Steinar Hoen

Steinar Hoen (born 8 February 1971) is a retired Norwegian high jumper. He represented IK Tjalve during his senior career. He has been the meeting director for the Bislett Games since 2007.[1] His indoor and outdoor bests are both 2.36 m – these are also the Norwegian records for the event.

Steinar Hoen
Hoen at 2012 Bislett Games
Personal information
Born8 February 1971


In his early career he finished eleventh at the 1990 World Junior Championships, fourteenth at the 1991 World Championships, ninth at the 1992 European Indoor Championships and ninth at the 1993 IAAF World Indoor Championships. He competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics together with Håkon Särnblom without reaching the finals.

In 1994 he finished fourth at the European Indoor Championships before winning the European Championships in August with a jump of 2.35 metres. This result was a competition record for exactly twelve years, until Andrey Silnov surpassed it by 2.36 m.

Hoen came close to medals in 1995, with fourth places from both the World Indoor Championships and World Championships, before he won another European medal with a bronze medal at the 1996 European Indoor Championships. He then finished fifth at the 1996 Summer Olympics, eighth at the 1997 IAAF World Indoor Championships, fourth at the 1997 World Championships and sixth at the 1998 European Championships.[2] He became Norwegian champion in the years 1991 and 1993-1998.[3]

His personal best jump was 2.36 metres, achieved in July 1997 in Oslo. This is the current Norwegian record. He cleared 2.30 metres or more 32 times, whereas Särnblom only cleared this height or more twice.[4] Hoen already had a personal indoor best of 2.36 m, from February 1994 in Balingen.

Hoen intended to make a brief comeback at the 2006 Norwegian championships,[5] but failed to show up at the competition.[6]

He lives at Strand.

Competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Notes
Representing  Norway
1989 European Junior Championships Varaždin, Yugoslavia 12th 2.14 m
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 11th 2.10 m
1991 World Championships Tokyo, Japan 14th 2.20 m
1992 European Indoor Championships Genoa, Italy 9th 2.23 m
Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 15th (q) 2.23 m
1993 World Indoor Championships Toronto, Canada 9th 2.24 m
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 15th (q) 2.25 m
1994 European Indoor Championships Paris, France 4th 2.31 m
European Championships Helsinki, Finland 1st 2.35 m
1995 World Indoor Championships Barcelona, Spain 4th 2.32 m
World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 4th 2.35 m
1996 European Indoor Championships Stockholm, Sweden 3rd 2.31 m
Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 5th 2.32 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 8th 2.25 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 4th 2.30 m
1998 Goodwill Games Uniondale, United States 4th 2.25 m
European Championships Budapest, Hungary 6th 2.30 m


  1. Happy Hoen finally gets a high jump in Oslo Archived 2011-05-15 at the Wayback Machine. European Athletics (2011-05-13). Retrieved on 2011-05-14.
  2. Norwegian international athletes - S Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  3. Norwegian championships in high jump Archived 2008-02-05 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  4. Norwegian all-time list high jump Archived 2008-06-07 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)
  5. NTB (15 June 2006). "Hoen gjør comeback". Aftenposten (in Norwegian). Retrieved 2007-01-02.
  6. Results - 2006 Norwegian championships, day three Archived 2007-09-30 at the Wayback Machine (in Norwegian)