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Jean Shiley

Full name: Jean Marie Shiley (-Newhouse)
Gender: Female
Height: 5-7.5 (172 cm)
Weight: 134 lbs (61 kg)
Born: November 20, 1911 in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: March 11, 1998 in Los Angeles, California, United States
Affiliations: Haverford HS, Haverford (USA) / Meadowbrook Club, Philadelphia (USA)
Country: USA United States
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Gold (1 Total)

Biography

As a 16-year-old schoolgirl from Haverford High School, Jean Shiley placed fourth in the 1928 Olympic high jump. The following year she won both the AAU indoor and outdoor titles and repeated the double for the next three years, although she tied for the 1932 outdoor title with Babe Didrikson. She was destined to meet Didrikson again later in the season in a classic Olympic final. Both cleared 5-5 (1.65) for a new world record, and in the jump-off both were over at 5-5¾ (1.67), but the judges ruled that Didrikson had illegally dived over the bar and the gold medal went to Shiley. IAAF rules at the time prohibited world records being recognized if set in a jump-off, so both Shiley and Didrikson were credited with a new world record of 5-5 (1.65). Jean Shiley, who joined the Meadowbrook Club of Philadelphia after leaving school, also set an unofficial world record of 5-3½ (1.61) at Boston in April 1930.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.65 (1932).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics Women's High Jump United States USA 4
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics Women's High Jump United States USA 1 Gold WR

Women's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank H C/F/P
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics United States Final Round 4 1.51
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round 1T QU 1.40
1928 Summer 16 Amsterdam Athletics United States Qualifying Round Group B 1T 1.40
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Standings 1 WR 1.65
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.41 metres NP pass
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.44 metres NP pass
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.48 metres NP pass
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.50 metres 1T o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.52 metres 1T o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.55 metres 1T o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.58 metres 1T o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.60 metres 1T OR o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.62 metres 1T OR o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.65 metres 1T WR o
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Round 1.67 metres 1T xxx
1932 Summer 20 Los Angeles Athletics United States Final Jump-Off 1.67 metres 1 WR o
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