| Event type

High Jump, Men

Date30 April – 1 May 1906
LocationPanathinaiko Stadio, Athina
Participants24 from 11 countries
FormatFinal only.

The top high jumper in the world was certainly Ireland’s Cornelius “Con” Leahy, AAA champion in 1905-08. He had not set any world records but was almost unbeatable in the British Isles. Since the retirement of Sam Jones, the United States had failed to produce a dominant high jumper. The top U.S. jumper was Bert Kerrigan, the 1905 AAU champion, but he had been injured on the boat ride over when the Barbarossa was hit by a large wave. Because of the injury, his chances were thought to be slim.

The event started on Monday, 30 April [17 April], but ran long and had to be stopped due to darkness. This was probably due to the fact that the bar was started at 1.375 metres, and raised one centimetre at a time. In addition, all competitors had to jump at every height - no passes were allowed! When the bar reached 1.675, seven competitors remained, and as dusk was fast approaching, it was then agreed to move the bar 2.5 centimetres at a time. Before the competition was halted, Bruno Söderström and Halfdan Bjølgerud were eliminated.

The next day the remaining five - Con Leahy, Lajos Gönczy, Bert Kerrigan, Gunnar Rönström, and Themistoklis Diakidis - agreed to start at 1.75 metres, and only Leahy and Gönczy succeeded. Leahy then cleared 1.775 to end the marathon contest. He made two attempts at 1.85 metres, but missed them both, and declined the third attempt.

Con Leahy was one of seven Irish brothers who were all excellent athletes. Pat Leahy had finished 2nd in the 1900 Olympic high jump; Tim Leahy led the 1912 world ranking list in the high jump; and Joe Leahy surpassed 7.00 metres in the long jump. In August 1909, Con and Pat Leahy emigrated to the United States, where they both lived until their deaths.

1380Con LeahyGBR1.775Gold
2795Lajos GönczyHUN1.750Silver
=3311Bert KerriganUSA1.725Bronze
=3169Themistoklis DiakidisGRE1.725Bronze
5609Gunnar RönströmSWE1.700
=6641Bruno SöderströmSWE1.675
=677Halfdan BjølgerudNOR1.675
8732Paul WeinsteinGER1.650
AC822Gustav KrojerAUT
AC846Theodor ScheidlAUT
AC163Léon DupontBEL
AC536Aage PetersenDEN
AC486Niels Bernhard LøwDEN
AC95Otto BockDEN
AC415Henri MoliniéFRA
AC506Émile PapotFRA
AC492Peter O'ConnorGBR
AC329Joseph KrämerGER
AC35Nikolaos AndreadakisGRE
AC170Nikolaos DrosinosGRE
AC433Nikolaos MourmourisGRE
AC863Géza SzegedyHUN
AC862István SomodiHUN
AC883Pál VarghaHUN
DNS685Emmanuel TsaloumasEGY
DNS294G. GiannoudovardisGRE
DNS440I. MathioudachisGRE
DNS851Orio PizioITA
DNS71Christian BuschGER
DNS559Carl Alfred PedersenNOR
DNS171Marcel DuboisBEL
DNS422Arthur MallwitzGER
DNS590Johannes RungeGER
DNS774Emilio BrambillaITA
DNS892Gaspare TorrettaITA
DNS381Eric LemmingSWE
DNS109James B. ConnollyUSA
DNS177Ray EwryUSA
DNS615Martin SheridanUSA
DNS828Karl LampelmayerAUT
DNS315Otto Hahnel-KohoutBOH
DNS1Heikki ÅhlmanFIN
DNS809Uno HäggmanFIN
DNS104Martin BeckmannGER
DNS18Epaminonas AnezakisCRT
DNS431Hjalmar MellanderSWE
DNS100Frank ConnollyUSA
DNS196Hugo FriendUSA
DNS367Bob LeavittUSA
DNS344Ioannis KetseasGRE
DNS129Tom CronanUSA