Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

The men's high jump event at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, 22 September and Sunday, 24 September.[1] Thirty-five athletes from 24 nations competed.[2] The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The high jump has been ever present since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. The event was won by Sergey Klyugin of Russia, the nation's first medal and victory in the men's high jump in the nation's first appearance after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Javier Sotomayor of Cuba was the eighth man to win a second medal in the event (and first to do so in non-consecutive Games, earning his first in 1992); he joined Valeriy Brumel and Jacek Wszoła as the most successful Olympic high jumpers in history with a gold and a silver—despite missing the 1984 and 1988 Games due to boycott and being hampered by injury in 1996. Abderrahmane Hammad's bronze was Algeria's first medal in the men's high jump.

Men's high jump
at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad
Clearing the bar in the men's high jump final Sydney 2000.jpg
Silver medallist Javier Sotomayor
VenueStadium Australia
Dates22 September 2000 (qualifying)
24 September 2000 (final)
Competitors35 from 24 nations
Winning height2.35
1st place, gold medalist(s) Sergey Klyugin
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Javier Sotomayor
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Abderrahmane Hammad
← 1996
2004 →


This was the 24th appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The returning finalists from the 1996 Games were gold medalist Charles Austin of the United States, fourth-place finisher (and 1992 finalist) Dragutin Topić of Yugoslavia, seventh-place finisher Tim Forsyth of Australia, eighth-place finisher Lee Jin-taek of South Korea, ninth-place finisher Wolfgang Kreißig of Germany, and twelfth-place finisher (and 1992 gold medalist) Javier Sotomayor of Cuba. Sotomayor, healthy again after being limited in 1992 due to an ankle injury, had been suspended after testing positive for cocaine but was reinstated before the Games. He and Austin were medal contenders (both hoping to become the first man to win two gold medals in the high jump), but the favorite was world champion Vyacheslav Voronin of Russia.[2]

Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kazakhstan, Lebanon, New Zealand, and Russia each made their debut in the event. The United States made its 23rd appearance, most of any nation, having missed only the boycotted 1980 Games.


Each National Olympic Committee was permitted to enter up to three athletes that had jumped 2.28 metres or higher during the qualification period. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. If an NOC had no athletes that qualified under that standard, one athlete that had jumped 2.25 metres or higher could be entered.[3]

Competition formatEdit

The competition used the two-round format introduced in 1912. There were two distinct rounds of jumping with results cleared between rounds. Jumpers were eliminated if they had three consecutive failures, whether at a single height or between multiple heights if they attempted to advance before clearing a height.

The qualifying round had the bar set at 2.15 metres, 2.20 metres, 2.24 metres, 2.27 metres, and 2.30 metres. All jumpers clearing 2.30 metres in the qualifying round advanced to the final. If fewer than 12 jumpers could achieve it, the top 12 (including ties) would advance to the final.

The final had jumps at 2.20 metres, 2.25 metres, 2.29 metres, 2.32 metres, and 2.35 metres.[2][4]


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 2000 Summer Olympics.

World record   Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.45 Salamanca, Spain 27 July 1993
Olympic record   Charles Austin (USA) 2.39 Atlanta, United States 28 July 1988

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


All times are Australian Eastern Standard Time (UTC+10)

Date Time Round
Friday, 22 September 2000 19:25 Qualifying
Sunday, 24 September 2000 18:10 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

All distances shown are in meters.


The qualifying round was held on Friday, 22 September 2000. The qualifying height was 2.30 metres. The remaining spaces in the final were filled by the highest jumps until there were at least 12 qualifiers. After only 13 athletes clear 2.27 metres, no jumpers attempted 2.30 metres and all 13 advanced.

Qualification: 2.30 m (Q) or best 12 performances (q)[5]

Rank Group Athlete Nation 2.15 2.20 2.24 2.27 Height Notes
1 A Stefan Holm   Sweden o o o 2.27 q
A Konstantin Matusevich   Israel o o o o 2.27 q
B Wolfgang Kreissig   Germany o o o 2.27 q
B Vyacheslav Voronin   Russia o o o 2.27 q
5 A Sergey Kliugin   Russia xo o o 2.27 q
6 B Nathan Leeper   United States o xxo o 2.27 q
7 A Abderrahmane Hammad   Algeria o o xo 2.27 q
B Kwaku Boateng   Canada o o xo 2.27 q
B Sergii Dymchenko   Ukraine o o o xo 2.27 q
B Staffan Strand   Sweden o o xo 2.27 q
B Javier Sotomayor   Cuba o xo 2.27 q
12 B Kenny Evans   United States o xo o xo 2.27 q
13 A Mark Boswell   Canada o xo xxo 2.27 q
14 A Elvir Krehmić   Bosnia and Herzegovina o o o xxx 2.24
A Tim Forsyth   Australia o o o xxx 2.24
16 A Christian Rhoden   Germany o o xo xxx 2.24
A Andriy Sokolovskyy   Ukraine o o xo xxx 2.24
A Mika Polku   Finland o o xo xxx 2.24
19 A Yuriy Pakhlyayev   Kazakhstan o o xxo xxx 2.24
20 A Charles Austin   United States o x– xx 2.20
21 B Lee Jin-taek   South Korea x– o xxx N/A 2.20
B Dragutin Topić   Yugoslavia xo o xx– x 2.20
23 B Wilbert Pennings   Netherlands xo xxx 2.20
B Brendan Reilly   Ireland xo xxx N/A 2.20
B Gilmar Mayo   Colombia o xo xxx N/A 2.20
26 B Toni Huikuri   Finland o xxo xxx N/A 2.20
27 A Benjamin Challenger   Great Britain o xxx N/A 2.15
A Ruslan Glyvynskyy   Ukraine o xxx N/A 2.15
A Takahisa Yoshida   Japan o xxx N/A 2.15
A Stevan Zorić   Yugoslavia o xxx N/A 2.15
B Pyotr Brayko   Russia o xxx N/A 2.15
B Glenn Howard   New Zealand o xxx N/A 2.15
33 A Jean-Claude Rabbath   Lebanon xo xxx N/A 2.15
34 A Aleksei Lelin   Belarus xxo xxx N/A 2.15
B Hugo Muñoz   Peru xxx N/A No mark
B Labros Papakostas   Greece DNS



Rank Athlete Nation 2.20 2.25 2.29 2.32 2.35 Height Notes
  Sergey Kliugin   Russia o o xo o 2.35 SB
  Javier Sotomayor   Cuba o o xxx 2.32 SB
  Abderrahmane Hammad   Algeria o o xo o xxx 2.32
4 Stefan Holm   Sweden o o xxo o xxx 2.32
5 Konstantin Matusevich   Israel o o o xxo xxx 2.32
6 Mark Boswell   Canada xo o xxo xxx 2.32
Staffan Strand   Sweden xo o xxo xxx 2.32
8 Wolfgang Kreissig   Germany o o o xxx N/A 2.29
9 Sergii Dymchenko   Ukraine o xo o xxx N/A 2.29
10 Vyacheslav Voronin   Russia o o xxo xxx N/A 2.29
11 Nathan Leeper   United States o o xxx N/A 2.25
12 Kwaku Boateng   Canada xo xo xxx N/A 2.25
13 Kenny Evans   United States xo xxx N/A 2.20


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 2000 Sydney Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 2 January 2018.
  2. ^ a b c "High Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 17 September 2020.
  3. ^[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ Official Report, vol. 3, p. 88.
  5. ^ "Qualification results". IAAF. Retrieved 14 October 2018.
  6. ^ "Final results". Retrieved 15 October 2018.

External linksEdit

Source: Official Report of the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics available at