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Athletics at the 1960 Roma Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Roma, Italy
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Roma
Date Started: September 1, 1960
Date Finished: September 1, 1960

Gold: URS Robert' Shavlaq'adze
Silver: URS Valery Brumel
Bronze: USA John Thomas


The heavy favorite was American [John Thomas]. In 1960, he had bettered the world record five times, moving it up to 2.22 (7-3¾) at the US Olympic Trials. The next best jumper on height was Soviet [Valery Brumel] at 2.17 (7-1½). The two other Soviet jumpers, [Robert' Shavlaq'adze] and [Viktor Bolshov], were considered slight threats, as was defending champion [Charlie Dumas], but Thomas may have been the heaviest favorite in any athletics event at Roma. In the final, he led early, clearing 2.00, 2.06, and 2.09, with passes at 2.03 and 2.12. At 2.12 (6-11½), Shavlaq'adze and Bolshov had first jump clearances, and Brumel went over on his third attempt. Bolshov was leading as he had not yet missed. That was a PR for Shavlaq'adze who had previously jumped only 2.11 (6-11). At 2.14 (7-0¼) the three Soviets and Thomas got over, but only Shavlaq'adze did so on his first attempt moving into the lead. With the bar at 2.16 (7-1), Shavladq'adze cleared on his first attempt to win the gold medal, Brumel having one miss. Thomas and Bolshov failed to make the height and Thomas had to settle for the bronze medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Robert' Shavlaq'adze 27 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Valery Brumel 18 Soviet Union URS Silver OR
3 John Thomas 19 United States USA Bronze OR
4 Viktor Bolshov 21 Soviet Union URS OR
5 Stig Pettersson 25 Sweden SWE
6 Charlie Dumas 23 United States USA
7T Theo Püll 23 Germany GER
7T Kjell-Åke Nilsson 18 Sweden SWE
7T Jiří Lanský 26 Czechoslovakia TCH
10 Robert Kotei Ghana GHA
11 Cornel Porumb 21 Romania ROU
12 Mahamat Idriss 18 France FRA
13 Sándor Noszály 20 Hungary HUN
14 Maurice Fournier 27 France FRA
15 Piotr Sobotta 19 Poland POL
16 Gordon Miller 20 Great Britain GBR
17 Joe Faust 17 United States USA
18 QR Kuniyoshi Sugioka 18 Japan JPN
19T QR Eero Salminen 26 Finland FIN
19T QR Werner Pfeil 22 Germany GER
19T QR René Maurer 24 Switzerland SUI
22T QR Helmuth Donner 19 Austria AUT
22T QR Jón Pétursson 24 Iceland ISL
24T QR Crawford Fairbrother 24 Great Britain GBR
24T QR Peter Riebensahm 22 Germany GER
26 QR Đorđe Majtan 21 Yugoslavia YUG
27 QR Charles Porter 24 Australia AUS
28 QR Samuel Igun 22 Nigeria NGR
29 QR Gurbachan Singh Randhawa 21 India IND
AC QR Mohamed Abdul Razzak Iraq IRQ
AC QR Sylvain Bitan 18 Tunisia TUN
AC QR Çetin Şahiner 25 Turkey TUR