Per Andersen wrote:
She will be difficult to beat in the coming season.
Then she will need to improve. This was a down year for the Women's HJ with only 3 jumpers over 2 meters. Shkolina was undefeated in the 6 meets she competed in. She beat a past her prime Chicherova and a Barrett in a seasonal decline. No Vlasic to speak of and no Friedrich. Shkolina only cleared 2m twice and equalled her 2.03 from 2012. That's the lowest for a world #1 since well back in the last century.
2005, 2000 and 2001 were this century last I recalled and Chicherova won with 2.03 in 2011. Bar two occasions
Regardless, Shkolina brings her A game to championships where she seems to have a nack for jumped her PB in recent years. Only Vlasic and Chicherova has jumped higher in global championships for more than half a decade. I rate Barrett highly but she is still new and not yet jumped over 2.03m in a global championships. I think the nature of her misses in the WC showed a bit of mental toughness as favourite must be developed. But she has a long career ahead and I don't doubt WR attempts in a few years. Fredrich has never jumped 2.03 in a championships and it's highly debatable if she will return to any sort of 2.00m quality given her injuries these past few years.
Of course we can wait and see. I don't think Chicherova is past her prime, she still had a solid season and lost the WCs being unusual technically poor over the bar, however she still clearly has the height in her legs from her misses. Vlasic of course is a wait and see. It must be concerning that her injury flared up prior to the championships.