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Men's High Jump

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Host City: München, West Germany
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Olympic Park, München
Date Started: September 9, 1972
Date Finished: September 10, 1972

Gold: URS Jüri Tarmak
Silver: GDR Stefan Junge
Bronze: USA Dwight Stones


The top jumper in 1971 was Pat Matzdorf, who broke the world record with 2.29 (7-6) and won the Pan-American Games. But he failed to make the US team for München. The competition was felt to be wide-open with no favorite. Five jumpers survived over 2.18 (7-1¾) metres. At 2.21 (7-3), only [Jüri Tarmak] (URS/EST), [Stefan Junge] (GDR), and surprising young American [Dwight Stones] cleared, and the medalists were settled, but the colors remained to be determined. Only Tarmak could clear 2.23 (7-3¾), succeeding on his second attempt and he had the gold. Junge won silver on the countback, needing two attempts at 2.21 (7-3), while Stones had needed three. Tarmak was a straddler and remains the last man to win Olympic gold using that technique.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Jüri Tarmak 26 Soviet Union URS Gold
2 Stefan Junge 21 East Germany GDR Silver
3 Dwight Stones 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Hermann Magerl 23 West Germany FRG
5 Ádám Szepesi 27 Hungary HUN
6T John Beers 20 Canada CAN
6T István Major 23 Hungary HUN
8 Rustam Akhmetov 22 Soviet Union URS
9 John Hawkins 23 Canada CAN
10 Enzo Del Forno 22 Italy ITA
11 Jan Dahlgren 25 Sweden SWE
12T Vasilios Papadimitriou 24 Greece GRE
12T Kęstutis Šapka 22 Soviet Union URS
14 Bernard Gauthier 23 France FRA
15 Henry Elliott 26 France FRA
16 Șerban Ioan 24 Romania ROU
17 Gian Marco Schivo 23 Italy ITA
18 Lawrie Peckham 27 Australia AUS
19 Hidehiko Tomizawa 26 Japan JPN
20 QR Chris Dunn 21 United States USA
21 QR Roman Moravec 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
22 QR Ron Jourdan 25 United States USA
23 QR Petar Bogdanov 23 Bulgaria BUL
24 QR Ingomar Sieghart 28 West Germany FRG
25 QR Teymour Ghiassi 26 Iran IRI
26 QR Ioannis Kousoulas 22 Greece GRE
27 QR József Tihanyi 25 Hungary HUN
28 QR Rick Cuttell 22 Canada CAN
29 QR Jaroslav Alexa 23 Czechoslovakia TCH
30 QR Michel Patry 19 Switzerland SUI
31 QR Kuniyoshi Sugioka 30 Japan JPN
32 QR Park Sang-Su 19 South Korea KOR
33T QR Nor Hamid 23 Singapore SGP
33T QR Abdullah Noor Wasughe 24 Somalia SOM
35 QR Ahmed Senoussi 26 Chad CHA
36T QR Luis Barrionuevo 23 Argentina ARG
36T QR Sitha Sin 22 Cambodia CAM
36T QR Daniel Mkandawire 20 Malawi MAW
39 QR Hamadou Evelé 22 Cameroon CMR
40 QR Suresh Babu 19 India IND