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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Barcelona, Spain
Venue(s): Montjuïc Olympic Stadium, Barcelona
Date Started: July 31, 1992
Date Finished: August 2, 1992

Gold: CUB Javier Sotomayor
Silver: SWE Patrik Sjöberg
Bronze: AUS Tim Forsyth
POL Artur Partyka
USA Hollis Conway


The best jumper of the 1980s had been Cuban [Javier Sotomayor] but he had been boycotted out of both the 1984 and 1988 Olympics. Sotomayor had set his first world record in 1988 with 2.43 (7-11½). On 29 July 1989, at the Central American and Caribbean Championships, he broke that with a second-attempt clearance of 2.44. It was a historic jump for Imperial-measure fans, as that was the first jump over 8 feet – actually it would be 8-0⅛. Soto bettered that in 1993 with 2.45, and thru 2008 he remains the only jumper to clear the eight-foot barrier. He was favored in 1992, with other jumpers to watch being Sweden’s [Patrik Sjöberg], 1987 World Champion, 1991 World Champion [Charles Austin], and the 1988 Olympic silver medalist, [Hollis Conway]. After 2.34 (7-8) five jumpers remained, Soto, Sjöberg, Conway, and Australia’s [Tim Forsyth] and Poland’s [Artur Partyka], but Soto led as he had not missed at the height. and that decided the competition, as nobody succeeded at 2.37 (7-9¼). Sjöberg won the silver medal with fewer total misses.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Javier Sotomayor 24 Cuba CUB Gold
2 Patrik Sjöberg 27 Sweden SWE Silver
3T Tim Forsyth 18 Australia AUS Bronze
3T Artur Partyka 22 Poland POL Bronze
3T Hollis Conway 25 United States USA Bronze
6 Ralf Sonn 25 Germany GER
7 Troy Kemp 26 Bahamas BAH
8T Marino Drake 25 Cuba CUB
8T Dragutin Topić 21 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
8T Charles Austin 24 United States USA
11 Gustavo Becker 26 Spain ESP
12 Steve Smith 19 Great Britain GBR
13 Sorin Matei 29 Romania ROU
14 Georgi Dakov 24 Bulgaria BUL
15 QR Steinar Hoen 21 Norway NOR
16T QR Ian Thompson 23 Bahamas BAH
16T QR Brendan Reilly 19 Great Britain GBR
18 QR Darrin Plab 21 United States USA
19T QR Lambros Papakostas 22 Greece GRE
19T QR Lee Jin-Taek 20 South Korea KOR
19T QR Håkon Särnblom 26 Norway NOR
22T QR Lochsley Thomson 18 Australia AUS
22T QR Igor Paklin 29 Unified Team EUN
24 QR Yuriy Serhiyenko 27 Unified Team EUN
25 QR Hendrik Beyer 20 Germany GER
26 QR Xu Yang 22 China CHN
27T QR Arturo Ortíz 25 Spain ESP
27T QR Dietmar Mögenburg 30 Germany GER
29T QR Dalton Grant 26 Great Britain GBR
29T QR Stevan Zorić 21 Individual Olympic Athletes IOA
31T QR David Anderson 26 Australia AUS
31T QR Alex Zaliauskas 21 Canada CAN
33T QR Yacine Mousli 25 Algeria ALG
33T QR Kosmas Mikhalopoulos 26 Greece GRE
33T QR Hossein Shahyan 21 Iran IRI
33T QR Khemraj Naïko 19 Mauritius MRI
33T QR Abdullah Mohamed Al-Sheib 27 Qatar QAT
33T QR Danny Beauchamp 23 Seychelles SEY
39T QR Karl Scatliffe 25 British Virgin Islands IVB
39T QR Jo Hyeon-Uk 22 South Korea KOR
41 QR Hilaire Onwanlélé-Ozimo 23 Gabon GAB
42 QR Fakhredin Fouad Al-Dien Gor 24 Jordan JOR
AC QR Nick Saunders 28 Bermuda BER