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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Montréal, Canada
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, Montréal, Québec
Date Started: July 30, 1976
Date Finished: July 31, 1976

Gold: POL Jacek Wszoła
Silver: CAN Greg Joy
Bronze: USA Dwight Stones

Summary

The 1972 bronze medalist, Dwight Stones, was by now the world's best jumper. He had broken the world record in 1983 with 2.30 (7-6½) and had bettered that in 1976, his last world record being at 2.32 (7-7¼). Also an excellent competitive jumper, he was heavily favored going into Montréal. But the final was held on a cool, rainy day, and Stones technique demanded great speed in his take-off – he hated to jump in the rain. After 2.21 (7-3) in the final only four jumpers remained, with Stones in second, trailing the surprising Jacek Wszoła of Poland. Wszoła then got over 2.23 (7-3¾) on his first attempt, as did Canada's Greg Joy, to the delight of the Montréal crowd. Stones failed at that height and had to settle for his second consecutive bronze medal. Wszoła and Joy both cleared 2.25 (7-4½), the Pole in his second attempt and the Canadian on his third, settling gold and silver. Four days later, Stones broke the world record with 2.32 (7-7¼) at a meet in Philadelphia.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jacek Wszoła 19 Poland POL Gold OR
2 Greg Joy 20 Canada CAN Silver
3 Dwight Stones 22 United States USA Bronze
4 Sergey Budalov 26 Soviet Union URS
5 Serhiy Seniukov 21 Soviet Union URS
6 Rodolfo Bergamo 20 Italy ITA
7 Rolf Beilschmidt 22 East Germany GDR
8 Jesper Tørring 28 Denmark DEN
9 Terje Totland 19 Norway NOR
10 Rune Almén 23 Sweden SWE
11 James Barrineau 21 United States USA
12 Claude Ferragne 23 Canada CAN
13 Bill Jankunis 21 United States USA
14 Leif Roar Falkum 27 Norway NOR
15 QR Endre Kelemen 28 Hungary HUN
16 QR Guy Moreau 21 Belgium BEL
17T QR Walter Boller 25 West Germany FRG
17T QR Katsumi Fukura 23 Japan JPN
19 QR Kazunori Koshikawa 20 Japan JPN
20 QR Henry Lauterbach 18 East Germany GDR
21 QR Danial Temim 21 Yugoslavia YUG
22 QR Teymour Ghiassi 30 Iran IRI
23 QR Wolfgang Killing 23 West Germany FRG
24T QR Juan Carrasco 18 Spain ESP
24T QR Paul Poaniéwa 22 France FRA
24T QR István Major 27 Hungary HUN
24T QR Oscar Raise 23 Italy ITA
28 QR Francisco Martín 21 Spain ESP
29T QR Richard Spencer 21 Cuba CUB
29T QR Jacques Aletti 21 France FRA
29T QR Marc Romersa 20 Luxembourg LUX
32T QR Clark Godwin 20 Bermuda BER
32T QR Robert Forget 21 Canada CAN
32T QR Riccardo Fortini 19 Italy ITA
AC QR Irajá Cecy 21 Brazil BRA
AC QR Ghazi Saleh Marzouk 25 Saudi Arabia KSA
AC QR Carlos Abaunza 16 Nicaragua NCA