Athletics at the 1984 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Athletics at the
1984 Summer Olympics
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These are the official results of the men's high jump event at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, California. The event was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on 10–11 August 1984.


Eight out of 16 event finalists at the 1980 Olympics were absent as a result of the Soviet-led boycott, including all three medalists (although bronze-winning East German jumper Jörg Freimuth had retired in 1982). Another major absence, due to the boycott, was Soviet Union's young Hennadiy Avdyeyenko who won the inaugural 1983 World Championship less than a year prior to the 1984 Olympics. Avdyeyenko later went on to win gold in 1988. Going into the competition, a clear favourite was China's Zhu Jianhua, who won bronze in the 1983 World Championships and who had set a new world record of 2.39 m on 10 June 1984, less than two months before the Games in Los Angeles.


Date Round
Friday, 10 August 1984 Qualifications
Saturday, 11 August 1984 Finals


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

World record  Zhu Jianhua (CHN) 2.39 m Eberstadt, West Germany 10 June 1984
Olympic record  Gerd Wessig (GDR) 2.36 m Moscow, Soviet Union 1 August 1980



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified

Qualifying round[edit]

Qualification rule: qualifying performance 2.24 m (Q) or twelve best performers (q) advance to the final.

Rank Group Name Nationality 2.05 2.10 2.15 2.18 2.21 2.24 Result Note
1= A Milton Goode United States o o o 2.24 Q
1= A Patrik Sjöberg Sweden o o o o 2.24 Q
1= A Zhu Jianhua China o o o o 2.24 Q
1= B Liu Yunpeng China o o o o 2.24 Q
1= A Doug Nordquist United States o o o o 2.24 Q
1= A Milton Ottey Canada o o o o o 2.24 Q
1= A Dietmar Mögenburg West Germany o o o 2.24 Q
8 A Dwight Stones United States o o xo o 2.24 Q
9= B Cai Shu China o o o xo 2.24 Q
9= A Erkki Niemi Finland o o o o xo 2.24 Q
11 A Roland Dalhäuser Switzerland xxo xo 2.24 Q
12 A Carlo Thränhardt West Germany o x– o xxo 2.24 Q
13= B John Atkinson Australia o o o xo o xxx 2.21
13= B Thomas Eriksson Sweden o o xo o xxx 2.21
15= A Eddy Annys Belgium o xo xxx 2.21
15= B Geoff Parsons Great Britain o xo xxx 2.21
15= A Takao Sakamoto Japan o o o xo xxx 2.21
18 A Gerd Nagel West Germany o xo o o xxx 2.18
19 B Hrvoje Fižuleto Yugoslavia o xxo xo o xxx 2.18
20 B Alain Metellus Canada o o xo xxx 2.18
21 B Nick Saunders Bermuda o o xxo xxx 2.18
22= B Novica Čanović Yugoslavia o xxx 2.15
22= B Dimitrios Kattis Greece o xxx 2.15
24 A Franck Verzy France o xo xxx 2.15
25 B Desmond Morris Jamaica xo xo xxx 2.15
26= B Chin-Chiang Liu Chinese Taipei o xo xxx 2.10
26= B Tin-Sau Lam Hong Kong o xo xxx 2.10
28 B Mutale Mulenga Zambia xo xxx 2.05 NR
N/A A Stephen Wray Bahamas xxx NM
N/A B Mark Naylor Great Britain xxx NM


Rank Name Nationality 2.15 2.18 2.21 2.24 2.27 2.29 2.31 2.33 2.35 2.40 Result Note
1st, gold medalist(s) Dietmar Mögenburg West Germany o o o o o o xxx 2.35
2nd, silver medalist(s) Patrik Sjöberg Sweden o xo o xo xo xxx 2.33
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Zhu Jianhua China o o o o x– xx 2.31
4 Dwight Stones United States o o x– o xxx 2.31
5 Doug Nordquist United States o o o o xxx 2.29
6 Milton Ottey Canada o o xo xo o xxx 2.29
7 Liu Yunpeng China o o o xxo xo xxx 2.29
8 Cai Shu China o xo o xo x– xx 2.27
9 Erkki Niemi Finland o xo xxo xxx 2.24
10 Carlo Thränhardt West Germany xo xx– 2.15
N/A Roland Dalhäuser Switzerland xxx NM
N/A Milton Goode United States xxx NM