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Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games:

Women's High Jump

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Host City: Los Angeles, United States
Venue(s): Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, California
Date Started: August 7, 1932
Date Finished: August 7, 1932
Format: Final only.

Gold: USA Jean Shiley
Silver: USA Babe Didrikson
Bronze: CAN Eva Dawes


The silver medalist from 1928, [Lien Gisolf] of the Netherlands, was back and was the world record holder, having jumped 1.62 (5-3¾) in Amsterdam in June 1932. Also considered were Americans [Jean Shiley] and [Babe Didrikson], who had tied at the US Olympic Trials with 1.60 (5-3). Gisolf cleared 1.58 (5-2¼) but missed at 1.60 (5-3), which was cleared by Shiley, Didrikson, and Canada’s [Eva Dawes], deciding the medals. Dawes missed at 1.62 (5-3¾), getting the bronze medal. Shiley and Didrikson both cleared a world record 1.65 (5-5) on one attempt and then missed at 1.67 (5-5¾). A jump-off was ordered at 1.67 and both Americans had successful clearances on their first attempt. But after Didrikson’s jump, the officials convened and ruled that she had jumped head-first, which was then illegal, and was termed diving. This gave the gold medal to Jean Shiley. Didrikson later noted that she had jumped in the same style throughout the competition.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal H
1 Jean Shiley 20 United States USA Gold 1.65 WR
2 Babe Didrikson 21 United States USA Silver 1.65 WR
3 Eva Dawes 19 Canada CAN Bronze 1.60
4 Lien Gisolf 22 Netherlands NED 1.58
5 Marjorie Clark 22 South Africa RSA 1.58
6 Annette Rogers 18 United States USA 1.58
7 Helma Notte 20 Germany GER 1.55
8 Yuriko Hirohashi 16 Japan JPN 1.50
9 Yaeko Sagara 18 Japan JPN 1.50
10 Ellen Braumüller 21 Germany GER 1.41