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1956 Olympic Games Melbourne, Australia - Men's High Jump

 

 

Host City: Melbourne, Australia Format: All those clearing 1.92 metres advanced to the final.
Date Started: November 23, 1956
Date Finished: November 23, 1956
(Competitors: 28; Countries: 19; Finalists: 22)
Venue(s): Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Victoria
Overview by IAAF  1956_melbournestadium.jpg
Seven feet (2.134) had seemed a particularly elusive barrier, with athletes reportedly clearing that height in practice on numerous occasions but never in competition. That was until Dumas went over 2.15 in the US Trials, establishing himself as clear favourite for Melbourne. The top European was Bengt Nilsson, European Champion and a fine dive straddle type jumper. However, Nilsson injured himself just before leaving for Australia, and failed at the qualifying height of 1.92. Ten men got over 2.00, but only five at 2.03 as Phil Reavis and Vern Wilson – both 2.07 men from the USA – were the biggest names to miss. Ken Money, who set a personal best in fifth, was next to go. Dumas, Kashkarov and the startling Porter all made 2.06 first time, with Stig Pettersson over on his last attempt. The bar now moved up in gradations of 2cm, with the powerful (1.84/90Kg) Kashkarov, and Dumas clearing at the first attempt and Porter over on his next try. Kashkarov missed at 2.10, but Porter made it, to the delight of the home crowd. With one attempt left at 2.12 Dumas then took his short run, starting languidly then accelerating sharply and poured himself over the bar grazing it slightly. Porter missed and then congratulated Dumas. Dumas, as languid away from the high jump as he was in his run-up, apparently had just one jumping session between the US Trials and Melbourne, limiting his training to a series of stretching exercises!
Summary by Sports-reference.com
At the US Olympic Trials in June, Charlie Dumas had cleared 7-0⅝, becoming the first man to legally jump over 7-feet. The mark was ratified by the IAAF as 2.15 and 7-0½. The Americans dominated the world list with only Sweden's Bengt Nilsson, 1954 European Champion, considered a threat, but he was injured shortly before leaving for Melbourne and failed to qualify for the final. The big surprise of the competition was Charles )Chilla) Porter, jumping in front of his home fans, who delighted in his successes. He had little reputation but pushed Dumas to the end. Dumas was clear thru 2.08 (6-9¾) and then had one miss at 2.10 (6-10¾), Porter also clearing on his third attempt. That had Dumas in the lead but he also went over 2.12 (6-11½) on his third attempt to solidify the gold.
 

Records

These are the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1956 Summer Olympics.

World Record 2.15 United States Charles Dumas Los Angeles (USA) June 29, 1956
Olympic Record 2.04 United States Walt Davis Helsinki (FIN) July 20, 1952

The standing Olympic record was bettered or equalized ten times.

Charles Dumas, Chilla Porter, Igor Kashkarov, and Stig Pettersson cleared 2.06 metres. Then Charles Dumas, Chilla Porter, and Igor Kashkarov also cleared 2.08 metres. Charles Dumas and Chilla Porter were also able to clear 2.10 metres. Finally Charles Dumas set the new Olympic record with 2.12 metres.

 
Results
High Jump Men Final 23 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1 2.12 Charlie Dumas United States USA 19 OR
2 2.10 Charles Porter Australia AUS 20 OR
3 2.08 Igor Kashkarov Soviet Union URS 23 OR
4 2.06 Stig Pettersson Sweden SWE 21 OR
5 2.03 Ken Money Canada CAN 21
6 2.00 Volodymyr Sitkin Soviet Union URS 21
7T 2.00 Colin Ridgeway Australia AUS 17
7T 2.00 Phil Reavis United States USA 20
9 2.00 Julius Chigbolu Nigeria NGR 27
10 2.00 Vern Wilson United States USA 25
11 1.96 Maurice Fournier France FRA 23
12T 1.96 Yukio Ishikawa Japan JPN 23
12T 1.96 Patrick Etolu Uganda UGA 21
14 1.96 Ajit Singh India IND
15 1.96 Ernie Haisley Jamaica JAM 19
16 1.96 Peter Wells Great Britain GBR 27
17 1.92 Ciriaco Baronda Philippines PHI 22
18 1.92 Joseph Leresae Kenya KEN
19 1.92 Vincent Gabriel Nigeria NGR
20 1.86 Yang C. K. Chinese Taipei TPE 23
21T 1.86 José da Conceição Brazil BRA 25
21T 1.86 Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam Sri Lanka SRI 22
High Jump Men Qualifying Round 23 November
Rank Mark Athlete Country NOC Age Records Notes
1T 1.92 Q Igor Kashkarov Soviet Union URS 23
1T 1.92 Q Volodymyr Sitkin Soviet Union URS 21
3 1.92 Q Maurice Fournier France FRA 23
4T 1.92 Q Charles Porter Australia AUS 20
4T 1.92 Q Julius Chigbolu Nigeria NGR 27
4T 1.92 Q Charlie Dumas United States USA 19
7T 1.92 Q Peter Wells Great Britain GBR 27
7T 1.92 Q Stig Pettersson Sweden SWE 21
7T 1.92 Q Yang C. K. Chinese Taipei TPE 23
7T 1.92 Q Patrick Etolu Uganda UGA 21
7T 1.92 Q Phil Reavis United States USA 20
7T 1.92 Q Vern Wilson United States USA 25
13T 1.92 Q Ajit Singh India IND
13T 1.92 Q Yukio Ishikawa Japan JPN 23
13T 1.92 Q Joseph Leresae Kenya KEN
16 1.92 Q Colin Ridgeway Australia AUS 17
17 1.92 Q Ken Money Canada CAN 21
18 1.92 Q José da Conceição Brazil BRA 25
19 1.92 Q Ernie Haisley Jamaica JAM 19
20 1.92 Q Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam Sri Lanka SRI 22
21 1.92 Q Ciriaco Baronda Philippines PHI 22
22 1.92 Q Vincent Gabriel Nigeria NGR
23 1.88 Gian Mario Roveraro Italy ITA 20
24T 1.82 John Vernon Australia AUS 27
24T 1.82 Maridjo Wirjodemedjo Indonesia INA 28
26 1.82 Bengt Nilsson Sweden SWE 22
27 1.82 I Gusti Putu Okamona Indonesia INA 26
AC NH Vladimir Polyakov Soviet Union URS 21
 
Final 14:30 Team Height 180 186 192 196 200 203 206 208 210 212 214
1. Charles Dumas USA 2.12m - - O O O XO O O XO XXO XX-
2. Charles Porter AUS 2.10m O - O O O O O XO XXO XXX
3. Igor Kashkarov URS 2.08m - - O O O O O O XXX
4. Stig Pettersson SWE 2.06m - - O O O O XXO XXX
5. Kenneth Money CAN 2.03m O O O O O XO XX
6. Vladimir Sitkin URS 2.00m - - O O O XXX
7. Phil Reavis USA 2.00m - O O O O XXX
7. Colin Ridgeway AUS 2.00m O - O O O XXX
9. Julius Obiefuna Chigbolu NGR 2.00m - XO XXO XO O XXX
10.Vernon Wilson USA 2.00m - O O O XXX
11.Maurice Fournier FRA 1.96m - - O O XXX
12.Patrick Etolu UGA 1.96m - O O O XXX
12.Yukio Ishikawa JPN 1.96m - O O O XXX
14.Ajit Singh IND 1.96m O O O O XXX
15.Ernie Haisley JAM 1.96m O - O XO XXX
16.Peter Wells GBR 1.96m O O XO XO XXX
17.Ciriaco Baronda PHI 1.92m - O XO XXX
18.Stephane Joseph KEN 1.92m O O XO XXX
19.Vincent Gabriel NGR 1.92m O O XXO XXX
20.Chuan-Kwang Yang TWN 1.86m - O XXX
21.Nagalingam Ethirveerasingam CEY 1.86m O O XXX
21.Jose Telles da Conceicao BRA 1.86m O O XXX
Qualification Round - Friday 23.11 10:00 - 2mark 1.92m
Not Qualified
22.Giann Mario Roveraro ITA 1.88m
23.Maridjo Wirjodimedjo INA 1.82m
23.Bengt Nilsson SWE 1.82m
23.John Vernon AUS 1.82m
23.Gusti Putu Oka Mona INA 1.82m
-.Vladimir Poliakov URS NM
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

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