Ariane Friedrich at European Athletics Championships in Barcelone 2010.
Personal information Birth name Ariane Tempel Nationality German Born 10 January 1984 Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in) Sport Country Germany Sport Track and field Event(s) High jump Ariane Friedrich, born Tempel (born 10 January 1984 in Nordhausen) is a German high jumper. She won the bronze medal at the 2009 World Championships and represented Germany at the 2008 Summer Olympics. She is the German outdoor record holder in the event with a best of 2.06 m, although this is 1 cm less than the indoor record held by Heike Henkel. [1 ]
German champion in 2004, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, and represents the club LG Eintracht Frankfurt.
Controversy arose in 2012 when she named an alleged stalker on
Facebook, potentially violating German privacy laws. [2 ] [3 ] [4 ] Career [edit ]
Friedrich won the
gold medal at the 2003 European Junior Championships, the bronze medal at the [5 ] 2005 Summer Universiade, silver at the 2007 Summer Universiade and the gold medal at the 2009 Summer Universiade.
The 2008 indoor season saw significant improvement in Friedrich's clearances: she improved her best by 8 cm during the period, clearing two metres for the first time and setting her top mark at 2.02 m. Her coach noted that these achievements were due to her improved work ethic and focus.
She finished eighth at the [6 ] 2008 World Indoor Championships and took seventh in the high jump final at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Her 2009 indoor season started strongly with a win at the
2009 European Athletics Indoor Championships in a jump of 2.01 m. Her outdoor season started with a personal best jump of 2.06 metres in June 2009 at the Internationales Stadionfest, breaking Heike Henkel's outdoor national record of 2.05 m, and she won another gold at the [7 ] 2009 European Team Championships later that month. She gained a complete set of Universiade medals in July when she finally won the gold at the 2009 Summer Universiade.
Ariane Friedrich won the bronze medal at the
2009 World Championships in Athletics in Berlin. She reflected that the public pressure for her to become world champion had placed her under much stress. However, she was very happy at having achieved a jump of 2.02 m for third place behind Blanka Vlašić and Anna Chicherova. Friedrich missed the 2010 IAAF World Indoor Championships due to a knee injury and instead set her sights on medalling at the 2010 European Athletics Championships. She jumped 2.01 m at the European Championships in Barcelona, but she was beaten by Vlašić (who equalled the championship record) and also by [8 ] Emma Green on count-back, leaving her with the bronze medal. She became the first German woman to win at the Internationales Hochsprung-Meeting Eberstadt a month later. [9 ]
On December 22, 2010 she ruptured her left
Achilles tendon during training and will be ruled out of the entire 2011 season including the World Championships in Daegu. [10 ] Personal bests [edit ] All information taken from IAAF profile. Competition record [edit ]
Year Competition Venue Position Notes 2003 European Junior Championships Tampere, Finland 1st 1.88 m 2004 European Cup Bydgoszcz, Poland 3rd 2005 European Cup Florence, Italy 7th European U23 Championships Erfurt, Germany 3rd 1.90 m Universiade Izmir, Turkey 3rd 1.88 m 2007 European Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 11th (q) 1.87 m (xxo) Universiade Bangkok, Thailand 2nd 1.90 m (o) 2008 European Indoor Cup Moscow, Russia 1st 2.00 m World Indoor Championships Valencia, Spain 8th 1.93 (xo) Olympic Games Beijing, China 7th 1.96 m (o) World Athletics Final Stuttgart, Germany 4th 2009 European Indoor Championships Turin, Italy 1st 2.01 m (o) European Team Championships Leiria, Portugal 1st 2.02 m Universiade Belgrade, Serbia 1st 2.00 m (o) World Championships Berlin, Germany 3rd 2.02 m (xxo) 2010 European Team Championships Bergen, Norway 3rd 1.98 m (xxo) European Championships Barcelona, Spain 3rd 2.01 m (xxo) 2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 14th (q) 1.93 m (xxo) Results with a Q, indicate overall position in qualifying round. See also [edit ] References [edit ] External links [edit ]