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Athletics at the 1968 Ciudad de México Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Ciudad de México, Mexico
Venue(s): University Olympic Stadium, Ciudad de México
Date Started: October 19, 1968
Date Finished: October 20, 1968

Gold: USA Dick Fosbury
Silver: USA Ed Caruthers
Bronze: URS Valentin Gavrilov

Summary

Dick Fosbury was an average high jumper using the standard straddle when he began experimenting with a technique in which he turned his back to the bar and cleared the bar by arching his back as he went over head-first. It would be termed the Fosbury Flop. There is some controversy as to who actually developed this first, as Canadian jumper Debbie Brill also experimented with style in late 1966, but the technique is always named for Fosbury. Fosbury was not the favorite in 1968. Only a 2.10 jumper in 1967, he had won the 1968 NCAA Championships, but finished third at the US Trials, behind Ed Caruthers and Reynaldo Brown. But at 2.20 (7-2½), only Fosbury, Caruthers and Soviet jumper Valentin Gavrilov were clear, all on first attempts. At 2.22 (7-3¼), Fosbury made it on his first jump, while Caruthers had a miss. Fosbury also clear 2.24 (7-4¼) (3rd attempt) to cement the gold medal, as Caruther could not make the height. Gavrilov would win the 1969 European Championships.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Dick Fosbury 21 United States USA Gold OR
2 Ed Caruthers 23 United States USA Silver OR
3 Valentin Gavrilov 22 Soviet Union URS Bronze OR
4 Valeriy Skvortsov 23 Soviet Union URS
5 Reynaldo Brown 17 United States USA
6 Giacomo Crosa 21 Italy ITA
7 Gunther Spielvogel 24 West Germany FRG
8 Lawrie Peckham 23 Australia AUS
9T Robert Sainte-Rose 25 France FRA
9T Ingomar Sieghart 25 West Germany FRG
11 Luis María Garriga 23 Spain ESP
12 Ahmed Senoussi 22 Chad CHA
13 Miodrag Todosijević 27 Yugoslavia YUG
14 QR Thomas Zacharias 20 West Germany FRG
15 QR Kuniyoshi Sugioka 26 Japan JPN
16 QR Viktor Bolshov 29 Soviet Union URS
17 QR Bhim Singh 23 India IND
18T QR Henry Elliott 22 France FRA
18T QR Jaroslav Alexa 19 Czechoslovakia TCH
20 QR Ioannis Kousoulas 18 Greece GRE
21 QR Mahamat Idriss 26 Chad CHA
22T QR Tony Sneazwell 26 Australia AUS
22T QR Teodoro Palacios 29 Guatemala GUA
22T QR Kenneth Lundmark 22 Sweden SWE
22T QR Rudolf Hübner 24 Czechoslovakia TCH
26 QR Peter Boyce 22 Australia AUS
27 QR Jón Ólafsson 27 Iceland ISL
28 QR Michel Portmann 27 Switzerland SUI
29 QR Fernando Abugattas 20 Peru PER
30 QR Fernand Tovondray 24 Madagascar MAD
31 QR Thomas Wieser 18 Switzerland SUI
32 QR Csaba Dosa 17 Romania ROU
33T QR Wilf Wedmann 20 Canada CAN
33T QR Polde Milek 19 Yugoslavia YUG
35 QR Roberto Abugattas 25 Peru PER
36 QR Anthony Balfour 18 Bahamas BAH
37 QR Hong Son-Long 27 Chinese Taipei TPE
38 QR Nurullah Candan 19 Turkey TUR
39 QR Marconi Turay 19 Sierra Leone SLE