| Event type

High Jump, Men

Date31 July – 1 August 1980
LocationBolshaya arena, Tsentralny stadion imeni V.I. Lenina, Moskva
Participants30 from 19 countries
Olympic Record 1.98 / o / Harold Osborn USA / 7 July 1924

The best jumpers early in 1980 were the defending champion Jacek Wszoła of Poland, the FRG’s Dietmar Mögenburg, and Soviet Volodomyr Yashchenko. But Mögenburg was out because of the boycott and Yashchenko, who had set a world record of 2.34 (7-8) in 1978 – the last straddler to do so, was injured and did not compete. This left Wszoła as a heavy favorite. At 2.29 (7-6), four jumpers cleared, Wszoła on his first attempt, as did Jörg Freimuth and Henry Lauterbach, and Gerd Wessig, who needed two attempts (all GDR). Lauterbach went out at 2.31 (7-7) and Wessig took the lead with a first-attempt clearance. He was also the only jumper to get over 2.33 (7-7¾), securing the gold medal. But he kept going, and on his second attempt, broke the world record in clearing 2.36 (7-8¾).

PosNrAthleteNOCQualifying RoundFinal Round
1343Gerd WessigGDR2.21 (=2)2.36 (1)GoldWR
2556Jacek WszołaPOL2.21 (11)2.31 (2)SilverOR
3302Jörg FreimuthGDR2.21 (=2)2.31 (3)BronzeOR
4315Henry LauterbachGDR2.21 (=2)2.29 (4)OR
5609Roland DalhäuserSUI2.21 (5)2.24 (5)
6757Vaso KomnenićYUG2.21 (=6)2.24 (6)
7570Adrian ProteasaROU2.21 (12)2.21 (7)
8703Aleksandr GrigoryevURS2.21 (13)2.21 (8)
9276Mark NaylorGBR2.21 (1)2.21 (9)
10691Gennady BelkovURS2.21 (=6)2.21 (10)
11696Aleksey DemyanyukURS2.21 (=6)2.21 (11)
12553Janusz TrzepizurPOL2.21 (15)2.18 (12)
13568Sorin MateiROU2.21 (10)2.18 (13)
1445Guy MoreauBEL2.21 (14)2.18 (14)
15436Marco TamberiITA2.21 (=6)2.15 (15)
16146Roberto CabrejasESP2.21 (16)2.10 (16)
17 r1/2224Francis AgboFRA2.18 (17)
18 r1/2435Oscar RaiseITA2.18 (18)
19 r1/2391Zoltán TársiHUN2.18 (19)
20 r1/2421Paolo BorghiITA2.18 (20)
21 r1/29Abdel Hamid SahilALG2.18 (21)
22 r1/2159Martín PerarnauESP2.15 (22)
23 r1/2372István GibicsárHUN2.15 (23)
=24 r1/292Atanas MladenovBUL2.10 (=24)
=24 r1/2449Desmond MorrisJAM2.10 (=24)
26 r1/2124Juan Francisco CentellesCUB2.10 (26)
27 r1/2577Moussa Sagna FallSEN2.10 (27)
28 r1/24Othmane BelfaaALG2.05 (28)
=29 r1/277Cláudio FreireBRA2.05 (=29)
=29 r1/2630Ahmad BalkisSYR2.05 (=29)

Qualifying Round (31 July 1980 — 10:00)

Top 12 and ties and all those clearing 2.21 metres advanced to the final.

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts
1Mark NaylorGBR2.21004Q
=2Jörg FreimuthGDR2.21005Q
=2Henry LauterbachGDR2.21005Q
=2Gerd WessigGDR2.21005Q
5Roland DalhäuserSUI2.21015Q
=6Marco TamberiITA2.21027Q
=6Gennady BelkovURS2.21027Q
=6Aleksey DemyanyukURS2.21027Q
=6Vaso KomnenićYUG2.21027Q
10Sorin MateiROU2.21037Q
11Jacek WszołaPOL2.21115Q
12Adrian ProteasaROU2.21148Q
13Aleksandr GrigoryevURS2.21226Q
14Guy MoreauBEL2.21238Q
15Janusz TrzepizurPOL2.21248Q
16Roberto CabrejasESP2.212510Q
17Francis AgboFRA2.18003
18Oscar RaiseITA2.18015
19Zoltán TársiHUN2.18026
20Paolo BorghiITA2.18115
21Abdel Hamid SahilALG2.18237
22Martín PerarnauESP2.15014
23István GibicsárHUN2.15236
=24Atanas MladenovBUL2.10002
=24Desmond MorrisJAM2.10002
26Juan Francisco CentellesCUB2.10112
27Moussa Sagna FallSEN2.10113
28Othmane BelfaaALG2.05001
=29Cláudio FreireBRA2.05112
=29Ahmad BalkisSYR2.05112

Qualifying Round, Group A (31 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts2.05 m2.10 m2.15 m2.18 m2.21 m
=1Jörg FreimuthGDR2.21005ooooo
=1Henry LauterbachGDR2.21005ooooo
=1Gerd WessigGDR2.21005ooooo
4Roland DalhäuserSUI2.21015-ooxoo
=5Marco TamberiITA2.21027oooxxoo
=5Gennady BelkovURS2.21027oooxxoo
=5Aleksey DemyanyukURS2.21027xoxoooo
8Jacek WszołaPOL2.21115-oooxo
9Adrian ProteasaROU2.21148-xxooxoxo
10Aleksandr GrigoryevURS2.21226-oooxxo
11Janusz TrzepizurPOL2.21248-xoxooxxo
12Francis AgboFRA2.18003-oooxxx
13Oscar RaiseITA2.18015ooxooxxx
14Zoltán TársiHUN2.18026oxoxooxxx
15Paolo BorghiITA2.18115oooxoxxx

Qualifying Round, Group B (31 July 1980)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts2.05 m2.10 m2.15 m2.18 m2.21 m
1Mark NaylorGBR2.21004-oooo
2Vaso KomnenićYUG2.21027oooxxoo
3Sorin MateiROU2.21037-oxoxxoo
4Guy MoreauBEL2.21238oooxoxxo
5Roberto CabrejasESP2.212510ooxoxxoxxo
6Abdel Hamid SahilALG2.18237xoooxxoxxx
7Martín PerarnauESP2.15014oxooxxx
8István GibicsárHUN2.15236xooxxoxxx
=9Atanas MladenovBUL2.10002ooxxx
=9Desmond MorrisJAM2.10002ooxxx
11Juan Francisco CentellesCUB2.10112-xoxxx
12Moussa Sagna FallSEN2.10113oxoxxx
13Othmane BelfaaALG2.05001oxxx
=14Cláudio FreireBRA2.05112xoxxx
=14Ahmad BalkisSYR2.05112xoxxx

Final Round (1 August 1980 — 16:30)

PosAthleteNOCHeightMissesTotal MissesTotal Attempts2.10 m2.15 m2.18 m2.21 m2.24 m2.27 m2.29 m2.31 m2.33 m2.36 m2.38 m
1Gerd WessigGDR2.361311-o-oooxooxoxoxxxWR
2Jacek WszołaPOL2.31139-o-xoxoooxoxxxOR
3Jörg FreimuthGDR2.311310o-oooxxooxoxxxOR
4Henry LauterbachGDR2.29038-o-xxoxoooxxxOR
5Roland DalhäuserSUI2.24114-o-oxoxxx
6Vaso KomnenićYUG2.24226oo-oxxoxxx
7Adrian ProteasaROU2.21003-oooxxx
8Aleksandr GrigoryevURS2.21004ooooxxx
9Mark NaylorGBR2.21014-oxooxxx
10Gennady BelkovURS2.21015ooxooxxx
11Aleksey DemyanyukURS2.21237ooxoxxo-xxx
12Janusz TrzepizurPOL2.18002-ooxxx
13Sorin MateiROU2.18003oooxxx
14Guy MoreauBEL2.18114ooxoxxx
15Marco TamberiITA2.15002oo-xxx
16Roberto CabrejasESP2.10001oxxx