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Steve Smith

Full name: James Stephenson "Steve" Smith
Gender: Male
Height: 6-0.5 (185 cm)
Weight: 154 lbs (70 kg)
Born: March 29, 1973 in Liverpool, Merseyside, Great Britain
Affiliations: Liverpool Harriers, Liverpool (GBR)
Country: GBR Great Britain
Sport: Athletics

Medals: 1 Bronze (1 Total)

Biography

A month after he made the Olympic final in Barcelona, Steve Smith equaled the world junior record of 2.37 metres in winning the World Junior Championships. This height was superior to the one that had won the Olympic title and has stood as the British record for nearly twenty years. Over the next four seasons he was one of the world's most consistent high jumpers and never finished lower than fourth at any of the major championships he contested. Third at the 1993 World Championships was followed by silver medals at the following year's European Championships and Commonwealth Games and then by a fourth place at the 1995 Worlds. Smith's bronze medal at the Atlanta Olympics was the first by a British male in the event since 1908. He competed at two more world championships but began to struggle with injury problems. A neck injury ruined the 1998 season for Smith then, in late 1999, his career was ended by a ruptured Achilles tendon. Following his retirement he opened a restaurant in his hometown of Liverpool and later became a motivational speaker and broadcaster.

Personal Best: HJ – 2.38i (1994).

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 12
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Men's High Jump Great Britain GBR 3 Bronze

Men's High Jump

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank BHC MBHC TMBHC C/F/P
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 12 2.24 0 0
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.15 metres 1T o 0 0 2.15
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.20 metres 10T p 0 0 2.15
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.24 metres 1T o 0 0 2.24
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.28 metres 8T p 0 0 2.24
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.31 metres 12 xxp 0 0 2.24
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.34 metres 10 x-- 0 0 2.24
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 2 QU 2.29 2 4
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2 2.29 2 4
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.00 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.05 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.10 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.15 metres 1T o 0 0 2.15
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.20 metres 11T p 0 0 2.15
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.23 metres 1T o 0 0 2.23
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.26 metres 8 xxo 2 2 2.26
1992 Summer 19 Barcelona Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group B 2.29 metres 2 xxo 2 4 2.29
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 3 2.35 1 2
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.15 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.20 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.25 metres 9T xo 1 1 2.25
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.29 metres 11T p 1 1 2.25
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.32 metres 3T o 0 1 2.32
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.35 metres 3 xo 1 2 2.35
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.37 metres 3 xxp 1 2 2.35
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Final Round 2.39 metres 3 x-- 1 2 2.35
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round 11T QU 2.28 1 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 7 2.28 1 3
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.10 metres NP p 0 0 NH
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.15 metres 1T o 0 0 2.15
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.20 metres 11T p 0 0 2.15
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.24 metres 8T xo 1 1 2.24
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.26 metres 9 xo 1 2 2.26
1996 Summer 23 Atlanta Athletics Great Britain Qualifying Round Group A 2.28 metres 7 xo 1 3 2.28
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