Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's standing high jump

The men's standing high jump was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 16, 1900. Three athletes, all from the United States, competed in the standing high jump. The event was won by Ray Ewry of the United States, who took gold in all three of the standing jumps in 1900 (and in all three in 1900 and in both that remained on the programme in each of the 1904, 1906 Intercalated, and 1908 Games). His teammate Irving Baxter earned silver in all three 1900 standing jumps. The American sweep (guaranteed with only Americans competing) was completed with Lewis Sheldon taking bronze.

Men's standing high jump
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Ray Ewry vainqueur du saut en hauteur sans élan aux JO de 1900 (1m65 - WR).jpg
Ray Ewry competing
VenueBois de Boulogne
DateJuly 16
Competitors3 from 1 nation
Winning height1.655 WR
1st place, gold medalist(s) Ray Ewry
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Irving Baxter
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Lewis Sheldon
 United States
1904 →


This was the first appearance of the event, which was held four times from 1900 to 1912.[1]

Competition formatEdit

There was a single round of jumping.


This was a new event with no standing Olympic record. The world record prior to the Games is not clear, though Ray Ewry is credited with breaking it both at 1.63 metres and again at 1.655 metres.


Date Time Round
Monday, 16 July 1900 Final


Ewry had little difficulty winning this event, setting a world record at 1.630 metres and then another at 1.655 metres, also the first Olympic record.

Rank Athlete Nation Height Notes
  Ray Ewry   United States 1.655 WR
  Irving Baxter   United States 1.525
  Lewis Sheldon   United States 1.500


  1. ^ "Standing High Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 22 January 2021.