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
1st, gold medalist(s) Harry Porter  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Géo André  France
2nd, silver medalist(s) Con Leahy  Great Britain
2nd, silver medalist(s) István Somodi  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].