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High Jump, Men

Date15 July 1900 — 15:45
StatusOlympic
LocationCroix Catelan, Bois de Boulogne, Paris
Participants8 from 7 countries
FormatFinal only.
Olympic Record 1.81 / Ellery Clark USA / 10 April 1896

There was no qualifying. There were 12 entrants but only eight starters as the Sunday start eliminated two Americans, William Remington and Walter Carroll. Irv Baxter defeated Pat Leahy by clearing 1.90 metres, and then attempted to equal the world record of 1.97, but failed, in part because unrestrained spectators made it difficult for him to concentrate. Leahy had won the 1898 and 1899 AAA titles, but had also lost the 1900 AAA championship to Baxter.

Baxter was America’s top high jumper since Michael Sweeney’s professional defection. Baxter had been second in the 1897 IC4A while representing Trinity College and won that event in 1899 for Penn. He also won the 1899 AAU high jump title. Sweeney, however, also made his presence felt in Paris, as he had competed in the professional competitions earlier in the summer, winning the 100 metres, the high jump, and the long jump.

PosNrAthleteNOCHeight1.85 m1.90 m1.98 m
1Irv BaxterUSA1.90ooxxxGoldOR
2Pat LeahyGBR1.78Silver
3Lajos GönczyHUN1.75Bronze
=4Carl Albert AndersenNOR1.70
=4Eric LemmingSWE1.70
=4Waldemar SteffenGER1.70
7Léon MonnierFRA1.60
8Tore BlomSWE1.50
DNSWalter CarrollUSA
DNSArpád DanosHUN
DNSWilliam RemingtonUSA
DNSPeter O'ConnorGBR