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Men's High Jump

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): Beijing National Stadium, Beijing
Date Started: August 17, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008

Gold: RUS Andrey Silnov
Silver: GBR Germaine Mason
Bronze: RUS Yaroslav Rybakov


The automatic qualifying height of 2.29 (7-6) proved difficult and took out the 2007 World Champion [Donald Thomas] (BAH) and bronze medalist [Kyriakos Iannou] (CYP). The 2004 Olympic champion, Sweden's [Stefan Holm], was back but had had a difficult year with injuries. In the final, Russia's [Andrey Silnov] was a comfortable winner, clearing six consecutive heights on his first attempt, finishing with 2.36 (7-8¾). He tried 2.42 (7-11¼) and had two close misses but could not get over the bar. Britain's [Germaine Mason] and [Yaroslav Rybakov] (RUS) both cleared 2.34 (7-8) on their first attempt, with Mason winning the silver medal based on fewer misses at lower heights. Holm placed fourth. For the first time ever at the Olympics, save 1980, no American jumper made the final. Silnov had not actually qualified for the Russian team at the Russian Olympic Trials, placing fourth, but his post-Trials performances led to his being placed on the team, in lieu of Andrey Tereshin, who had placed third at the Trials.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Andrey Silnov 23 Russia RUS Gold
2 Germaine Mason 25 Great Britain GBR Silver
3 Yaroslav Rybakov 27 Russia RUS Bronze
4 Stefan Holm 32 Sweden SWE
5 Raúl Spank 20 Germany GER
6 Jaroslav Bába 23 Czech Republic CZE
7 Tomáš Janků 33 Czech Republic CZE
8 Tom Parsons 24 Great Britain GBR
9 Martyn Bernard 23 Great Britain GBR
10T Filippo Campioli 26 Italy ITA
10T Jessé de Lima 27 Brazil BRA
12 Rožle Prezelj 28 Slovenia SLO
13 QR Andra Manson 24 United States USA
14T QR Andrea Bettinelli 29 Italy ITA
14T QR Mickaël Hanany 25 France FRA
14T QR Vyacheslav Voronin 34 Russia RUS
17 QR Dragutin Topić 37 Serbia SRB
18 QR Kyriakos Ioannou 24 Cyprus CYP
19T QR Mike Mason 21 Canada CAN
19T QR Jesse Williams 24 United States USA
21T QR Dmytro Dem'ianiuk 25 Ukraine UKR
21T QR Niki Palli 21 Israel ISR
21T QR Donald Thomas 24 Bahamas BAH
24T QR Michał Bieniek 24 Poland POL
24T QR Majed Ghazal 21 Syria SYR
26T QR Dusty Jonas 22 United States USA
26T QR Linus Thörnblad 23 Sweden SWE
28 QR James Grayman 22 Antigua and Barbuda ANT
29T QR Javier Bermejo 29 Spain ESP
29T QR Kabelo Kgosiemang 22 Botswana BOT
29T QR Alessandro Talotti 27 Italy ITA
32 QR Lee Hup Wei 21 Malaysia MAS
33T QR Peter Horák 24 Slovakia SVK
33T QR Yuriy Krymarenko 24 Ukraine UKR
33T QR Gerardo Martínez 29 Mexico MEX
36 QR Naoyuki Daigo 27 Japan JPN
37T QR Kostas Baniotis 21 Greece GRE
37T QR Sergey Zasimovich 22 Kazakhstan KAZ
39 QR Oleksandr Nartov 20 Ukraine UKR
AC QR Huang Haiqiang 20 China CHN