Back to Athletics, this time it's a Field discipline. The question is:
Who will win the Women's High Jump event?
Unfortunately, one of the best performers of this discipline in the last years, Blanka Vlasic (CRO - photo), won't go to the Olympic Games due to an injury. She announced officially this month that she has not recovered entirely to compete again at the highest level and prefers to stay at home. She took the Silver medal at Beijing with 2.05 m and won the World Championships of Osaka 2007 and Berlin 2009. At Daegu 2011 she came in second place with 2.03 m.
The Olympic champion Tia Hellebaut (BEL) retired after Beijing but last year decided to return to training in order to defend her Olympic Gold medal. Her best performance in this season is a 5th place at the World Indoor Championships held in Instanbul, with 1.95 m.
An usual opponent for Blanka Vlasic was Ariane Friedrich (GER). Her most important achievement was the Bronze medal in the Berlin 2009 World Championships. After that she suffered an injury and skipped Daegu 2011.
The current World Champion is Anna Chicherova (RUS), who won at Daegu with 2.03 m. She received the Gold medal because she jumped at this height on the first attempt and Vlasic did it at the second attempt. Chicherova came in third place at Beijing with 2.03 m.
The current European Champion is Ruth Beitia (SPA), who won at Helsinki with 1.97 m. Italy will set the hopes on Antonietta di Martino, Bronze medal at Daegu 2011 with 2.00 m and Silver medal this year at Istanbul with 1.95 m.
The competition at Istanbul was won by Chaunté Lowe (USA) with 1.98. The Romanian Esthera Petre came in 7th place with 1.92 and will compete for our country at London.
My answer for today is: Anna Chicherova. From all of the athletes, she looks to be in the best shape at the moment. Ariane Friedrich had a hard time qualifying at the Olympics and Tia Hellebaut is maybe not in the shape of jumping at least 2.03 m to hope for the Gold medal. A surprise can anyway happen.
Final: Saturday, 11.08, 7:00 PM GMT