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1908 Olympic Games London, Great Britain - Men's High Jump

 

 

Host City: London, Great Britain Format: The eight leading competitors in the qualifying round advanced to the final. There were eight scheduled qualifying sections. The scheduled eight qualifying sections were consolidated into four pools. Marks from the qualifying round were carried forward to the final.
Date Started: July 21, 1908
Date Finished: July 21, 1908
(Competitors: 22; Countries: 10; Finalists: 7)
Venue(s): White City Stadium, London
Overview by IAAF  1908_olympic_stadium.jpg
Porter had been the best US jumper in the series of American selection meetings, jumping 1.88, and was co-favourite with 1906 champion Leahy. The 22 athletes were divided into four pools of jumpers with qualifying marks counting for the final result. While Leahy and Porter were expected to do well, Somodi and André were not; yet both men set national records, André improved from 1.79 to 1.80, 1.83, 1.85 and finally 1.88. The 1.88/87kg Frenchman was built heroically, and both in sports (he competed for France for nearly 20 years and was a rugby international) and in life (he escaped from a German POW camp in World War One) he was indeed a hero. Under current rules André would have been fourth with Leahy second and Somodi third. Porter, almost as impressive physically as André at 1.89/84kg was the only man to clear 1.905 and he went on to try a world record of 1.975. A month after the Games Leahy jumped 1.953 to head the world rankings for 1908. Somodi, a small jumper (1.75/68Kg) was over 1.905 on his final attempt, but dislodged the bar with his hand.
Summary by Sports-reference.com
The high jump world record was still held by America's Mike Sweeney, who had cleared 6-5 5/8 (1.97) in 1895. He had long since turned professional and subsequently retired. The Olympic record was the 6-2­ (1.90) which had won the 1900 gold medal for Irv Baxter (USA). The favorite for the 1908 Olympics was probably the great Irish jumper, Con Leahy, who had won the AAA title from 1905-08. He had also won the American AAU championship in 1907, and was also the defending Olympic champion, having won in 1906. The best American jumper was Harry Porter, who in 1908 won the AAU title and the Eastern Olympic Trial. Porter had also been 2nd at the 1905 IC4A Meet.
The Official Report makes no mention of qualifying conditions but there were eight scheduled qualifying sections, which were consolidated into four pools. After Pool One had been completed at the South End of the Stadium, the officials decided that the slippery conditions were unsuitable and moved the remaining three pools to another jumping area at the North End of the Stadium. Herbert Gidney (USA), who had not qualified in the first pool, then lodged a protest, claiming that the original results of the first pool should be declared void and the competition held again under more favorable conditions at the North End. Despite the fact that all the competitors had been equally affected by the original adverse conditions, the judges, rather surprisingly, upheld Gidney's protest.
Otto Monsen (NOR) and Edward Leader (GBR) had shared first place in the original competition, but Monsen refused to take part in the re-scheduled event, while Leader failed to match the height he had achieved in the less favorable conditions. The only beneficiary of the protest was Gidney himself.
Having won the competition, Harry Porter made three unsuccessful attempts at the world record height of 6-5­ (1.97). For these world record attempts, Porter removed his sweater for the first time in the competition. In the final, István Somodi (HUN) was the only competitor to improve on his qualifying mark in the morning. Leahy, Somodi, and Géo André (FRA) had a jump-off for the silver and bronze medals, but none could equal their earlier marks so they were declared equal second.
After the Olympics, Harry Porter continued to be a top jumper. He led the 1909 world lists with 6-4 (1.93), and tied for first in 1911 at the AAU Meet, but he did not compete at the 1912 Olympics.
 
 
Results
Harry Porter equalized the standing Olympic record with 1.90 metres.
High Jump Men Final 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.90 Harry Porter United States USA 25 OR
2T 1.88 Con Leahy Great Britain GBR 32
2T 1.88 Géo André France FRA 18
2T 1.88 István Somodi Hungary HUN 22
5T 1.85 Herbert Gidney United States USA 26
5T 1.85 Tom Moffitt United States USA 24
7 1.83 Neil Patterson United States USA 22
High Jump Men Qualifying Round 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
NP 1.90 Q Harry Porter United States USA 25 OR
NP 1.88 Q Con Leahy Great Britain GBR 32
NP 1.88 Q Géo André France FRA 18
NP 1.85 Q Herbert Gidney United States USA 26
NP 1.85 Q Tom Moffitt United States USA 24
NP 1.85 Q István Somodi Hungary HUN 22
NP 1.83 Q Neil Patterson United States USA 22
NP 1.80 Q Axel Hedenlund Sweden SWE 20
NP 1.79 Otto Monsen Norway NOR 20
NP 1.78 Pat Leahy Great Britain GBR 30
NP 1.77 Edward Leader Great Britain GBR 25
NP 1.77 George Barber Canada CAN 23
NP 1.77 Haswell Wilson Great Britain GBR 23
NP 1.72 József Haluzsinszky Hungary HUN
NP 1.72 Henry Olsen Norway NOR 21
NP 1.72 Garfield MacDonald Canada CAN 26
NP 1.67 Lauri Wilskman Finland FIN 20
NP 1.67 Lauri Pihkala Finland FIN 20
NP 1.67 Folke Hellstedt Sweden SWE 17
NP 1.67 Léon Dupont Belgium BEL 26
NP 1.65 Herman van Leeuwen Netherlands NED 23
NP 1.59 Al Bellerby Great Britain GBR 20
High Jump Men Qualifying Round Group A 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.79 Otto Monsen Norway NOR 20
1T 1.79 Edward Leader Great Britain GBR 25
3 1.77 Herbert Gidney United States USA 26
4 1.72 József Haluzsinszky Hungary HUN
5 1.67 Lauri Wilskman Finland FIN 20
6 1.55 Al Bellerby Great Britain GBR 20
High Jump Men Qualifying Round Group A Re-Jump 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.85 Herbert Gidney United States USA 26
2 1.77 Edward Leader Great Britain GBR 25
3 1.72 József Haluzsinszky Hungary HUN
4 1.59 Al Bellerby Great Britain GBR 20
High Jump Men Qualifying Round Group B 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.88 Con Leahy Great Britain GBR 32
1T 1.88 Géo André France FRA 18
3 1.83 Neil Patterson United States USA 22
4 1.80 Axel Hedenlund Sweden SWE 20
5 1.78 Pat Leahy Great Britain GBR 30
6T 1.72 Henry Olsen Norway NOR 21
6T 1.72 Garfield MacDonald Canada CAN 26
8 1.67 Lauri Pihkala Finland FIN 20
High Jump Men Qualifying Round Group C 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.90 Harry Porter United States USA 25 OR
2T 1.85 Tom Moffitt United States USA 24
2T 1.85 István Somodi Hungary HUN 22
4T 1.67 Folke Hellstedt Sweden SWE 17
4T 1.67 Léon Dupont Belgium BEL 26
6 1.65 Herman van Leeuwen Netherlands NED 23
High Jump Men Qualifying Round Group D 21 July
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.77 George Barber Canada CAN 23
1T 1.77 Haswell Wilson Great Britain GBR 23
 

 

 

 

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