Athletics at the 1948 Summer Olympics – Women's high jump

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Women's high jump
at the Games of the XIV Olympiad
DatesAugust 7 (final)
1st, gold medalist(s) Alice Coachman
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dorothy Tyler
 Great Britain
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Micheline Ostermeyer
← 1936
1952 →

The women's high jump event was part of the track and field athletics programme at the 1948 Summer Olympics. The competition was held on August 7, 1948. The final was won by Alice Coachman of the United States.[1]


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Fanny Blankers-Koen (NED) 1.71 m Amsterdam, Netherlands 30 May 1943
Olympic record  Jean Shiley (USA)
 Babe Didrikson (USA)
1.65 m Los Angeles, United States 7 August 1932

The following new Olympic record was set during this competition:

Date Event Athlete Time Notes
7 August Final  Alice Coachman (USA)
 Dorothy Tyler (GBR)
1.68 m OR


All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Saturday, 7 August 1948 15:35 Finals


Rank Athlete Nationality 1.61 1.64 1.66 1.68 1.70 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Alice Coachman  United States o xo xo o xxx 1.68 OR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Dorothy Tyler  Great Britain o xxo o xo xxx 1.68 OR
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Micheline Ostermeyer  France xo xxx 1.61
4 Vinton Beckett  Jamaica 1.58
4 Doreen Dredge  Canada 1.58
6 Bertha Crowther  Great Britain 1.58
7 Ilse Steinegger  Austria 1.55
8 Dora Gardner  Great Britain 1.55
9 Anne Iversen  Denmark 1.50
9 Simone Ruas  France 1.50
11 Carmen Phipps  Jamaica 1.50
11 Bernice Robinson  United States 1.50
11 Shirley Gordon  Canada 1.50
14 Anne-Marie Colchen  France 1.40
14 Emma Reed  United States 1.40
14 Triny Bourkel  Luxembourg 1.40
17 Elizabeth Müller  Brazil 1.40
17 Olga Gyarmati  Hungary 1.40
19 Elaine Silburn  Canada 1.40

Key: OR = Olympic record


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1948 London Summer Games: Women's High Jump". Retrieved 27 December 2017.