Athletics at the 1900 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Men's high jump
at the Games of the II Olympiad
Venue Bois de Boulogne
Date July 15
Competitors 8 from 7 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) Irving Baxter
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Patrick Leahy
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Lajos Gönczy
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1904 →

The men's high jump was a track & field athletics event at the 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris. It was held on July 15, 1900. Eight athletes from seven nations competed in the high jump.


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1900 Summer Olympics.

World Record 1.97(*) United States Michael Sweeney New York (USA) September 21, 1895
Olympic Record 1.81 United States Ellery Clark Athens (GRE) April 10, 1896 (NS)

(*) unofficial

Irving Baxter improved the Olympic record twice. At first he jumped 1.85 metres and finally he also cleared 1.90 metres.


Baxter won easily, clearing 1.85 metres and 1.90 metres. With no one else close, he attempted to break the world record, 1.97 metres at the time. He failed all three times he attempted it, but still took the gold medal.

Place Athlete Height
1  Irving Baxter (USA) 1.90 m
2  Patrick Leahy (GBR) 1.78 m
3  Lajos Gönczy (HUN) 1.75 m
4  Carl Albert Andersen (NOR) 1.70 m
 Erik Lemming (SWE) 1.70 m
 Waldemar Steffen (GER) 1.70 m
7  Louis Monnier (FRA) 1.60 m
8  Tore Blom (SWE) 1.50 m


  • International Olympic Committee.
  • De Wael, Herman. Herman's Full Olympians: "Athletics 1900". Accessed 18 March 2006. Available electronically at [1].
  • Mallon, Bill (1998). The 1900 Olympic Games, Results for All Competitors in All Events, with Commentary. Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers. ISBN 0-7864-0378-0.