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Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

The men's high jump competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 5–7 August.[1]

Men's high jump
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Men's high jump victory ceremony.jpg
Men's high jump victory ceremony
VenueOlympic Stadium
Date5–7 August
Competitors35 from 27 nations
Winning height2.38
2nd, silver medalist(s) Erik Kynard  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Derek Drouin  Canada
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Robert Grabarz  Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar
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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 at 2.33. Somehow between jumps, Ivan Ukhov had taken off his singlet and it got 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 him 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 finished in 6th, with a three-way tie 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 winx but he missed, keeping the silver, and Ukhov took the gold.

On February 1 2019, gold medalist Ivan Ukhov was stripped of the gold medal by the Court of Arbitration in Sport for doping offences. At this time, medals have not yet been reallocated.[2]

Competition formatEdit

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.[3]


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Sunday, 5 August 2012 19:05 Qualifications
Tuesday, 7 August 2012 19:00 Finals


Prior to the competition, 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).

Rank Group Name Nationality 2.16 2.21 2.26 2.29 Result Note[4]
1 B Robert Grabarz   Great Britain o o o 2.29 q
2 B Ivan Ukhov   Russia o o xo 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
5 B Andriy Protsenko   Ukraine o xo xo xo 2.29 q
6 A Derek Drouin   Canada o xxo xo xxo 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
A Bohdan Bondarenko   Ukraine o o xo xx- 2.26 q
A Mickael Hanany   France o o xo xxx 2.26 q
A Andrey Silnov   Russia o o xo xxx 2.26 q
12 A Kyriakos Ioannou   Cyprus o o xxo xxx 2.26 q
B Michael Mason   Canada o o xxo xxx 2.26 q
B Wanner Miller   Colombia o o xxo xxx 2.26 q
15 A Aleksandr Shustov   Russia o xo xxo xxx 2.26
16 B Trevor Barry   Bahamas o o xxx 2.21
B Guilherme Cobbo   Brazil o o xxx 2.21
A Dmytro Dem'yanyuk   Ukraine o o xxx 2.21
A Osku Torro   Finland o o xxx 2.21
20 B Víctor Moya   Cuba xo o xx- x 2.21
21 B Jaroslav Bába   Czech Republic o xo xxx 2.21
B Diego Ferrín   Ecuador o xo xxx 2.21
B Gianmarco Tamberi   Italy o xo xxx 2.21
A Zhang Guowei   China o xo xxx 2.21
25 A Konstadínos Baniótis   Greece o xxo xxx 2.21
B Rožle Prezelj   Slovenia o xxo xxx 2.21
27 B Raivydas Stanys   Lithuania o xxx 2.16
28 A Majed Aldin Ghazal   Syria xo xxx 2.16
B Viktor Ninov   Bulgaria xo xxx 2.16
30 A Michal Kabelka   Slovakia xxo xxx 2.16
A Lee Hup Wei   Malaysia xxo xxx 2.16
A Donald Thomas   Bahamas xxo xxx 2.16
N/A A Andrei Churyla   Belarus xxx NM
N/A A Darvin Edwards   Saint Lucia xxx NM
N/A B Dragutin Topić   Serbia xxx NM


Rank Name Nationality 2.20 2.25 2.29 2.33 2.36 2.38 2.40 Result Note[5]
  Erik Kynard   United States o xo o o x- x- x 2.33
  Derek Drouin   Canada o o o xxx 2.29
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
7 Bohdan Bondarenko   Ukraine xo o xo xxx 2.29
8 Michael Mason   Canada o o xxo xxx 2.29
9 Wanner Miller   Colombia o o xxx 2.25
Jesse Williams   United States o o xxx 2.25
Andriy Protsenko   Ukraine o o xxx 2.25
12 Andrey Silnov   Russia o xo xxx 2.25
13 Kyriakos Ioannou   Cyprus o xxx 2.20
14 Mickael Hanany   France xo xxx 2.20
N/A Ivan Ukhov   Russia o o xo o o o x 2.38 DQ (doping)


  1. ^ Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
  3. ^ "Men's High Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
  4. ^ "Men's High Jump – Qualification". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
  5. ^ "Men's High Jump – Final". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 7 August 2012.