| Event type

High Jump, Women

Date 7 August 1948 — 15:35
LocationEmpire Stadium, Wembley, London
Participants19 from 10 countries
FormatFinal only.

Missing from the field was World Record holder Fanny Blankers-Koen. She would definitely have been a contender, but had decided to limit the number of starts in London following her experiences at the 1946 European Championships,in which she fell in the semi-finals of the 100 metres, breaking her concentration for the high jump event, held immediately afterwards. In London two women reaching 1.68 (5-6), the competition was a high level affair. Both Alice Coachman and Dorothy Tyler cleared the height, and failed at the next height, 1.70 (5-7) metres. As Coachman had cleared the height in her first try, she was awarded the gold ahead of Tyler. This was unlucky for the British woman, who had also won a silver medal (as Dorothy Odam) in 1936. Back then, she had cleared the winning height in fewer attempts, but the rules in Berlin called for a jump-off, which she lost. Coachman’s victory was notable as she was the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

PosNrAthleteNOCHeight1.61 m1.64 m1.66 m1.68 m1.70 m
1755Alice CoachmanUSA1.68oxoxooxxxGoldOR
2750Dorothy TylerGBR1.68oxxooxoxxxSilverOR
3748Micheline OstermeyerFRA1.61xoxxxBronze
=4738Vinton BeckettJAM1.58
=4743Doreen DredgeCAN1.58
6734Bertha CrowtherGBR1.58
7742Ilse SteineggerAUT1.55
8925Dora GardnerGBR1.55
=9746Anne IversenDEN1.50
=9749Simone RuasFRA1.50
=11700Carmen PhippsJAM1.50
=11740Bernice RobinsonUSA1.50
=11744Shirley GordonCAN1.50
=14747Anne-Marie ColchenFRA1.40
=14754Emma ReedUSA1.40
=14752Triny BourkelLUX1.40
=17676Elizabeth MüllerBRA1.40
=17751Olga GyarmatiHUN1.40
19745Elaine SilburnCAN1.40
DNS665Noemí Simonetto de PortelaARG
DNS753Milly LudwigLUX
DNS692Fanny Blankers-KoenNED