Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump
|Men's high jump|
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Men's high jump victory ceremony
|Competitors||35 from 27 nations|
In the qualifying round, nobody needed to take an attempt at the automatic qualifying mark because they were at a tie for the 12th qualifying position at 2.26 metres with no misses before that height. Because there were two pits going on at the same time, they continued to 2.29 and half the field missed, two heights below the auto-qualifier. All the medalists came from those who made 2.29.
In the final, six athletes did not make it back to the qualifying height, including reigning world champion Jesse Williams and defending champion Andrey Silnov. Derek Drouin, Robert Grabarz and Mutaz Essa Barshim were clean through 2.29 and were in a three-way tie for first place. Erik Kynard cleared the next height 2.33. Somehow between jumps, Ivan Ukhov had taken off his singlet and it had gotten lost. As time clicked down, he pinned his number to a T-shirt and quickly took his jump at that height. It was successful, to move into a tie for first place. After the other three had failed, Jamie Nieto made a strategic decision to take an all or nothing jump at 2.36. It was a close attempt, but he missed it, Nieto finishing in 6th, the three-way tie left for the bronze medal. Kynard missed at 2.36, but Ukhov, again in his singlet, cleared. With silver guaranteed, Kynard passed to 2.38 to try to win. He missed but Ukhov again cleared. Kynard again passed to 2.40 to try to win. He missed, keeping the silver, with Ukhov clearly taking the gold.
The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and was eliminated if they failed to clear any height. Athletes who successfully jumped the qualifying height moved on the final. If fewer than 12 reached that height, the best 12 moved on. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes reached a height they could not jump.
|Sunday, 5 August 2012||19:05||Qualifications|
|Tuesday, 7 August 2012||19:00||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.
|World record||Javier Sotomayor (CUB)||2.45 m||Salamanca, Spain||27 July 1993|
|Olympic record||Charles Austin (USA)||2.39 m||Atlanta, United States||28 July 1996|
|2012 World leading||Ivan Ukhov (RUS)||2.39 m||Cheboksary, Russia||5 July 2012|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 2.32m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|1||B||Robert Grabarz||Great Britain||–||o||o||o||2.29||q|
|3||A||Erik Kynard||United States||o||o||o||xo||2.29||q|
|B||Jesse Williams||United States||o||o||o||xo||2.29||q|
|7||B||Jamie Nieto||United States||o||o||o||xxx||2.26||q|
|8||A||Mutaz Essa Barshim||Qatar||o||o||xo||xx-||2.26||q|
|21||B||Jaroslav Bába||Czech Republic||o||xo||xxx||2.21|
|28||A||Majed Aldin Ghazal||Syria||xo||xxx||2.16|
|A||Lee Hup Wei||Malaysia||xxo||xxx||2.16|
|N/A||A||Darvin Edwards||Saint Lucia||xxx||NM|
|Erik Kynard||United States||o||xo||o||o||x-||x-||x||2.33|
|Robert Grabarz||Great Britain||-||o||o||xxx||2.29|
|Mutaz Essa Barshim||Qatar||o||o||o||xxx||2.29|
|6||Jamie Nieto||United States||o||o||xo||xx-||x||2.29|
|Jesse Williams||United States||o||o||xxx||2.25|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Men's High Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Men's High Jump – Qualification". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "Men's High Jump – Final". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.