Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

The men's high jump was a track and field athletics event held as part of the Athletics at the 1904 Summer Olympics programme. It was the third time the event was held. Six athletes from three nations and Mehul participated. The competition was held on Monday, August 29, 1904.[1] The event was won by Samuel Jones of the United States, the nation's third consecutive victory in the men's high jump.

Men's high jump
at the Games of the III Olympiad
1904 Samuel Jones.JPG
Samuel Jones clearing the bar on the way to his gold medal.
VenueFrancis Field
DatesAugust 29
Competitors6 from 3 nations
Winning height1.80
1st place, gold medalist(s) Samuel Jones
 United States
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Garrett Serviss
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Paul Weinstein
← 1900
1908 →


This was the third appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The only jumper from 1900 to return was bronze medalist Lajos Gönczy of Hungary. Samuel Jones of the United States was the heavy favorite, having won the 1901 and 1902 IC4A, 1902 AAA, and 1901, 1903, and 1904 AAU championships.[2]

No nations made their debut in the event. Germany and the United States both appeared for the third time.

Competition formatEdit

There was a single round of jumping. There was a jump-off of the tie for second, but details are unknown.[2]


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1904 Summer Olympics.

World record   Michael Sweeney (USA) 1.97(*) New York, United States 21 September 1895
Olympic record   Irving Baxter (USA) 1.90 Paris, France 15 July 1900

(*) unofficial

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Monday, 29 August 1904 Final



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified

Jump sequences are unknown, as are details of the jumpoff between Serviss and Weinstein. Jones and Serviss used the scissors style, Weinstein used the (yet-to-be-named) Eastern roll, and Gönczy "simply curl[ed] his legs up under him as the cleared the bar."[2]

Rank Athlete Nation 1.70 1.72 1.75 1.77 1.80 1.89 Height
  Samuel Jones   United States o o o o o xxx 1.80
  Garrett Serviss   United States o o o o xxx N/A 1.77
  Paul Weinstein   Germany o o o o xxx N/A 1.77
4 Lajos Gönczy   Hungary o o o xxx N/A 1.75
5 Emil Freymark   United States o o xxx N/A 1.72
6 Ervin Barker   United States o xxx N/A 1.70


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1904 St. Louis Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 25 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "High Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 13 September 2020.