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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Atlanta, United States
Venue(s): Centennial Olympic Stadium, Atlanta, Georgia
Date Started: July 26, 1996
Date Finished: July 28, 1996

Gold: USA Charles Austin
Silver: POL Artur Partyka
Bronze: GBR Steve Smith


Defending champion [Javier Sotomayor] (CUB) was back but an injured ankle prevented him from being at his best and he would finish 11th. The 1991 World Champion, [Charles Austin], had battled injuries since 1991, but was now healthy again. Three jumpers remained at 2.35 (7-8½) – Austin, 1992 bronze medalist [Artur Partyka] (POL), and Britain’s [Steve Smith]. At 2.37 (7-9¼) Partyka cleared on his second attempt. Austin and Smith missed twice, and then passed to 2.39 (7-10). At 2.39, Austin cleared to take the lead, Smith went out, while Partyka missed once, and passed to 2.41 (7-10¾). When he missed twice at that height, Austin had the gold medal. He took three attempts at a world record 2.46 (8-0¾). Partyka won silver, and in seven major international championships between 1992-98 – Olympic, World, and European – he never failed to medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Charles Austin 28 United States USA Gold OR
2 Artur Partyka 26 Poland POL Silver
3 Steve Smith 23 Great Britain GBR Bronze
4 Dragutin Topić 25 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
5 Steinar Hoen 25 Norway NOR
6 Lambros Papakostas 26 Greece GRE
7 Tim Forsyth 22 Australia AUS
8 Lee Jin-Taek 24 South Korea KOR
9 Wolfgang Kreißig 25 Germany GER
10 Przemysław Radkiewicz 25 Poland POL
11T Javier Sotomayor 28 Cuba CUB
11T Jarosław Kotewicz 27 Poland POL
13 Troy Kemp 30 Bahamas BAH
14 Tomáš Janků 21 Czech Republic CZE
15 QR Charles Lefrançois 23 Canada CAN
16 QR V'iacheslav Tyrtyshnik 25 Ukraine UKR
17 QR Konstantin Matusevich 25 Israel ISR
18 QR Arturo Ortíz 29 Spain ESP
19 QR Dalton Grant 30 Great Britain GBR
20 QR Ian Thompson 27 Bahamas BAH
21 QR Gilmar Mayo 26 Colombia COL
22 QR Marko Turban 29 Estonia EST
23 QR Mark Mandy 23 Ireland IRL
24 QR Khemraj Naïko 23 Mauritius MRI
25 QR Julio Luciano 18 Dominican Republic DOM
26 QR Cameron Wright 23 United States USA
27T QR Chris Anderson 28 Australia AUS
27T QR Tomohiro Nomura 20 Japan JPN
27T QR Stevan Zorić 25 Serbia and Montenegro SCG
30 QR Loo Kum Zee 21 Malaysia MAS
31 QR Ed Broxterman 22 United States USA
32 QR Kim Tae-Hui 22 South Korea KOR
33 QR Jo Hyeon-Uk 26 South Korea KOR
34 QR Fakhredin Fouad Al-Dien Gor 28 Jordan JOR
AC QR Oliver Sanou 21 Burkina Faso BUR
AC QR Hugo Muñoz 23 Peru PER
AC QR Wong Yew Tong 25 Singapore SGP