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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Moskva, Soviet Union
Venue(s): Grand Arena, Central Lenin Stadium Area, Moskva
Date Started: July 31, 1980
Date Finished: August 1, 1980

Gold: GDR Gerd Wessig
Silver: POL Jacek Wszoła
Bronze: GDR Jörg Freimuth


The best jumpers early in 1980 were the defending champion [Jacek Wszoła] of Poland, the FRG's [Dietmar Mögenburg], and Soviet Volodomyr Yashchenko. But Mögenburg was out because of the boycott and Yashchenko, who had set a world record of 2.34 (7-8) in 1978 – the last straddler to do so, was injured and did not compete. This left Wszoła as a heavy favorite. At 2.29 (7-6), four jumpers cleared, Wszoła on his first attempt, as did [Jörg Freimuth] and [Henry Lauterbach], and [Gerd Wessig], who needed two attempts (all GDR). Lauterbach went out at 2.31 (7-7) and Wessig took the lead with a first-attempt clearance. He was also the only jumper to get over 2.33 (7-7¾), securing the gold medal. But he kept going, and on his second attempt, broke the world record in clearing 2.36 (7-8¾).

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Gerd Wessig 21 East Germany GDR Gold WR
2 Jacek Wszoła 23 Poland POL Silver OR
3 Jörg Freimuth 18 East Germany GDR Bronze OR
4 Henry Lauterbach 22 East Germany GDR OR
5 Roland Dalhäuser 22 Switzerland SUI
6 Vaso Komnenić 25 Yugoslavia YUG
7 Adrian Proteasa 21 Romania ROU
8 Aleksandr Grigoryev 24 Soviet Union URS
9 Mark Naylor 22 Great Britain GBR
10 Gennady Belkov 24 Soviet Union URS
11 Oleksiy Dem'ianiuk 21 Soviet Union URS
12 Janusz Trzepizur 21 Poland POL
13 Sorin Matei 17 Romania ROU
14 Guy Moreau 25 Belgium BEL
15 Marco Tamberi 22 Italy ITA
16 Roberto Cabrejas 27 Spain ESP
17 QR Francis Agbo 22 France FRA
18 QR Oscar Raise 27 Italy ITA
19 QR Zoltán Társi 19 Hungary HUN
20 QR Paolo Borghi 18 Italy ITA
21 QR Abdel Hamid Sahil 23 Algeria ALG
22 QR Martín Perarnau 25 Spain ESP
23 QR István Gibicsár 23 Hungary HUN
24T QR Atanas Mladenov 20 Bulgaria BUL
24T QR Desmond Morris 19 Jamaica JAM
26 QR Juan Centelles 19 Cuba CUB
27 QR Moussa Sagna Fall 20 Senegal SEN
28 QR Othmane Belfaa 18 Algeria ALG
29T QR Cláudio Freire 23 Brazil BRA
29T QR Ahmad Balkis 19 Syria SYR