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Men's High Jump

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): Empire Stadium, Wembley, London
Date Started: July 30, 1948
Date Finished: July 30, 1948

Gold: AUS Jack Winter
Silver: NOR Bjørn Paulson
Bronze: USA George Stanich


For the first time, ties were broken by the countback rule of fewer misses at heights. The final had 20 competitors, and seemed endless. The Americans had dominated the world lists in 1948. [Jack Winter] (AUS) was perfect thru 1.90 (6-2¾) but had a miss at 1.95 (6-4¾), which put [Bjørn Paulson] (NOR) into the lead as he had a first attempt clearance at that height. But Winter was the only jumper able to clear 1.98 (6-6) to win the gold medal. He used the scissors style, actually termed the Eastern cut-off, and is the last jumper to win Olympic gold using that technique. Winter would also win the 1950 Commonwealth Games gold medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jack Winter 23 Australia AUS Gold
2 Bjørn Paulson 25 Norway NOR Silver
3 George Stanich 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Dike Eddleman 25 United States USA
5 Georges Damitio 24 France FRA
6 Art Jackes 24 Canada CAN
7T Alan Paterson 20 Great Britain GBR
7T Hans Wahli 21 Switzerland SUI
9T Alfredo Jadresic 22 Chile CHI
9T Pierre Lacaze 23 France FRA
9T Göran Widenfelt 19 Sweden SWE
12 Adegboyega, Prince Adedoyin 25 Great Britain GBR
13 Birger Leirud 24 Norway NOR
14T Lloyd Valberg 26 Singapore SGP
14T Hércules Azcune 19 Uruguay URU
16 Vern McGrew 18 United States USA
17 Kuuno Honkonen 26 Finland FIN
18 Gurnam Singh India IND
AC r2/2 Nils Nicklén 31 Finland FIN
AC r2/2 Bjørn Gundersen 24 Norway NOR
21T QR Arnulf Pilhatsch 23 Austria AUT
21T QR Claude Bénard 21 France FRA
21T QR Ioannis Lambrou 27 Greece GRE
21T QR Benjamín Casado 19 Puerto Rico PUR
21T QR Pedro Listur 26 Uruguay URU
21T QR Arne Åhman 23 Sweden SWE
27 QR Ron Pavitt 21 Great Britain GBR