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1900 Olympic Games Paris, France - Men's Standing High Jump



Host City: Paris, France
Date Started: July 16, 1900
Date Finished: July 16, 1900
(Competitors: 3; Countries: 1)
Venue(s): Catalan Cross, Boulogne Forest, Paris
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Ewry, a 26 year-old from Indiana, was the dominant athlete in standing jump events. As a child he contracted polio, and took up exercise to try to regain use of his legs. This he did, and grew to become healthy enough to win 15 AAU championships in standing jump events, despite the fact that the events were not held for six seasons (1899-1904) during his career. In the Paris high jump he won with a world best of 1.64 (beating his best of 1.63), and then cleared the bar at 1.655.
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Ray Ewry won the first three of his 10 Olympic gold medals in the standing jumps. In the standing high jump, he won the competition easily over Baxter, but went on to break the world record with a jump of 1.63 metres. He then broke that record with another jump of 1.655 metres. In all three events, he won by large margins. As a child, Ray Ewry was paralyzed with polio and took up jumping exercises in order to strengthen his legs. He did so to such an extent that he became the greatest exponent of the standing jumps ever seen.
Standing High Jump Men Final 16 July
Ewry had little difficulty winning this event, setting a world record at 1.630 metres and then another at 1.655 metres, also the first Olympic record.
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 1.655 Ray Ewry United States USA 26
2 1.525 Irv Baxter United States USA 24
3 1.500 Lewis Sheldon United States USA 25




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