Athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Men's high jump
at the Games of the IV Olympiad
Venue White City Stadium
Date July 21
Competitors 22 from 10 nations
Gold medal    United States
Silver medal    France
Silver medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Hungary
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The men's high jump was one of six jumping events on the athletics at the 1908 Summer Olympics programme in London. The competition was held on Tuesday, July 21, 1908.

Twenty-two high jumpers from ten nations competed.


These are the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1908 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1.97(*) United States Michael Sweeney New York (USA) September 21, 1895
Olympic Record 1.90 United States Irving Baxter Paris (FRA) July 15, 1900

(*) unofficial

Harry Porter equalized the standing Olympic record with 1.90 metres.


Place Name Nation Height
1 Harry Porter United States 1.90 metres
2 Géo André France 1.88 metres
István Somodi Hungary 1.88 metres
Con Leahy Great Britain 1.88 metres
5 Herbert Gidney United States 1.85 metres
Tom Moffitt United States 1.85 metres
7 Neil Patterson United States 1.83 metres
8 Axel Hedenlund Sweden 1.80 metres
9 Patrick Leahy Great Britain 1.78 metres
10 George Barber Canada 1.77 metres
Edward Leader Great Britain 1.77 metres
Haswell Wilson Great Britain 1.77 metres
13 József Haluzsinsky Hungary 1.72 metres
Garfield MacDonald Canada 1.72 metres
Henry Olsen Norway 1.72 metres
16 Léon Dupont Belgium 1.67 metres
Folke Hellstedt Sweden 1.67 metres
Lauri Pihkala Finland 1.67 metres
19 Herman van Leeuwen Netherlands 1.65 metres
20 Al Bellerby Great Britain 1.59 metres
- Otto Monsen Norway NM
- Lauri Wilskman Finland NM


  • Official Report of the Games of the IV Olympiad (1908).
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1908". Accessed 31 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].