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1988 Olympic Games Seoul - Women's High jump

 

 

Host City: Seoul, South Korea Format: Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 1.92 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: September 29, 1988
Date Finished: September 30, 1988
(Competitors: 24; Nations: 15; Finalists: 12)
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Overview by IAAF  1988_olympic_stadium.jpg
Of the 29 competitions at 2.04 or better prior to Seoul, Kostadinova owned 25; she was a prohibitive favourite, and looked the best jumper at all heights up to 2.03. All finalists had cleared 1.92 to qualify, but just seven made 1.93 in the final and three of these would miss at 1.96. Kostadinova cleared 1.99 and 2.01 cleanly, heights which Ritter also made, though hitting the bar each time. Bykova beat Turchak for bronze by getting over 1.99 though clipping the bar with her heels. The 1983 World Champion failed at 2.01, and just two were left. Both missed at 2.03, though the Bulgarian was closer. With no misses a jump-off was required. Kostadinova missed, and Ritter again hit the bar, but it stayed on to give the American a shock win. Less importantly, it equalled her North American record.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
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.
 

Records

These were the standing World and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1988 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2.09 Bulgaria Stefka Kostadinova Rome (ITA) August 30, 1987
Olympic Record 2.02 West Germany Ulrike Meyfarth Los Angeles (USA) August 10, 1984

The following Olympic record was set during this competition.

DateEventAthleteHeightORWR
September 30, 1988 Final  Louise Ritter (USA) 2.03m OR
 
Results
High jump Women Final 30 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 2.03 Louise Ritter United States USA 18 Feb 58 AR
2 2.01 Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria BUL 25 Mar 65
3 1.99 Tamara Bykova Soviet Union URS 21 Dec 58
4 1.96 Olga Turchak Soviet Union URS 5 Mar 67
5 1.93 Lyudmila Andonova Bulgaria BUL 6 May 60
5 1.93 Alina Astafei Romania ROU 7 Jun 69
7 1.93 Christine Stanton Australia AUS 12 Dec 59
8 1.90 Kim Hee-sun South Korea KOR 20 Apr 63
8 1.90 Diana Davies Great Britain GBR 7 May 61
10 1.90 Maryse Maury France FRA 4 Sep 64
11 1.90 Megumi Sato Japan JPN 13 Sep 66
12 1.90 Janet Boyle Great Britain GBR 25 Jul 63
High jump Women Qualification 29 September
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Birth Date Records
1 1.92 Megumi Sato Japan JPN 13 Sep 66
1 1.92 Tamara Bykova Soviet Union URS 21 Dec 58
1 1.92 Kim Hee-sun South Korea KOR 20 Apr 63
4 1.92 Janet Boyle Great Britain GBR 25 Jul 63
4 1.92 Alina Astafei Romania ROU 7 Jun 69
4 1.92 Olga Turchak Soviet Union URS 5 Mar 67
7 1.92 Maryse Maury France FRA 4 Sep 64
8 1.92 Diana Davies Great Britain GBR 7 May 61
8 1.92 Lyudmila Andonova Bulgaria BUL 6 May 60
8 1.92 Stefka Kostadinova Bulgaria BUL 25 Mar 65
11 1.92 Christine Stanton Australia AUS 12 Dec 59
11 1.92 Louise Ritter United States USA 18 Feb 58
13 1.90 Heike Henkel West Germany FRG 5 May 64
14 1.90 Vanessa Ward Australia AUS 5 Jan 63
15 1.90 Jin Ling China CHN 25 Jan 67
16 1.90 Jo Steele Great Britain GBR 20 Sep 69
17 1.87 Lyudmila Avdeyenko Soviet Union URS 14 Dec 63
18 1.87 Coleen Sommer United States USA 6 Jun 60
19 1.84 Trish King United States USA 27 Aug 62
20 1.84 Madely Beaugendre France FRA 22 Sep 65
21 1.84 Cristina Fink Mexico MEX 12 Dec 64
22 1.80 Biljana Petrović Yugoslavia YUG 28 Feb 61
23 1.80 Su Chun-Yueh Chinese Taipei TPE 27 Oct 70
24 1.75 Lucienne N'Da Cote d'Ivoire CIV 6 Jul 65
 
Detailed View
 Women High Jump Olympic Games 1988 Seoul (KOR) - Friday 30.09
Final Team Height N TF 175 180 185 190 193 196 199 201 203
1. Louise Ritter USA 2.03m 1 3   O O O O O O O XXXO
2. Stefka Kostadinova BUL 2.01m 1 0   O O O O O O O XXXX
3. Tamara Bykova URS 1.99m 3 3   O O O O XO XXO XXX
4. Olga Tourtchak URS 1.96m 1 1   O O XO O O XXX
5. Galina Astafei ROM 1.93m 1 0 O O O O O XXX
5. Lyudmila Andonova BUL 1.93m 1 0   O O O O XXX
7. Christine Tanton AUS 1.93m 1 1   O O O XO XXX
8. Diana Davies GBR 1.90m 1 0   O O O XXX
8. Hee-Sun Kim KOR 1.90m 1 0   O O O XXX
10.Maryse Ewanje-Epee FRA 1.90m 2 1   O O XO XXX
11.Megumi Sato JPN 1.90m 3 2   O O XXO XXX
12.Janet Boyle GBR 1.90m 3 3   O XO XXO XXX
Qualification - Thursday 29.09 mark 1.92m 12 Athletes
Group A Team Height N TF 170 175 180 184 187 190 192
1. Hee-Sun Kim KOR 1.92m 1 0   O O O O O O
2. Olga Turtchak URS 1.92m 1 1     O O O XO O
3. Janet Boyle GBR 1.92m 1 1   O O O XO O O
4. Maryse Wanje-Epee FRA 1.92m 1 3   O 0 XO XO XO O
5. Stefka Kostadinova BUL 1.92m 2 1     O O   O XO
6. Heike Edetzky FRG 1.90m 1 0     O   O O XXX
7. Vanessa Rowne AUS 1.90m 2 4   O 0 XO XXO XO XXX
8. Ling In CHN 1.90m 3 2   O O O O XXO XXX
9. Patricia Ing USA 1.84m 1 0   O O O XXX
10.Cristina Fink MEX 1.84m 3 2   O O XXO XXX
11.Biljana Petrovic YUG 1.80m 1 1 O XO O XXX
12.Lucienne N' Da CIV 1.75m 3 2 O XXO XXX
Group B Team Height N TF 170 175 180 184 187 190 192
1. Megumi Sato JPN 1.92m 1 0     O O O O O
2. Tamara Bykova URS 1.92m 1 0 O O O O O O O
3. Galina Astafei ROM 1.92m 1 1   O O XO O O O
4. Lyudmila Andonova BUL 1.92m 2 1     O O O O XO
4. Diana Davies GBR 1.92m 2 1     O O O O XO
6. Louise Ritter USA 1.92m 3 3       O XO O XXO
7. Christine Tanton AUS 1.92m 3 3     XO O O O XXO
8. Jo Jennings GBR 1.90m 3 4   O O XO XO XXO XXX
9. Liodmila Avdeenko URS 1.87m 1 0     O O O XXX
10.Coleen Sommer USA 1.87m 2 1     O O XO XXX
11.Madely Beaugendre FRA 1.84m 1 1   O XO O XXX
12.Chun-Yueh Su TPE 1.80m 2 1 O O XO XXX
 
 
 

 

 

 

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