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Carl van Geyzel

Biographical information

TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameCarl Theodore•van Geyzel
Used nameCarl•van Geyzel
Born19 December 1902 in Colombo (SRI)
Died18 January 1971 in Lunuwila (SRI)
AffiliationsAchilles Club, (GBR)
NOC Great Britain


After sharing first place in the high jump at the 1924 Oxbridge Sports, Carl Van Geyzel won the event outright in 1925. He won the AAA high jump in 1926 and second place at the 1928 Championships earned him a place on the British Olympic team that year. One of the best of the early Asian high jumpers, his Ceylon national record stood for more than 25 years. He played cricket for Cambridge University in 1924 but missed winning a blue, and he also represented Ceylon at cricket in 1926-27.

Personal Bests: HJ – 1.90 (6-3) (1925).


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1928 Summer Olympics Athletics GBR Carl van Geyzel
High Jump, Men (Olympic) =19 r1/2

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