Discipline: High Jump
• Both men and women compete in the high jump events.
• The high jump was included in the 1896 Olympic Games for men and has been a part of the Summer Olympics ever since.
• It was introduced for women in the 1928 Amsterdam Summer Games.
• A jumper will take a running start and approach the bar from any angle to jump over a horizontal bar supported by two posts and land in a pit of foam rubber, or an air-inflated pad.
• The Fosbury flop is a type of jump where the athlete takes off on their outside foot, which is the foot further from the bar.
• An athlete will either straddle the bar or use the Fosbury flop.
Credit: Hasse Stogren
• An athlete will be disqualified if they miss all three attempts to clear the height of the jump.
• The height of the bar is predetermined by the organizing committee, who is authorized by the IAAF.
• For each new jump the horizontal bar must be raised at least 2 centimeters.
• The jumps are measured perpendicularly from the ground.
• If the bar is displaced after an athlete jumps they could be disqualified.
• The length of the runway has to be 15 meters long and can be 20 to 25 meters long.
• Judges score on overall height, take-off height, flight height, reach height and loss height.
• The athlete is scored based upon a one-legged jump or a two-legged jump.
Photo Courtesy of Confederação Brasileira de Atletismo
List of Olympic Events
• High jump men
• High jump women
Medals for 2004 Summer Olympics
|High jump men||Stefan Holm
(SWE) 2,36 m
(USA) 2,34 m
|High jump women||Yelena Slesarenko
(RUS) 2,06 m
World Record Holder
• Javier Sotomayor of Cuba currently holds the world record in this event with jumps of 2.43 m (8 feet) and 2.45 m (8 feet ½ inch).
Olympic Record Holder
• Charles Austin of the USA holds the Olympic record for men with 2.39m at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta, GA.
• Yelena Slesarenko of Russia holds the Olympic record with 2.06m at the 2004 Olympic Games Athens in Athens.
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