04 MAR 2014 Preview Sopot, Poland

Women's high jump preview – IAAF World Indoor Championships Sopot 2014

Reigning world indoor champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia competes in the high jump qualification in Doha (Getty Images)Reigning world indoor champion Blanka Vlasic of Croatia competes in the high jump qualification in Doha (Getty Images) © Copyright

Blanka Vlasic has returned from injury and leapt 2.00m in Prague last week, so the two-time former world indoor and outdoor champion will be looking to make amends for missing both the 2012 Olympic Games and the World Championships last summer.

Russia’s Maria Kuchina tops the 2014 world list with 2.01m from Stockholm in early February and one of the best Polish hopes for a medal in Sopot lies with Kamila Stepaniuk-Licwinko, who has improved her indoor best by eight centimetres this season to a national record 2.00m.

Also in the hunt for medals should be Spain’s 34-year-old European champion, indoors and outdoors, Ruth Beitia, who this winter became the oldest woman ever to clear two metres indoors.

This will be Beitia's eighth appearance at the World Indoor Championships; a record bettered only by legendary 800m runner Maria Mutola.

Nicola Bamford for the IAAF

Women's High Jump Event timing

Previous Champion

Competitor Nat Date
Chaunté Lowe USA USA 10 MAR 2012
Competitor Mark Nat Venue Date
Stefka Kostadinova 2.05 BUL BUL Indianapolis (Hoosier Dome), IN 08 MAR 1987

2014 Best

Pos Competitor Nat Mark
1 Maria Kuchina RUS RUS 2.01
2 Kamila Licwinko POL POL 2.00
3 Ruth Beitia ESP ESP 2.00
4 Blanka Vlašic CRO CRO 2.00
5 Emma Green SWE SWE 1.97