Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Men's high jump
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Dates October 19–20
1st, gold medalist(s) Dick Fosbury  United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Ed Caruthers  United States
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Valentin Gavrilov  Soviet Union
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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The men's high jump was one of four men's jumping events on the Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics program in Mexico City. Dick Fosbury won by using a backward jumping style that was called the Fosbury Flop. This was the unveiling of the new style on the world stage. The style completely revolutionized the sport. By the mid 1970s and ever since, virtually all of the top competitors were using the new style.

At 2.18 high school phenom Reynaldo Brown and Valery Skvortsov topped out leaving the three medalists Valentin Gavrilov. Ed Caruthers and Fosbury. The medalists were all clean at 2.20. Fosbury took the lead by remaining clean at 2.22, Caruthers needing a second attempt. Garilov couldn't make it. Fosbury confirmed his win by making 2.24 on his last attempt, while Caruthers brushed his last attempt off.


Gold United States Dick Fosbury
United States (USA)
Silver United States Ed Caruthers
United States (USA)
Bronze Soviet Union Valentin Gavrilov


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

World record  Valeriy Brumel (URS) 2.28 m Moscow, Soviet Union 21 July 1963
Olympic record  Valeriy Brumel (URS) 2.18 m Tokyo, Japan 21 October 1964



Held on October 20, 1968

Each jumper again had three attempts at each height, with the bar starting at 2.00 metres. Three jumpers were unable to perform as well as they had in the qualification.

Place Athlete Nation Best mark 2.00 2.03 2.06 2.09 2.12 2.14 2.16 2.18 2.20 2.22 2.24 2.29
1 Dick Fosbury  United States 2.24 metres OR - O - O - O - O O O XXO XXX
2 Ed Caruthers  United States 2.22 metres - - - O - XXO - XXO O XO XXX
3 Valentin Gavrilov  Soviet Union 2.20 metres O O O O O O O - O XXX
4 Valery Skvortsov  Soviet Union 2.16 metres - O XO O XXO O XXO XXX
5 Reynaldo Brown  United States 2.14 metres - O - O - O - XXX
6 Giacomo Crosa  Italy 2.14 metres O - XO O O O XXX
7 Gunther Spielvogel  West Germany 2.14 metres - - O O XXO XO XXX
8 Lawrie Peckham  Australia 2.12 metres - O O O XO XXX
9 Robert Sainte-Rose  France 2.09 metres O - O O XXX
Ingomar Sieghart  West Germany 2.09 metres - O O O XXX
11 Luis María Garriga  Spain 2.09 metres O O O XXO XXX
12 Ahmed Senoussi  Chad 2.09 metres - - XO XXO XXX
13 Miodrag Todosijević  Yugoslavia 2.06 metres O - O XXX