Tanya Hughes

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Tanya Hughes
Medal record
Women’s Athletics
Representing  United States
Gold medal – first place 1993 Buffalo High jump
Pan American Junior Championships
Silver medal – second place 1991 Kingston High jump

Tanya Yvette Hughes (née Jones; born January 25, 1972) is a retired high jumper from the United States, who set her personal best on May 22, 1992, jumping 1.97 metres at a meet in Eugene, Oregon.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland, Hughes is a three-time American junior national indoor champion: 1989, 1990 and 1991, and a two-time national outdoor champion (1992 and 1993). She was a member of the 1992 US Olympic team in Barcelona, Spain. In 1993 she won gold at the World University Games in Buffalo, New York. Tanya attended the University of Arizona where she was a four-time NCAA high jump champion (indoor-1991 and Outdoor-1991, 1992, 1993). She was named the 1994 NCAA Woman of the Year based on her scholarship, leadership and athletic accomplishments over her collegiate career. Her 1991 clearance of 1.94m, stood as the American junior high jump record until 2015.


All results regarding high jump.

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing the  United States
1988 World Junior Championships Sudbury, Canada 16th (q) 1.75 m
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 11th 1.81 m
1991 Pan American Junior Championships Kingston, Jamaica 2nd 1.87 m
Pan American Games Havana, Cuba 4th 1.80 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 11th 1.88 m (1.92)
1993 World University Games (Universiade) Buffalo, United States 1st 1.95 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 7th 1.91 m (1.93)
(q) Indicates overall position in qualifying round


Sporting positions
Preceded by USA National High Jump Champion
Succeeded by