Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Men's high jump
at the Games of the I Olympiad
Men's high jump event in 1896 Summer Olympics.jpg
A picture from events
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 10
Competitors 5 from 3 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Ellery Clark
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Robert Garrett
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) James Connolly
 United States
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Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men
400 m men
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1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
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Long jump men
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High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men

The men's high jump was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. The high jump was held on 10 April. Five competitors took part in the event, three of them Americans. Ellery Clark, who had previously won the long jump, also won this event. Garrett and Connolly tied for second place.


Place Athlete Height
1  Ellery Clark (USA) 1.81 m
2  Robert Garrett (USA) 1.65 m
 James Connolly (USA) 1.65 m
4  Henrik Sjöberg (SWE) 1.60 m
5  Fritz Hofmann (GER) 1.55 m

All five cleared the bar at 1.50 and 1.55 metres. Hofmann was unable to clear 1.60 metres. Sjöberg made that jump, but could not clear 1.625 metres. All three Americans made that mark and the next, at 1.65 metres, but only Clark was able to clear 1.675 metres. He then cleared 1.70, 1.75, and 1.81 metres successively.


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