| Event type

High Jump, Men

Date30 July – 1 August 2021
LocationJapan National Stadium, Kasumigaoka, Shinjuku, Tokyo
Participants33 from 24 countries

The best jumper over the past few years had been Qatari Mutaz Essa Barshim, but he had only managed a season’s best of 2.30 and was expected to be challenged by Russian Olympic Committee jumper Ilya Ivanyuk. There was some focus on the United States’ JuVaughn Harrison, who was competing in both the high jump and long jump, the first American to do that at the Olympics since Jim Thorpe in 1912.

The level of jumping was high as seven cleared 2.33, the most ever at a competition, and four jumpers cleared 2.35 metres, with two passing to the next height of 2.37. At 2.37 three jumpers cleared on their first attempt – Barshim, Italian Gianmarco Tamberi, and Belarussian Maksim Nedasekau. With passes, however, there were still six jumpers in the competition at 2.39, but Harrison, Korea’s Wu Sang-Hyeok, and Australian Brandon Starc would not clear and the medals were decided.

When Barshim, Tamberi, and Nedasekau missed all three attempts at 2.39, the bronze medal went to the Belarussian as he had one miss at his opening height of 2.19 and Barshim and Tamberi had been clear. A jump-off for gold seemed in the offing.

Or did it? An official met with the two jumpers and they asked if they had to jump-off, or if they could share the gold medal. The official informed them they could do that, and both Barshim and Tamberi would take gold. Tamberi, a decided underdog, was exultant and his victory celebration was one of the highlights of the athletics competition at Tokyo. Two gold medals in an Olympic athletics event had not happened since the 1908 pole vault, when A. C. Gilbert and Ed Cook had shared gold.

=1Mutaz Essa BarshimQATGold
=1Gianmarco TamberiITAGold
3Maksim NedasekauBLRBronze
4Wu Sang-HyeokKOR
5Brandon StarcAUS
6Mikhail AkimenkoROC
7Juvaughn HarrisonUSA
8Django LovettCAN
9Ilya IvanyukROC
10Hamish KerrNZL
11Tom GaleGBR
12Shelby McEwenUSA
13Naoto TobeJPN
=14 r1/2Mike MasonCAN
=14 r1/2Dzmitry NabokauBLR
=14 r1/2Andriy ProtsenkoUKR
=17 r1/2Takashi EtoJPN
=17 r1/2Wang YuCHN
=19 r1/2Majed GhazalSYR
=19 r1/2Edgar RiveraMEX
=21 r1/2Fernando FerreiraBRA
=21 r1/2Thiago MouraBRA
=23 r1/2Loic GaschSUI
=23 r1/2Mateusz PrzybylkoGER
25 r1/2Donald ThomasBAH
=26 r1/2Adrijus GlebauskasLTU
=26 r1/2Tihomir IvanovBUL
=26 r1/2Stefano SottileITA
=26 r1/2Luis Enrique ZayasCUB
=30 r1/2Mathew SaweKEN
=30 r1/2Darryl SullivanUSA
32 r1/2Jamal WilsonBAH
AC r1/2Lee Hup WeiMAS