Erik Kynard

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Erik Kynard
Erik Kynard London 2012.jpg
Erik Kynard, London 2012
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1991-02-03) February 3, 1991 (age 26)
Toledo, Ohio
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg)
Country  United States
Sport Track and field
Event(s) High Jump
College team Kansas State University
Coached by Cliff Rovelto

Erik Kynard Jr. (born February 3, 1991) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a 21-year-old, he won a silver medal in the men's high jump. He is Dominik Dawson’s cousin who Is also a high jumper and track star.

Kynard was born in 1991, the son of Erik Kynard and Brandynn Adams. He is a 2009 graduate of Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Kansas State University where he trains under Cliff Rovelto. He jumps off his right leg.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Kynard made the Olympic team by placing second behind Jamie Nieto with a height of 2.28 m. At the Olympics, Kynard won silver[1] behind Russian Ivan Ukhov with a height of 2.33 m, the first major international medal of his career. Ukhov won the competition with a height of 2.38 m. Throughout the high jump competition, Kynard was noticed by his American-themed tube socks.

At the start of the 2013 outdoor season, he cleared a world-leading mark of 2.34 m at the Mt SAC Relays.[2] He won the high jump title at the United States Outdoor National Championships in 2014 and 2015: in the latter he tied his personal best, and the Meet record, of 2.37m (7' 9-1/4").

Major competition record[edit]

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 19th (q) High jump 2.10 m
2009 Pan American Junior Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2nd High jump 2.10 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 14th (q) High jump 2.28 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 13th High jump 2.15 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 2nd High jump 2.33 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th High jump 2.32 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 4th High jump 2.34 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 8th High jump 2.25 m
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 3rd High jump 2.33 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th High jump 2.33 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom High jump NM

Personal bests[edit]

Event Best (m) Venue Date
High jump (outdoor) 2.37 Lausanne, Switzerland June 4, 2013
High jump (indoor) 2.33 Fayetteville February 12, 2011
  • All information taken from IAAF profile.


  1. ^ "Erik Kynard wins high jump at U.S. Olympic track and field trials". Retrieved 2017-12-08. 
  2. ^ Lee, Kirby (2013-04-21). Kynard's 2.34m among seven world leads at Mt SAC Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-22.

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