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Athletics at the 1900 Paris Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Paris, France
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
Date Started: July 15, 1900
Date Finished: July 15, 1900
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Irv Baxter
Silver: GBR Pat Leahy
Bronze: HUN Lajos Gönczy


There was no qualifying. There were 12 entrants but only eight starters as the Sunday start eliminated two Americans, [William Remington] and Walter Carroll. [Irv Baxter] defeated [Pat Leahy] by clearing 1.90 metres, and then attempted to equal the world record of 1.97, but failed, in part because unrestrained spectators made it difficult for him to concentrate. Leahy had won the 1898 and 1899 AAA titles, but had also lost the 1900 AAA championship to Baxter.

Baxter was America’s top high jumper since Michael Sweeney’s professional defection. Baxter had been second in the 1897 IC4A while representing Trinity College and won that event in 1899 for Penn. He also won the 1899 AAU high jump title. Sweeney, however, also made his presence felt in Paris, as he had competed in the professional competitions earlier in the summer, winning the 100 metres, the high jump, and the long jump.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Irv Baxter 24 United States USA Gold 1.90 OR
2 Pat Leahy 22 Great Britain GBR Silver 1.78
3 Lajos Gönczy 19 Hungary HUN Bronze 1.75
4T Carl Albert Andersen 23 Norway NOR 1.70
4T Eric Lemming 20 Sweden SWE 1.70
4T Waldemar Steffen 27 Germany GER 1.70
7 Louis Monnier France FRA 1.60
8 Tore Blom 20 Sweden SWE 1.50