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Athletics at the 1988 Seoul Summer Games:

Men's High Jump

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Host City: Seoul, South Korea
Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Seoul Sports Complex, Seoul
Date Started: September 24, 1988
Date Finished: September 25, 1988

Gold: URS Hennadiy Avdieienko
Silver: USA Hollis Conway
Bronze: SWE Patrik Sjöberg
URS Rudolf Povarnitsyn


The best jumper in 1988 was Cuban world record holder [Javier Sotomayor] but Cuba participated in a small boycott of six nations in 1988, supporting the North Koreans, and he could not compete. That left the competition wide open. There were five former world record holders in the field. The competition was difficult to follow because of passes and tactical maneuvers. Four jumpers cleared 2.36 (7-8¾), but only [Hennadiy Avdieienko] (URS) and [Hollis Conway] (USA) did so on their first attempts, and they led. At 2.38 (7-9¾) there were six jumpers remaining, as two had passed to that height. But only Avdieienko cleared 2.38, and he had the gold medal, the silver going to Conway.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Hennadiy Avdieienko 24 Soviet Union URS Gold OR
2 Hollis Conway 21 United States USA Silver
3T Patrik Sjöberg 23 Sweden SWE Bronze
3T Rudolf Povarnitsyn 26 Soviet Union URS Bronze
5 Nick Saunders 25 Bermuda BER
6 Dietmar Mögenburg 27 West Germany FRG
7T Carlo Thränhardt 31 West Germany FRG
7T Dalton Grant 22 Great Britain GBR
7T Igor Paklin 25 Soviet Union URS
10 Jim Howard 29 United States USA
11 Brian Stanton 27 United States USA
12 Krzysztof Krawczyk 26 Poland POL
13 Luca Toso 24 Italy ITA
14 Arturo Ortíz 21 Spain ESP
15 Róbert Ruffíni 21 Czechoslovakia TCH
16 Geoff Parsons 24 Great Britain GBR
17 QR Milt Ottey 28 Canada CAN
18 QR Jo Hyeon-Uk 18 South Korea KOR
19 QR Brian Marshall 23 Canada CAN
20T QR Troy Kemp 22 Bahamas BAH
20T QR Artur Partyka 19 Poland POL
20T QR Sorin Matei 25 Romania ROU
23 QR Zhu Jianhua 25 China CHN
24 QR Floyd Manderson 27 Great Britain GBR
25 QR Paul Ngadjadoum 30 Chad CHA
26 QR Fernando Pastoriza 23 Argentina ARG
AC QR Cheick Seynou Burkina Faso BUR