 2.27 leaps. 

The principal absentee Sunday will be defending champion and this season’s co-leader, Jacques Freitag (RSA), who could only manage 2.20.  The 2.07-tall jumper reported no injury as the cause for his difficulties today.  “It was only due to some technical problems,” he said.  “I’ve been trying to get my mind off high jumping during the long wait this week, spending less time in the Village and doing lots of other things to fill the time.  Mentally, I was ready, but technically I was not.”

  Group A
1 Dragutin Topić SRB 12 Mar 71 2.27 q
1 Nicola Ciotti ITA 5 Oct 76 2.27 q
3 Jaroslav Bába CZE 2 Sep 84 2.27 q
3 Vyacheslav Voronin RUS 5 Apr 74 2.27 q
5 Andriy Sokolovskyy UKR 16 Jul 78 2.27 q
6 Matt Hemingway USA 24 Oct 72 2.27 q
7 Oskari Frösén FIN 24 Jan 76 2.24 q
8 Ben Challenger GBR 7 Mar 78 2.24
9 Jesse Williams USA 27 Dec 83 2.24
10 Grzegorz Sposób POL 12 Feb 76 2.20
11 Manjula Kumara Wijesekara SRI 30 Jan 84 2.15
11 Andrey Tereshin RUS 15 Dec 82 2.15
11 László Boros HUN 3 Feb 82 2.15
11 Jean-Claude Rabbath LIB 12 Jul 77 2.15
15 Hennadzi Maroz BLR 27 May 78 2.15
  Group B
1 Stefan Holm SWE 25 May 76 2.27 q
1 Víctor Moya CUB 24 Oct 82 2.27 q
3 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 26 Jul 84 2.27 q
3 Mark Boswell CAN 28 Jul 77 2.27 q
5 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 11 Aug 83 2.27 q
6 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 22 Nov 80 2.24 q
7 Mickaël Hanany FRA 25 Mar 83 2.24
7 Andrea Bettinelli ITA 6 Oct 78 2.24
9 Jacques Freitag RSA 11 Jun 82 2.20
9 Kyle Lancaster USA 15 Aug 83 2.20
11 Svatoslav Ton CZE 20 Oct 78 2.20
12 Naoyuki Daigo JPN 18 Jan 81 2.20
Ştefan Vasilache ROU 9 May 79 NH
Alessandro Talotti ITA 7 Oct 80 NH
Group A Height 215 220 224 227
1 Dragutin Topic SCG 2.27m O XXO XO O
1 Nicola Ciotti ITA 2.27m O XO XXO O
3 Jaroslav Baba CZE 2.27m - O O XO
3 Vyacheslav Voronin RUS 2.27m O O O XO
5 Andriy Sokolovskyy UKR 2.27m O XXO O XO
6 Matt Hemingway USA 2.27m - O XXO XXO
7 Oskari Frosen FIN 2.24m O O O XXX
8 Ben Challenger GBR 2.24m - XO O XXX
9 Jesse Williams USA 2.24m O O XO XXX
10 Grzegorz Sposob POL 2.20m O O X-
11 Manjula Kumara Wijesekara SRI 2.15m O XXX
11 Andrey Tereshin RUS 2.15m O XXX
11 Laszlo Boros HUN 2.15m O XXX
11 Jean-Claude Rabbath LIB 2.15m O XXX
15 Gennadiy Moroz BLR 2.15m XXO XXX
Group B Height 215 220 224 227
1 Stefan Holm SWE 2.27m - O O O
1 Victor Moya CUB 2.27m O O O O
3 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP 2.27m O O XO XO
3 Mark Boswell CAN 2.27m O - XO XO
5 Yuriy Krymarenko UKR 2.27m O XXO XO XXO
6 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS 2.24m O O O XXX
7 Mickael Hanany FRA 2.24m O O XXO XXX
7 Andrea Bettinelli ITA 2.24m O O XXO XXX
9 Jacques Freitag RSA 2.20m O O XXX
9 Kyle Lancaster USA 2.20m O O XXX
11 Svatoslav Ton CZE 2.20m O XO XXX
12 Naoyuki Daigo JPN 2.20m O XXO XXX
- Stefan Vasilache ROM NM XXX
- Alessandro Talotti ITA NM XXX

Group A 12 AUG 2005 12:00 

1 432 László Boros HUN HUN 2.28 2.28
2 741 Grzegorz Sposób POL POL 2.34 2.30
3 76 Hennazdy Maroz BLR BLR 2.33 2.29
4 992 Matt Hemingway USA USA 2.38i 2.31i
5 463 Nicola Ciotti ITA ITA 2.30 2.30
6 859 Manjula Kumara Wijesekara SRI SRI 2.27 2.25
7 609 Jean-Claude Rabbath LBN LBN 2.27 2.18
8 836 Vyacheslav Voronin RUS RUS 2.40 2.32
9 949 Andriy Sokolovskyy UKR UKR 2.38 2.38
10 1047 Jesse Williams USA USA 2.30 2.30
11 834 Andrey Tereshin RUS RUS 2.32 2.32
12 187 Jaroslav Bába CZE CZE 2.37i 2.37i
13 343 Ben Challenger GBR GBR 2.30 2.27
14 284 Oskari Frösén FIN FIN 2.31i 2.27
15 843 Dragutin Topic SCG SCG 2.38 2.31i

Group B 12 AUG 2005 12:00 

1 517 Naoyuki Daigo JPN JPN 2.27 2.27
2 326 Mickael Hanany FRA FRA 2.28 2.28
3 1002 Kyle Lancaster USA USA 2.31 2.31
4 777 Stefan Vasilache ROU ROU 2.30 2.27i
5 125 Mark Boswell CAN CAN 2.35 2.27
6 485 Alessandro Talotti ITA ITA 2.32i 2.32i
7 829 Yaroslav Rybakov RUS RUS 2.38i 2.38i
8 781 Jacques Freitag RSA RSA 2.38 2.38
9 942 Yuriy Krimarenko UKR UKR 2.33 2.33
10 456 Andrea Bettinelli ITA ITA 2.31 2.30i
11 185 Kyriakos Ioannou CYP CYP 2.28 2.27
12 181 Víctor Moya CUB CUB 2.29 2.29
13 195 Svatoslav Ton CZE CZE 2.33 2.33i
14 883 Stefan Holm SWE SWE 2.40i 2.40i




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