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1983 World Championships in Athletics Helsinki, Finland

1983 1st IAAF World Championships - Helsinki - Women's High Jump

 

 

Host City: Helsinki, Finland Format: Qualifying round (1.90 or top 12 to final) (Aug 7)
Dates: 7–14 August 1983
Nations participating: 153
Athletes participating: 1,355
    Main venue: Helsinki Olympic Stadium
Overview by IAAF   Helsinki Olympic Stadium 
Bykova and Meyfarth staged a compelling battle for the gold medal. The former (half Russian, half Greek) had a perfect record of first-time clearances at every height up to and including 1.97. Meyfarth – the world record holder – was the only other athlete to go that high, but had recorded one failure at both 1.95 and 1.97. Meanwhile the bronze medal had been won by Ritter, who cleared 1.95 on her second attempt to beat her compatriot Sommer on countback. At 1.99, Bykova faltered for the first time with a clumsy failure. Meyfarth saw her chance and went over first time to take the lead. Bykova made it on her second try and the bar went up to 2.01. The Soviet jumper went over first time again and regained the lead, as Meyfarth failed. The West German passed and took her remaining two tries, unsuccessfully, at 2.03. Bykova, now confirmed as the winner, also had three unsuccessful attempts at this world record height.
 These are the official results of the Women's High Jump event at the 1983 IAAF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. There were a total number of 33 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Tuesday August 9, 1983.

Records

Standing records prior to the 1983 World Athletics Championships
World Record  Ulrike Meyfarth (FRG) 2.02 m September 8, 1982 Greece Athens, Greece
Event Record New event
 
 
  High Jump 9 August
  Final
1 Tamara Bykova URS 21 Dec 58 2.01
2 Ulrike Meyfarth FRG 4 May 56 1.99
3 Louise Ritter USA 18 Feb 58 1.95
4 Coleen Sommer USA 6 Jun 60 1.95
5 Kerstin Brandt GDR 9 Dec 61 1.92
6 Debbie Brill CAN 10 Mar 53 1.88
7 Susanne Beyer GDR 24 Jun 61 1.88
8 Olga Juha HUN 22 Mar 62 1.88
9 Vanessa Ward AUS 5 Jan 63 1.88
10 Silvia Costa CUB 4 May 64 1.84
10 Andrea Bienias GDR 11 Nov 59 1.84
12 Maryse Maury FRA 4 Sep 64 1.84
12 Katalin Sterk HUN 30 Sep 61 1.84
12 Minna Vehmasto FIN 28 Mar 62 1.84
15 Christine Soetewey BEL 19 Aug 57 1.84
16 Yang Wenqin CHN 30 Apr 60 1.84
17 Larisa Kositsyna URS 14 Dec 63 1.80
18 Zheng Dazhen CHN 22 Sep 59 1.80
 
Final Height 175 180 184 188 192 195 197 199 201 203
1 Tamara Bykova URS 2.01m - O O O O O O XO O XXX
2 Ulrike Meyfarth FRG 1.99m - O O O O O XO O X- XX
3 Louise Ritter USA 1.95m - O O O XO XO XXX
4 Coleen Sommer USA 1.95m - O O O XO XXO XXX
5 Kerstin Brandt GDR 1.92m - O XO XXO XO XXX
6 Debbie Brill CAN 1.88m - O O O XXX
7 Susanne Helm-Beyer GDR 1.88m O O XO XO XXX
8 Olga Juha HUN 1.88m -O
9 Vanessa Browne-Ward AUS 1.88m -O
10 Silvia Costa CUB 1.84m -O
10 Andrea Bienias GDR 1.84m -O
12 Maryse Ewanje-Epee-Maury FRA 1.84m -O
12 Katalin Sterk HUN 1.84m -O
12 Minna Vehmasto FIN 1.84m -O
15 Christine Soetewey BEL 1.84m -O
16 Wenqin Yang CHN 1.84m -O
17 Larisa Kositsyna URS 1.80m -O
18 Dazhen Zheng CHN 1.80m -O
 
Qualification 7 August
Group A
1 Kerstin Brandt GDR 1.90
1 Coleen Sommer USA 1.90
1 Tamara Bykova URS 1.90
4 Susanne Helm GDR 1.90
5 Christine Soetewey BEL 1.87
6 Minna Vehmasto FIN 1.87
6 Katalin Sterk HUN 1.87
8 Zheng Dazhen CHN 1.87
9 Sara Simeoni ITA 1.84
10 Gillian Evans GBR 1.84
11 Gaby Meier-Lindenthal SUI 1.84
11 Brigitte Reid CAN 1.84
13 Disa Gísladóttir ICL 1.80
13 Megumi Sato JPN 1.80
15 Christine Stanton AUS 1.80
16 Iona Smith AIA 1.50
Group B
1 Ulrike Meyfarth FRG 1.90
2 Louise Ritter USA 1.90
3 Andrea Bienias GDR 1.90
4 Debbie Brill CAN 1.90
5 Olga Juha HUN 1.87
6 Larisa Kositsyna URS 1.87
7 Maryse Ewanjé-Epée FRA 1.87
8 Vanessa Browne AUS 1.87
8 Silvia Costa CUB 1.87
8 Yang Wenqin CHN 1.87
11 Niculina Vasile ROM 1.84
12 Emese Bela HUN 1.80
13 Susanne Lorentzon SWE 1.80
14 Lidija Lapajne YUG 1.80
15 Hisayo Fukumitsu JPN 1.75
16 Kawther Akremi TUN 1.70
17 Klodeta Gjini ALB 1.70
 
Group A height
1 Kerstin Brandt GDR 1.90
1 Coleen Sommer USA 1.90
1 Tamara Bykova URS 1.90
4 Susanne Helm GDR 1.90
5 Christine Soetewey BEL 1.87
6 Minna Vehmasto FIN 1.87
6 Katalin Sterk HUN 1.87
8 Zheng Dazhen CHN 1.87
9 Sara Simeoni ITA 1.84
10 Gillian Evans GBR 1.84
11 Gaby Meier-Lindenthal SUI 1.84
11 Brigitte Reid CAN 1.84
13 Disa Gísladóttir ICL 1.80
13 Megumi Sato JPN 1.80
15 Christine Stanton AUS 1.80
16 Iona Smith AIA 1.50
Group B height
1 Ulrike Meyfarth FRG 1.90
2 Louise Ritter USA 1.90
3 Andrea Bienias GDR 1.90
4 Debbie Brill CAN 1.90
5 Olga Juha HUN 1.87
6 Larisa Kositsyna URS 1.87
7 Maryse Ewanjé-Epée FRA 1.87
8 Vanessa Browne AUS 1.87
8 Silvia Costa CUB 1.87
8 Yang Wenqin CHN 1.87
11 Niculina Vasile ROM 1.84
12 Emese Bela HUN 1.80
13 Susanne Lorentzon SWE 1.80
14 Lidija Lapajne YUG 1.80
15 Hisayo Fukumitsu JPN 1.75
16 Kawther Akremi TUN 1.70
17 Klodeta Gjini ALB 1.70
 

Group A 07 AUG 1983 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Susanne Beyer GDR GDR    
  Kerstin Brandt GDR GDR    
  Tamara Bykova URS URS 2.03i 2.03i
  Gillian Evans GBR GBR    
  Thordis Gisladóttir ISL ISL 1.90i 1.90i
  Gaby Meier-Lindenthal SUI SUI 1.94  
  Brigitte Reid CAN CAN    
  Megumi Sato JPN JPN 1.90 1.90
  Sara Simeoni ITA ITA 2.01  
  Iona Smith AIA AIA    
  Christine Soetewey BEL BEL    
  Coleen Sommer USA USA 2.00i  
  Christine Stanton AUS AUS 1.91  
  Katalin Sterk HUN HUN 1.99i  
  Minna Vehmasto FIN FIN 1.91 1.91
  Dazhen Zheng CHN CHN    

Group B 07 AUG 1983 

Order / LaneATHLETECOUNTRYPBSB 1983
  Kawther Akremi TUN TUN 1.78 1.78
  Emese Bela HUN HUN    
  Andrea Bienias GDR GDR 1.99i  
  Debbie Brill CAN CAN 1.99i  
  Vanessa Browne-Ward AUS AUS    
  Silvia Costa CUB CUB 1.98 1.98
  Maryse Éwanjé-Épée FRA FRA    
  Hisayo Fukumitsu JPN JPN    
  Klodeta Gjini ALB ALB 1.87 1.87
  Olga Juha HUN HUN    
  Larisa Kositsyna URS URS 1.95  
  Lidija Lapajne YUG YUG    
  Susanne Lorentzon SWE SWE    
  Ulrike Meyfarth FRG FRG 2.02 2.00
  Louise Ritter USA USA 1.98i 1.98i
  Niculina Vasile ROU ROU    
  Wenqin Yang CHN CHN  

 

 

 

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