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Athletics at the 1952 Helsinki Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Helsinki, Finland
Venue(s): Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki
Date Started: July 20, 1952
Date Finished: July 20, 1952

Gold: USA Buddy Davis
Silver: USA Ken Wiesner
Bronze: BRA José da Conceição


[Buddy Davis] was the heavy favorite as he had threatened the 7-foot barrier several times in practice. In 1953 he would set the last sub-7 world record with 2.13 = 6-11⅝. In the final he battled teammate [Ken Wiesner], both straddlers, and both were perfect thru 2.01 (6-7), but only Davis cleared 2.04 (6-8¼). Bronze medalist [José Telles da Conceição] also made an Olympic final in 1956 – the 200 metres. Davis later professional basketball for five years in the NBA, backing up Wilt Chamberlain for a year with the Philadelphia Warriors.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Buddy Davis 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Ken Wiesner 27 United States USA Silver
3 José da Conceição 21 Brazil BRA Bronze
4 Gösta Svensson 22 Sweden SWE
5 Ron Pavitt 25 Great Britain GBR
6 Ion Söter 25 Romania ROU
7 Arnie Betton 19 United States USA
8 Bjørn Gundersen 28 Norway NOR
9T Jacques Delelienne 23 Belgium BEL
9T Josiah Majekodunmi 25 Nigeria NGR
11T Pekka Halme 25 Finland FIN
11T Peter Wells 23 Great Britain GBR
13T Georges Damitio 28 France FRA
13T Yury Ilyasov 25 Soviet Union URS
15 Arne Ljungqvist 21 Sweden SWE
16 Hans Wahli 25 Switzerland SUI
17 Birger Leirud 28 Norway NOR
18T Claude Bénard 25 France FRA
18T Nafiu Osagie 19 Nigeria NGR
20T James Owoo 24 Ghana GHA
20T Maram Sudarmodjo 24 Indonesia INA
20T Boniface Guobadia 25 Nigeria NGR
20T Mihajlo Dimitrijević 25 Yugoslavia YUG
24T Pat Leane 22 Australia AUS
24T Albert Koskinen 26 Finland FIN
24T Alan Paterson 24 Great Britain GBR
24T Téofilo Davis 22 Venezuela VEN
28 Yevhen Vansovych Soviet Union URS
29 QR Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam 17 Sri Lanka SRI
30 QR Walter Herssens 22 Belgium BEL
31 QR Andrés Franco 26 Philippines PHI
32T QR Ernesto Lagos 22 Chile CHI
32T QR Hércules Azcune 23 Uruguay URU
34 QR Mehnga Singh 29 India IND
35 QR Arieh Batun-Kleinstub 19 Israel ISR
36 QR Emad El-Din Shafei 20 Egypt EGY