The high jump is one of the modern Olympic field events that has been around since the times of the games in ancient Greece and whilst there have been small changes in the actual construction of the site used the principal remains the same. Male and (unlike ancient times) female competitors are challenged to jump as high as they can over a bar which is gradually raised until the athlete with the highest jump is crowned the winner. Both current male and female World records are the longest standing in the history of the modern games so many are keen to finally shatter it.
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2016 Olympic High Jump Men's Result
Final - Wednesday 17th August 2016
|2nd||Mutaz Essa Barshim||Qatar||2.36|
2016 Olympic High Jump Women's Result
Final - Sunday 21st August 2016
The biggest change in high jump technique and success came in the 1960s when Dick Fosbury developed a style that won him Olympic Golld in 1968. At the time the spectacle of a man throwing himself backwards over the bar to gain extra inches was quite shocking, whereas nowadays it is a normal and accepted quirk of the Olympic Games.
Whilst declaring a winner would appear simple, given that the competitors have three chances to clear any height, two of them could both have succeeded and then both failed to clear the next level( usually 2cm higher than before), should this occur the number of failures are factored into the outcome. So if an athlete clears a height at his first attempt he will ultimately score better than his colleague who has taken three goes if ultimately each has achieved the same height in the end.
|Men||1993||Javier Sotomayor (CUB)||2.45m|
|Women||1987||Stefka Kostadinova (BUL)||2.09m|
High Jump Medallists - Men
|1896||Athens||Ellery Clark||James Connolly
|1900||Paris||Irving Baxter||Patrick Leahy||Lajos Gonczy|
|1904||St Louis||Samuel Jones||Garrett Serviss||Paul Weinstein|
|1908||London||Harry Porter||Geo Andre
|1912||Stockholm||Alma Richards||Hans Liesche||George Horine|
|1920||Antwerp||Richmond Landon||Harold Muller||Bo Ekelund|
|1924||Paris||Harold Osborn||Leroy Brown||Pierre Lewden|
|1928||Amsterdam||Bob King||Benjamin Hedges||Claude Menard|
|1932||Los Angeles||Duncan McNaughton||Bob Van Osdel||Simeon Toribio|
|1936||Berlin||Cornelius Johnson||Dave Albritton||Delos Thurber|
|1948||London||John Winter||Bjorn Paulson||George Stanich|
|1952||Helsinki||Walt Davis||Ken Wiesner||Jose da Conceicao|
|1956||Melbourne||Charles Dumas||Chilla Porter||Igor Kashkarov|
|1960||Rome||Robert Shavlakadze||Valeriy Brumel||John Thomas|
|1964||Tokyo||Valeriy Brumel||John Thomas||John Rambo|
|1968||Mexico City||Dick Fosbury||Ed Caruthers||Valentin Gavrilov|
|1972||Munich||Juri Tarmak||Stefan Junge||Dwight Stones|
|1976||Montreal||Jacek Wszola||Greg Joy||Dwight Stones|
|1980||Moscow||Gerd Wessig||Jacek Wszola||Jorg Freimuth|
|1984||Los Angeles||Dietmar Mogenburg||Patrik Sjoberg||Zhu Jianhua|
|1988||Seoul||Hennadiy Avdyeyenko||Hollis Conway||Rudolf Povarnitsyn
|1992||Barcelona||Javier Sotomayor||Patrik Sjoberg||Hollis Conway
|1996||Atlanta||Charles Austin||Artur Partyka||Steve Smith|
|2000||Sydney||Sergey Klyugin||Javier Sotomayor||Abderahmane Hammad|
|2004||Athens||Stefan Holm||Matt Hemingway||Jaroslav Baba|
|2008||Beijing||Andrey Silnov||Germaine Mason||Yaroslav Rybakov|
|2012||London||Ivan Ukhov||Erik Kynard||Mutaz Essa Barshim
High Jump Medallists - Women
|1928||Amsterdam||Ethel Catherwood||Lien Gisolf||Mildred Wiley|
|1932||Los Angeles||Jean Shiley||Babe Didrikson||Eva Dawes|
|1936||Berlin||Ibolya Csak||Dorothy Tyler-Odam||Elfriede Kaun|
|1948||London||Alice Coachman||Dorothy Tyler-Odam||Micheline Ostermeyer|
|1952||Helsinki||Esther Brand||Sheile Lerwill||Aleksandra Chudina|
|1956||Melbourne||Mildred McDaniel||Thelma Hopkins
|1960||Rome||Iolanda Balas||Jaroslawa Jozwiakowska
|1964||Tokyo||Iolanda Balas||Michele Brown||Taisia Chenchik|
|1968||Mexico City||Miloslava Rezkova||Antonina Lazareva||Valentina Kozyr|
|1972||Munich||Ulrike Meyfarth||Yordanka Blagoeva||Ilona Gusenbauer|
|1976||Montreal||Rosemarie Ackermann||Sara Simeoni||Yordanka Blagoeva|
|1980||Moscow||Sara Simeoni||Urszula Kielan||Jutta Kirst|
|1984||Los Angeles||Ulrike Meyfarth||Sara Simeoni||Joni Huntley|
|1988||Seoul||Louise Ritter||Stefka Kostadinova||Tamara Bykova|
|1992||Barcelona||Heike Henkel||Alina Astafei||Ioamnet Quintero|
|1996||Atlanta||Stefka Kostadinova||Niki Bakogianni||Inha Babakova|
|2000||Sydney||Yelena Yelesina||Hestrie Cloete||Kajsa Bergqvist
|2004||Athens||Yelena Slesarenko||Hestrie Cloete||Vita Styopina|
|2008||Beijing||Tia Hellebaut||Blanka Vlasic||Anna Chicherova|
|2012||London||Anna Chicherova||Brigetta Barrett||Svetlana Shkolina|
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