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Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

The men's high jump was one of four men's jumping events on the Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics program in Mexico City. Dick Fosbury won by using a backward jumping style that was called the Fosbury Flop.[1] This was the unveiling of the new style on the world stage. The style completely revolutionized the sport. By the mid 1970s and ever since, virtually all of the top competitors were using the new style.

Men's high jump
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
VenueEstadio Olímpico Universitario
DatesOctober 19–20
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Dick Fosbury  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ed Caruthers  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Valentin Gavrilov  Soviet Union
← 1964
1972 →

At 2.18 metres, high school 'phenomena', Reynaldo Brown and Valery Skvortsov topped out leaving the three medalists Valentin Gavrilov, Ed Caruthers and Richard Fosbury. The medalists were all clean at 2.20 metres. Fosbury took the lead by remaining clean at 2.22 metres, Caruthers needing a second attempt. Garilov couldn't make it. Richard Fosbury established his win by jumping over 2.24 metres on his last attempt, while Caruthers brushed his last attempt off.

MedalistsEdit

RecordsEdit

Prior to this competition, the existing world and Olympic records were as follows.

World record   Valeriy Brumel (URS) 2.28 m Moscow, Soviet Union 21 July 1963
Olympic record   Valeriy Brumel (URS) 2.18 m Tokyo, Japan 21 October 1964

ResultsEdit

QualifyingEdit

Rank Name Nationality Mark Notes
1 Dick Fosbury   United States 2.14 Q
2 Ed Caruthers   United States 2.14 Q
3 Valeriy Skvortsov   Soviet Union 2.14 Q
4 Ahmed Senoussi   Chad 2.14 Q
5 Giacomo Crosa   Italy 2.14 Q
6 Lawrie Peckham   Australia 2.14 Q
7 Miodrag Todosijević   Yugoslavia 2.12 Q
8 Ingomar Sieghart   West Germany 2.12 Q
9 Reynaldo Brown   United States 2.12 Q
10 Valentin Gavrilov   Soviet Union 2.12 Q
11 Luis María Garriga   Spain 2.12 Q
12 Robert Sainte-Rose   France 2.12 Q
13 Gunther Spielvogel   West Germany 2.12 Q
14 Thomas Zacharias   West Germany 2.09
15 Kuniyoshi Sugioka   Japan 2.09
16 Viktor Bolshov   Soviet Union 2.09
17 Bhim Singh   India 2.09
18 Henry Elliott   France 2.09
19 Jaroslav Alexa   Czechoslovakia 2.09
20 Ioannis Kousoulas   Greece 2.09
21 Mahamat Idriss   Chad 2.06
22 Tony Sneazwell   Australia 2.06
23 Teodoro Palacios   Guatemala 2.06
24 Kenneth Lundmark   Sweden 2.06
25 Rudolf Hübner   Czechoslovakia 2.06
26 Peter Boyce   Australia 2.06
27 Jón Ólafsson   Iceland 2.06
28 Michel Portmann   Switzerland 2.06
29 Fernando Abugattas   Peru 2.03
30 Fernand Tovondray   Madagascar 2.03
31 Thomas Wieser   Switzerland 2.03
32 Csaba Dosa   Romania 2.03
33 Wilf Wedmann   Canada 2.00
34 Polde Milek   Yugoslavia 2.00
35 Roberto Abugattas   Peru 2.00
36 Anthony Balfour   Bahamas 1.95
37 Hong Son-long   Chinese Taipei 1.95
38 Nurullah Candan   Turkey 1.95
39 Marconi Turay   Sierra Leone 1.90

FinalEdit

Held on October 20, 1968

Each jumper again had three attempts at each height, with the bar starting at 2.00 metres. Three jumpers were unable to perform as well as they had in the qualification.

Key: o = clear ; p = pass; x = fail; DNS = did not start

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 2.00 2.03 2.06 2.09 2.12 2.14 2.16 2.18 2.20 2.22 2.24 2.29
1 Dick Fosbury   United States 2.24 metres OR - O - O - O - O O O XXO XXX
2 Ed Caruthers   United States 2.22 metres - - - O - XXO - XXO O XO XXX
3 Valentin Gavrilov   Soviet Union 2.20 metres O O O O O O O - O XXX
4 Valery Skvortsov   Soviet Union 2.16 metres - O XO O XXO O XXO XXX
5 Reynaldo Brown   United States 2.14 metres - O - O - O - XXX
6 Giacomo Crosa   Italy 2.14 metres O - XO O O O XXX
7 Gunther Spielvogel   West Germany 2.14 metres - - O O XXO XO XXX
8 Lawrie Peckham   Australia 2.12 metres - O O O XO XXX
9 Robert Sainte-Rose   France 2.09 metres O - O O XXX
Ingomar Sieghart   West Germany 2.09 metres - O O O XXX
11 Luis María Garriga   Spain 2.09 metres O O O XXO XXX
12 Ahmed Senoussi   Chad 2.09 metres - - XO XXO XXX
13 Miodrag Todosijević   Yugoslavia 2.06 metres O - O XXX

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1968 Mexico City Summer Games: Men's High Jump". sports-reference.com. Retrieved 29 December 2017.

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