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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Melbourne, Australia
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956

Gold: USA Charlie Dumas
Silver: AUS Charles Porter
Bronze: URS Igor Kashkarov


At the US Olympic Trials in June, [Charlie Dumas] had cleared 7-0⅝, becoming the first man to legally jump over 7-feet. The mark was ratified by the IAAF as 2.15 and 7-0½. The Americans dominated the world list with only Sweden's [Bengt Nilsson], 1954 European Champion, considered a threat, but he was injured shortly before leaving for Melbourne and failed to qualify for the final. The big surprise of the competition was [Charles )Chilla) Porter], jumping in front of his home fans, who delighted in his successes. He had little reputation but pushed Dumas to the end. Dumas was clear thru 2.08 (6-9¾) and then had one miss at 2.10 (6-10¾), Porter also clearing on his third attempt. That had Dumas in the lead but he also went over 2.12 (6-11½) on his third attempt to solidify the gold.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charlie Dumas 19 United States USA Gold OR
2 Charles Porter 20 Australia AUS Silver OR
3 Igor Kashkarov 23 Soviet Union URS Bronze OR
4 Stig Pettersson 21 Sweden SWE OR
5 Ken Money 21 Canada CAN
6 Volodymyr Sitkin 21 Soviet Union URS
7T Colin Ridgeway 17 Australia AUS
7T Phil Reavis 20 United States USA
9 Julius Chigbolu 27 Nigeria NGR
10 Vern Wilson 25 United States USA
11 Maurice Fournier 23 France FRA
12T Yukio Ishikawa 23 Japan JPN
12T Patrick Etolu 21 Uganda UGA
14 Ajit Singh India IND
15 Ernie Haisley 19 Jamaica JAM
16 Peter Wells 27 Great Britain GBR
17 Ciriaco Baronda 22 Philippines PHI
18 Joseph Leresae Kenya KEN
19 Vincent Gabriel Nigeria NGR
20 Yang C. K. 23 Chinese Taipei TPE
21T José da Conceição 25 Brazil BRA
21T Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam 22 Sri Lanka SRI
23 QR Gian Mario Roveraro 20 Italy ITA
24T QR John Vernon 27 Australia AUS
24T QR Maridjo Wirjodemedjo 28 Indonesia INA
26 QR Bengt Nilsson 22 Sweden SWE
27 QR I Gusti Putu Okamona 26 Indonesia INA
AC QR Vladimir Polyakov 21 Soviet Union URS