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Athletics at the 1936 Berlin Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Berlin, Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Imperial Sports Field, Berlin
Date Started: August 2, 1936
Date Finished: August 2, 1936

Gold: USA Corny Johnson
Silver: USA Dave Albritton
Bronze: USA Delos Thurber

Summary

Corny Johnson was favored but barely over teammate Dave Albritton. They had tied for first at the US Trials with world records 2.07 (6-9½). Johnson won the gold medal without a miss, clearing the winning 2.03 (6-7¾) on his first attempt. He failed three tries at a world record 2.08 (6-9¾). Albritton took silver over teammates Delos Thurber in a jump-off, clearing 1.97, as the US swept the medals. Johnson was snubbed by Adolf Hitler, who had congratulated all the other winners on that day, but refused to shake the hand of a black man. He was then told by the IOC to congratulate all the winners or none of them, and chose none. This led to the rumors that he refused to acknowledge the victories of Jesse Owens but in reality, Johnson was the black American he had insulted.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Corny Johnson 22 United States USA Gold OR
2 Dave Albritton 23 United States USA Silver OR
3 Delos Thurber 19 United States USA Bronze OR
4 Kalevi Kotkas 22 Finland FIN OR
5 Kimio Yada 22 Japan JPN
6T Lauri Kalima 19 Finland FIN
6T Gustav Weinkötz 23 Germany GER
6T Hiroshi Tanaka 21 Japan JPN
6T Yoshiro Asakuma 22 Japan JPN
10T Aksel Kuuse 22 Estonia EST
10T Günther Gehmert 23 Germany GER
12T Jack Metcalfe 24 Australia AUS
12T Joe Haley 22 Canada CAN
12T Poul Otto 22 Denmark DEN
12T Veikko Peräsalo 24 Finland FIN
12T Mihály Bodosi 26 Hungary HUN
12T Jan Brasser 23 Netherlands NED
12T Simeon Toribio 30 Philippines PHI
12T Edwin Thacker 23 South Africa RSA
12T Rudolf Eggenberg 25 Switzerland SUI
12T Åke Ödmark 19 Sweden SWE
22 Jerzy Pławczyk 25 Poland POL
23T QR Fritz Flachberger 24 Austria AUT
23T QR Alfredo Mendes 25 Brazil BRA
23T QR Ícaro Mello 22 Brazil BRA
23T QR Svend Aage Thomsen 25 Denmark DEN
23T QR Robert Kennedy 20 Great Britain GBR
23T QR Jack Newman 19 Great Britain GBR
23T QR Sigurður Sigurðsson 22 Iceland ISL
23T QR Gerard Carlier 19 Netherlands NED
23T QR Edvard Natvig 28 Norway NOR
32T QR Fritz Neuruhrer 26 Austria AUT
32T QR Wu Bixian 22 China CHN
32T QR Stan West 23 Great Britain GBR
32T QR Hans Martens 24 Germany GER
32T QR Konstantinos Pantazis Greece GRE
32T QR Karol Hoffmann 22 Poland POL
32T QR Břetislav Krátký 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
32T QR Zdeněk Sobotka 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
32T QR Hans Mohr 21 Yugoslavia YUG