| Event type

High Jump, Men

Date19 – 20 October 1968
LocationEstadio Olímpico Universitario, Ciudad de México
Participants39 from 25 countries

Dick Fosbury was an average high jumper using the standard straddle when he began experimenting with a technique in which he turned his back to the bar and cleared the bar by arching his back as he went over head-first. It would be termed the Fosbury Flop. There is some controversy as to who actually developed this first, as Canadian jumper Debbie Brill also experimented with style in late 1966, but the technique is always named for Fosbury. Fosbury was not the favorite in 1968. Only a 2.10 jumper in 1967, he had won the 1968 NCAA Championships, but finished third at the US Trials, behind Ed Caruthers and Reynaldo Brown. But at 2.20 (7-2½), only Fosbury, Caruthers and Soviet jumper Valentin Gavrilov were clear, all on first attempts. At 2.22 (7-3¼), Fosbury made it on his first jump, while Caruthers had a miss. Fosbury also cleared 2.24 (7-4¼) (3rd attempt) to cement the gold medal, as Caruthers could not make the height. Gavrilov would win the 1969 European Championships.

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
1272Dick FosburyUSA2.14 (1)2.24 (1)GoldOR
2262Ed CaruthersUSA2.14 (2)2.22 (2)SilverOR
3802Valentin GavrilovURS2.12 (10)2.20 (3)BronzeOR
4829Valery SkvortsovURS2.14 (3)2.16 (4)
5257Reynaldo BrownUSA2.12 (9)2.14 (5)
6501Giacomo CrosaITA2.14 (5)2.14 (6)
748Gunther SpielvogelFRG2.12 (13)2.14 (7)
8113Lawrie PeckhamAUS2.14 (6)2.12 (8)
=9367Robert Sainte-RoseFRA2.12 (12)2.09 (=9)
=947Ingomar SieghartFRG2.12 (8)2.09 (=9)
11245Luis María GarrigaESP2.12 (11)2.09 (11)
12215Ahmed SénoussiCHA2.14 (4)2.09 (12)
13853Miodrag TodosijevićYUG2.12 (7)2.06 (13)
14 r1/257Thomas ZachariasFRG2.09 (14)
15 r1/2556Kuniyoshi SugiokaJPN2.09 (15)
16 r1/2798Viktor BolshovURS2.09 (16)
17 r1/2479Bhim SinghIND2.09 (17)
=18 r1/2359Henry ElliottFRA2.09 (=18)
=18 r1/2216Jaroslav AlexaTCH2.09 (=18)
20 r1/2436Ioannis KousoulasGRE2.09 (20)
21 r1/2212Mahamat IdrissCHA2.06 (21)
=22 r1/2114Tony SneazwellAUS2.06 (=22)
=22 r1/2447Teodoro PalaciosGUA2.06 (=22)
=22 r1/2736Kenneth LundmarkSWE2.06 (=22)
=22 r1/2218Rudolf HübnerTCH2.06 (=22)
26 r1/2100Peter BoyceAUS2.06 (26)
27 r1/2489Jón ÓlafssonISL2.06 (27)
28 r1/2751Michel PortmannSUI2.06 (28)
29 r1/2657Fernando AbugattásPER2.03 (29)
30 r1/2584Fernand TovondrayMAD2.03 (30)
31 r1/2758Thomas WieserSUI2.03 (31)
32 r1/2705Csaba DosaROU2.03 (32)
=33 r1/2178Wilf WedmannCAN2.00 (=33)
=33 r1/2852Polde MilekYUG2.00 (=33)
35 r1/2658Roberto AbugattásPER2.00 (35)
36 r1/2123Anthony BalfourBAH1.95 (36)
37 r1/2763Hong Son-LongTPE1.95 (37)
38 r1/2785Nurullah CandanTUR1.95 (38)
39 r1/2718Marconi TuraySLE1.90 (39)
DNS733Bo JonssonSWE– (DNS)
DNS709Ababacar LySEN– (DNS)
DNS134Freddy HerbrandBEL– (DNS)
DNS640Samuel IgunNGR– (DNS)
DNS726Jan DahlgrenSWE– (DNS)

Qualifying Round (19 October 1968 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 2.14 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts
1Dick FosburyUSA2.14003Q
2Ed CaruthersUSA2.14004Q
3Valery SkvortsovURS2.14016Q
4Ahmed SénoussiCHA2.14115Q
5Giacomo CrosaITA2.14116Q
6Lawrie PeckhamAUS2.14117Q
7Miodrag TodosijevićYUG2.12004q
8Ingomar SieghartFRG2.12005q
9Reynaldo BrownUSA2.12013q
10Valentin GavrilovURS2.12016q
11Luis María GarrigaESP2.12027q
12Robert Sainte-RoseFRA2.12115q
13Gunther SpielvogelFRG2.12116q
14Thomas ZachariasFRG2.09002
15Kuniyoshi SugiokaJPN2.09004
16Viktor BolshovURS2.09125
17Bhim SinghIND2.09127
=18Henry ElliottFRA2.09225
=18Jaroslav AlexaTCH2.09225
20Ioannis KousoulasGRE2.09237
21Mahamat IdrissCHA2.06001
=22Tony SneazwellAUS2.06003
=22Teodoro PalaciosGUA2.06003
=22Kenneth LundmarkSWE2.06003
=22Rudolf HübnerTCH2.06003
26Peter BoyceAUS2.06125
27Jón ÓlafssonISL2.06148
28Michel PortmannSUI2.06224
29Fernando AbugattásPER2.03013
30Fernand TovondrayMAD2.03025
31Thomas WieserSUI2.03114
32Csaba DosaROU2.03249
=33Wilf WedmannCAN2.00001
=33Polde MilekYUG2.00001
35Roberto AbugattásPER2.00112
36Anthony BalfourBAH1.95003
37Hong Son-LongTPE1.95026
38Nurullah CandanTUR1.95048
39Marconi TuraySLE1.90225
DNSBo JonssonSWE
DNSJan DahlgrenSWE
DNSAbabacar LySEN
DNSFreddy HerbrandBEL
DNSSamuel IgunNGR

Qualifying Round, Group A (19 October 1968)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts1.80 m1.85 m1.90 m1.95 m2.00 m2.03 m2.06 m2.09 m2.12 m2.14 m
1Dick FosburyUSA2.14003-----o-o-o
2Ed CaruthersUSA2.14004-----oo-oo
3Valery SkvortsovURS2.14016----o-ooxoo
4Lawrie PeckhamAUS2.14117---oo-oooxo
5Miodrag TodosijevićYUG2.12004----o-oooxxx
6Reynaldo BrownUSA2.12013------xo-oxxx
7Valentin GavrilovURS2.12016----oxooooxxx
8Robert Sainte-RoseFRA2.12115----o-ooxoxxx
9Gunther SpielvogelFRG2.12116----ooooxoxxx
10Thomas ZachariasFRG2.09002------ooxxx
11Viktor BolshovURS2.09125----o-xoxoxxx
=12Henry ElliottFRA2.09225----o-oxxoxxx
=12Jaroslav AlexaTCH2.09225----o-oxxoxxx
=14Tony SneazwellAUS2.06003---oo-oxxx
=14Kenneth LundmarkSWE2.06003----oooxxx
=14Rudolf HübnerTCH2.06003----oooxxx
17Peter BoyceAUS2.06125---oxo-xoxxx
18Polde MilekYUG2.00001----o-xxx
DNSBo JonssonSWE
DNSJan DahlgrenSWE

Qualifying Round, Group B (19 October 1968)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts1.80 m1.85 m1.90 m1.95 m2.00 m2.03 m2.06 m2.09 m2.12 m2.14 m
1Ahmed SénoussiCHA2.14115------oooxo
2Giacomo CrosaITA2.14116----o-oooxo
3Ingomar SieghartFRG2.12005----oooooxxx
4Luis María GarrigaESP2.12027---xo-oxoooxxx
5Kuniyoshi SugiokaJPN2.09004---oo-ooxxx
6Bhim SinghIND2.09127---ooxooxoxxx
7Ioannis KousoulasGRE2.09237----oxooxxoxxx
8Mahamat IdrissCHA2.06001------o-xxx
9Teodoro PalaciosGUA2.06003---o-ooxxx
10Jón ÓlafssonISL2.06148---oxoxxoxoxxx
11Michel PortmannSUI2.06224----o-xxoxxx
12Fernando AbugattásPER2.03013----xooxxx
13Fernand TovondrayMAD2.03025---oxxooxxx
14Thomas WieserSUI2.03114---ooxoxxx
15Csaba DosaROU2.03249-oooxxoxxoxxx
16Wilf WedmannCAN2.00001----o-xxx
17Roberto AbugattásPER2.00112----xo-xxx
18Anthony BalfourBAH1.95003-oooxxx
19Hong Son-LongTPE1.95026ooxxooxxx
20Nurullah CandanTUR1.95048xxooxxooxxx
21Marconi TuraySLE1.90225ooxxoxxx-
DNSAbabacar LySEN
DNSFreddy HerbrandBEL
DNSSamuel IgunNGR

Final Round (20 October 1968 — 14:30)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts2.00 m2.03 m2.06 m2.09 m2.12 m2.14 m2.16 m2.18 m2.20 m2.22 m2.24 m2.29 m
1Dick FosburyUSA2.24229-o-o-o-oooxxoxxxOR
2Ed CaruthersUSA2.221510---o-xxo-xxooxoxxxOR
3Valentin GavrilovURS2.20008ooooooo-oxxxOR
4Valery SkvortsovURS2.162511-oxooxxooxxoxxx
5Reynaldo BrownUSA2.14003-o-o-o-xxx
6Giacomo CrosaITA2.14016o-xooooxxx
7Gunther SpielvogelFRG2.14137--ooxxoxoxxx
8Lawrie PeckhamAUS2.12115-oooxoxxx
=9Robert Sainte-RoseFRA2.09003o-ooxxx
=9Ingomar SieghartFRG2.09003-oooxxx
11Luis María GarrigaESP2.09014o-xooxxx
12Ahmed SénoussiCHA2.09235--xoxxoxxx
13Miodrag TodosijevićYUG2.06002o-oxxx