With such a field the Women’s High Jump is certainly becoming one of the main attractions at the 45th Allianz Memorial Van Damme. Mariya Lasitskene remains the leading lady of the event and is familiar with the conditions in Brussels where she already won on three occasions. In Tokyo the 28 year old Russian accomplished her career in winning Olympic gold, after winning 3 World titles and after securing 4 Wanda Diamong League victories. Lasitskene crossed a bar at 2,04m in Tokyo and holds a PB at 2,06m.
Nicola McDermott took the silver medal in Tokyo and won the High Jump at the Allianz Memorial Van Damme in 2020. The 24 year old Australian continued to impress in 2021 and set a massive PB and Oceanian Record of 2,02m in Tokyo. McDermott is joined by her 25 year old compatriot Eleanor Patterson who finished 5th in Tokyo with 1,96m.
Yaroslava Mahuchikh had to settle for bronze in Tokyo with a 2,00m effort. The 20 year old Ukrainian already jumped 2,06m indoor in 2021 and became the European Under 23 Champion recently. Ukraine is setting the standards in the Women’s High Jump these days with Iryna Geraschchenko (4th in Tokyo with 1,98m) and Yuliya Levchenko (8th with 1,96m) strongly representing the yellow and blue colours of their country. There is no doubt that they will be eager to shine at the occasion of the second to last leg of the Wanda Diamong League in Brussels.
The star studded High Jump field will also be joined by Nafi Thiam, who is actually the best combined eventer in the World. Thiam won her second consecutive Heptathlon Olympic title in Tokyo and scored a prestigious win in the High Jump with 1,92m. At her very best Thiam is worth 2,02m in her favourite individual event. The tall and rangy athlete from Belgium celebrates her 27th birthday next week.