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2016 Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro - Men's High jump


Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to the final.
Date Started: August 14, 2016 Format: Top three in each heat and next three fastest advanced to the semi-finals.
Date Finished: August 16, 2016 Format: Top two in each heat and next two fastest advanced to round one
 Competitors 44from 28 nations  
    Venue(s): Olympic Stadium, Estádio Olímpico João Havelange, Rio de Janeiro
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 Derek Drouin
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The high jump had been one of the top events on the European circuit in the past few years, with several jumpers going over 2.40. Canadian [Derek Drouin] came in with the best competitive record, as he was the reigning World Champion, Commonwealth Games Champion, and Pan American Games Champion. Qatar'€™s [Mutaz Essa Barshim] and Ukrainian [Bohdan Bondarenko] had had the best series of marks internationally, and another challenger in Rio was American [Erik Kynard], the 2012 Olympic silver medalist.

Those four cleared 2.33 in the final, along with Ukraine'€™s [Andriy Protsenko] and Britain'€™s [Robbie Grabarz], leaving six to contest the medals. Drouin and Barshim cleared 2.36 on their first attempt, while Bondarenko passed to 2.38. He missed two attempts at that height and, after Drouin cleared on his first attempt, Bondarenko took another attempt at 2.40 but failed, settling for the bronze medal. Barshim could not clear 2.38 and won silver, as Drouin added another gold medal.

Summary by Wikipedia

Forty-four athletes competed in the qualification round, all, save for one, having achieved the Olympic qualifying mark of 2.29 m. Eleven of those competitors cleared 2.29 m to advance to the final, with an additional four who jumped 2.26 m also advancing.

The 2012 Olympic champion Ivan Ukhov was absent as a result of the Russian team's ban for doping. Another major absence, due to injury, was Italy's Gianmarco Tamberi who ranked second in the world and had won the 2016 World Indoor Championships. The top ranked athlete with 2.40 m was Qatar's Mutaz Essa Barshim, who won the 2012 Olympic bronze medal and had previously jumped 2.43m in competition in 2014, the second-highest clearance in history. Derek Drouin of Canada, who shared the 2012 bronze with Barshim, was ranked third in the world in 2016 and was the winner at the 2015 World Championships. The 2015 silver and bronze medallists Bohdan Bondarenko and Zhang Guowei, American Olympic medallist Erik Kynard, and 31-year-old Donald Thomas of the Bahamas (ranked fourth), also qualified for the event. All those athletes, save for Zhang, advanced to the final.

The opening height in the final was 2.20 m. Of the 15 men who qualified for the final, two failed to clear the next height, 2.25 m, and a further three were eliminated at 2.29 m. Six athletes remained clean through 2.29 m, having no misses on any of their attempts (though Bondarenko passed at the height). At 2.33 m, five competitors cleared on their initial attempt, four were eliminated and six remained in the competition. Barshim, Drouin, and Bondarenko remained clean at 2.33 m; Robert Grabarz and Andriy Protsenko also cleared 2.33 m on their first attempts, but both men had a single miss at earlier heights and were tied for fourth. Erik Kynard was in sixth place after taking three attempts to get over 2.33 m. Barshim and Drouin remained perfect at 2.36 m; Grabarz, Protsenko and Kynard were unable to advance while Bondarenko passed at the height. Barshim, Drouin and Bondarenko were now guaranteed medals, as Barshim and Drouin were the only ones over 2.36 m, and Bondarenko had fewer misses in the competition than the three others (besides Drouin, Barshim and himself) who had cleared 2.33 m. With the bar now set at 2.38 m (7 ft 912 in) , Drouin cleared on his first attempt. Barshim was unable to clear 2.38 m after three attempts, and was eliminated. Bondarenko failed twice to clear at the height and, following Barshim's second failure, he elected to pass his third attempt. With the bar raised to an Olympic-record height of 2.40 m, he hoped to clear and take the lead from Drouin, but he had only a single attempt. Jumping before Drouin, he failed at his attempt and Drouin won the competition, securing Canada's first gold medal in the event since 1932. Having won the gold medal, Drouin elected to attempt the height and thus set a new Olympic record. His single attempt was a failure and he decided to retire from the competition. Barshim received the silver medal and Bondarenko received the bronze.

The medals for the competition were presented by Samih Moudallal, Syria, member of the International Olympic Committee, and the gifts were presented by Dahlan Al Hamad, Vice President of the International Association of Athletics Federations.

Competition format

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete had three attempts at each height and was eliminated if they had three consecutive failed attempts, either at one height, or over two (or even three) heights if they chose to pass after one or two failures at one height. Athletes who successfully jumped the qualifying height moved on to the final. If fewer than 12 reached that height, the best 12 moved on. Cleared heights reset for the final, which followed the same three-attempts-per-height format until all athletes recorded three consecutive failed attempts, save for the victor who could opt not to make any more attempts. 


Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Javier Sotomayor (CUB) 2.45 m Salamanca, Spain 27 July 1993
Olympic record  Charles Austin (USA) 2.39 m Atlanta, Georgia, United States 28 July 1996
2016 World leading  Mutaz Essa Barshim (QAT) 2.40 m Opole, Poland 11 June 2016
16 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's high jump final – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

Derek Drouin has been a bit under the radar for much of this summer, despite being the wold champion, but he cleared 2.38m at the Eberstadt high jump meeting in Germany last month to show all was well and replicated that height when winning in Rio.

Drouin proved, once again, that he is the man for the big occasion.

After a stellar collegiate career while a student in the USA, he took a bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympic Games at the age of 22 and has kept on getting on the podium ever since.

He also took bronze at the 2013 World Championships, then gold in 2015 as well as gold at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and 2015 Pan Am Games.

In Rio, the crucial height came at 2.33m. 10 of the 15 field for the final were still in the contest at that height and six cleared it. Drouin, world leader Mutaz Essa Barshim, 2013 world champion Bogdan Bondarenko, world indoor silver medallist Robbie Grabarz and 2014 European silver medallist Andriy Protsenko all cleared on their first attempt while 2012 Olympic silver medallist and this year’s US champion Erik Kynard need three tries to go clear.

Bondarenko passed at 2.36m while Drouin and Barshim both produced soaring clearances at this height with their first attempts, and the other three all brought the bar down three times.

With the medallists now known but not the order – Bondarenko had been flawless up to and including 2.33m while Grabarz, Kynard and Protsenko all had failures to their name up to that point in the competition – the bar was raised to 2.38m.

Bondarenko golden gamble fails

Bondarenko had a narrow failure, just brining the bar down with his calf but then Drouin produced the jump of his life to go clear at 2.38m and take the initiative. With plenty of daylight between himself and the bar, it was intrinsically better than when he jumped his Canadian record of 2.40m at the Drake Relays in 2014.

It was to be the winning effort and the last successful jump of the contest.

Barshim had three competent attempts at 2.38m without quite looking like he was going to clear this height and moved up from bronze four years ago in London to silver on this occasion – the best ever result by a Qatari sportsman or women in the history of the Olympics after four bronze medals – while Bondarenko had one further, and poorer, attempt at 2.38m before having one final throw of the dice and taking his last attempt at 2.40m.

This too was a failure and he had to settle for the bronze medal.

With Olympic gold his, the first Canadian success in this event since Duncan McNaughton in 1932, Drouin had one valedictory attempt at 2.40m but, emotionally spent, it was a half-hearted effort and he then called it a night.

"It feels pretty sweet," said a contented Drouin. "There have been some sacrifices but I've always prided myself on my mental toughness. My family were in the front row. Mom was in tears and Pop was so proud."

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

High jump Men     Final 16 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 2.38     Derek Drouin   CAN 6 Mar 90   =SB
2 2.36     Mutaz Essa Barshim   QAT 24 Jun 91    
3 2.33     Bogdan Bondarenko   UKR 30 Aug 89    
4 2.33     Andrii Protsenko   UKR 20 May 88   =SB
4 2.33     Robbie Grabarz   GBR 3 Oct 87   SB
6 2.33     Erik Kynard   USA 3 Feb 91    
7 2.29     Majed El Dein Ghazal   SYR 21 Apr 87    
7 2.29     Kyriakos Ioannou   CYP 26 Jul 84   SB
7 2.29     Donald Thomas   BAH 1 Jul 84    
10 2.29     Tihomir Ivanov   BUL 11 Jul 94   =PB
11 2.25     Trevor Barry   BAH 14 Jun 83    
12 2.25     Dimítrios Hondrokoúkis   CYP 26 Jan 88    
13 2.25     Joel Castro   PUR 28 Jan 91    
14 2.20     Jaroslav Bába   CZE 2 Sep 84    
15 2.20     Brandon Starc   AUS 24 Nov 93    
14 AUG 2016 Report Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Report: men's high jump qualifying – Rio 2016 Olympic Games

A massive 43 men started the high jump qualifying competition with ambitions of either clearing the automatic qualifying height of 2.31m to make Tuesday night’s final, or being among the top 12.

The critical height was 2.29m with 12 men in each of the two groups still in contention.

Only 11 cleared this height so there was no need to raise the bar further and the four men who were flawless up to and including 2.26m also progressed to the final.

Four men had no failures in the qualifying competition: world champion Derek Drouin and his predecessor Bogdan Bondarenko, world leader Mutaz Essa Barshim from Qatar and, perhaps surprisingly, Bulgaria’s Tikomir Ivanov, who provided a delighted jig for the crowd upon clearing the height which equalled his personal best.

Nearly all the expected medal contenders progressed but, almost inevitably in such a large field, there were a few notable casualties.

World silver medallist Zhang Guowei from China could go no higher than 2.22m, nor could his compatriot Wang Yu, both men having cleared 2.33m this year.

Recent European Championships medallists, Chris Baker from Great Britain and Eike Onnen from Germany, were also eliminated. Both men cleared 2.26m but had failures during the competition.

An interested and somewhat disconsolate spectator was Italy’s Gianmarco Tamberi, winner of the world indoor and European titles this year, who many a month ago would have considered the gold medal favourite.

He cleared an Italian record of 2.39m when winning at the IAAF Diamond League meeting in Monaco last month before injuring himself while attempting 2.41m and subsequently being ruled out of Rio.

He was moved to tears of frustration on several occasions and had to be consoled by his girlfriend.

Phil Minshull for the IAAF

High jump Men     Qualification 14 August        
Rank Mark Wind   Athlete Country NOC Birth Date   Records
1 2.29   q Mutaz Essa Barshim   QAT 24 Jun 91 A 1  
1 2.29   q Bogdan Bondarenko   UKR 30 Aug 89 A 1  
1 2.29   q Derek Drouin   CAN 6 Mar 90 B 1  
1 2.29   q Tihomir Ivanov   BUL 11 Jul 94 B 1 =PB
5 2.29   q Robbie Grabarz   GBR 3 Oct 87 B 3  
5 2.29   q Erik Kynard   USA 3 Feb 91 B 3  
7 2.29   q Majed El Dein Ghazal   SYR 21 Apr 87 B 5  
7 2.29   q Andrii Protsenko   UKR 20 May 88 A 3 =SB
9 2.29   q Donald Thomas   BAH 1 Jul 84 B 6  
10 2.29   q Trevor Barry   BAH 14 Jun 83 A 4 SB
10 2.29   q Brandon Starc   AUS 24 Nov 93 A 4 SB
12 2.26   q Jaroslav Bába   CZE 2 Sep 84 B 7 =SB
12 2.26   q Joel Castro   PUR 28 Jan 91 A 6  
12 2.26   q Dimítrios Hondrokoúkis   CYP 26 Jan 88 B 7 =SB
12 2.26   q Kyriakos Ioannou   CYP 26 Jul 84 A 6 SB
16 2.26     Chris Baker   GBR 2 Feb 91 A 8  
17 2.26     Ricky Robertson   USA 19 Sep 90 A 9  
18 2.26     Michael Mason   CAN 30 Sep 86 A 10 SB
18 2.26     Nauraj Singh Randhawa   MAS 27 Jan 92 B 9  
20 2.26     Dmytro Yakovenko   UKR 17 Sep 92 B 10 =SB
21 2.26     Bradley Adkins   USA 30 Dec 93 B 11 PB
22 2.26     Woo Sang-Hyeok   KOR 23 Apr 96 A 11  
23 2.26     David Smith   PUR 2 May 92 B 12  
24 2.26     Eike Onnen   GER 3 Aug 82 A 12  
25 2.22     Wojciech Theiner   POL 25 Jun 86 A 13  
25 2.22     Jamal Wilson   BAH 1 Sep 88 B 13  
25 2.22     Zhang Guowei   CHN 4 Jun 91 B 13  
28 2.22     Mateusz Przybylko   GER 9 Mar 92 B 15  
29 2.22     Arturo Chávez   PER 12 Jan 90 B 16  
30 2.22     Sylwester Bednarek   POL 28 Apr 89 B 17  
30 2.22     Andrei Churyla   BLR 19 May 93 A 14 SB
32 2.22     Wang Yu   CHN 18 Aug 91 A 15  
33 2.22     Silvano Chesani   ITA 17 Jul 88 A 16 SB
34 2.22     Konstadínos Baniótis   GRE 6 Nov 86 A 17  
35 2.17     Matúš Bubeník   SVK 14 Nov 89 A 18  
35 2.17     Takashi Eto   JPN 5 Feb 91 A 18  
35 2.17     Hsiang Chun-Hsieng   TPE 4 Sep 93 A 18  
35 2.17     Edgar Rivera   MEX 13 Feb 91 B 18  
35 2.17     Eugenio Rossi   SMR 6 Mar 92 A 18  
35 2.17     Talles Frederico Silva   BRA 20 Aug 91 B 18  
41 2.17     Joel Baden   AUS 1 Feb 96 B 20  
41 2.17     Dmitriy Kroyter   ISR 18 Feb 93 A 22  
43 2.17     Dzmitry Nabokau   BLR 20 Jan 96 B 21  
43 2.17     Yun Seung-Hyun   KOR 1 Jun 94 B 21  

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Qualifying round A

Qualification rule: Qualifying performance 2.31 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

1 A Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar o o o o 2.29 q
1 A Bohdan Bondarenko  Ukraine - o - o 2.29 q
7 A Andriy Protsenko  Ukraine o o o xo 2.29 q
10 A Trevor Barry  Bahamas o o xo xxo 2.29 q, SB
10 A Brandon Starc  Australia xo o o xxo 2.29 q, SB
12 A Luis Castro  Puerto Rico o o o xxx 2.26 q
12 A Kyriakos Ioannou  Cyprus o o o xxx 2.26 q
16 A Chris Baker  Great Britain xo o o xxx 2.26  
17 A Ricky Robertson  United States o o xo xxx 2.26  
18 A Michael Mason  Canada xo o xo xxx 2.26  
22 A Woo Sang-hyeok  South Korea o o xxo xxx 2.26  
24 A Eike Onnen  Germany o xxo xxo xxx 2.26  
25 A Wojciech Theiner  Poland o o xxx   2.22  
30 A Andrei Churyla  Belarus o xo xxx   2.22  
32 A Wang Yu  China xo xo xxx   2.22  
33 A Silvano Chesani  Italy o xxo xxx   2.22  
34 A Konstadinos Baniotis  Greece xo xxo xxx   2.22  
35 A Matúš Bubeník  Slovakia o xxx     2.17  
35 A Takashi Eto  Japan o xxx     2.17  
35 A Hsiang Chun-hsien  Chinese Taipei o xxx     2.17  
35 A Eugenio Rossi  San Marino o xxx     2.17  
41 A Dmitry Kroyter  Israel xo xxx     2.17  

Qualifying round B

Qualification rule: Qualifying performance 2.31 (Q) or at least 12 best performers (q) advance to the Final.

1 B Derek Drouin  Canada o o o o 2.29 q
1 B Tihomir Ivanov  Bulgaria o o o o 2.29 q, SB
5 B Robert Grabarz  Great Britain - o xo o 2.29 q
5 B Erik Kynard  United States o o xo o 2.29 q
7 B Majd Eddin Ghazal  Syria - o o xo 2.29 q
9 B Donald Thomas  Bahamas o o xo xo 2.29 q
12 B Jaroslav Bába  Czech Republic o o o xxx 2.26 q
12 B Dimitrios Chondrokoukis  Cyprus o o o xxx 2.26 q, SB
18 B Nauraj Singh Randhawa  Malaysia xo o xo xxx 2.26  
20 B Dmytro Yakovenko  Ukraine o xxo xo xxx 2.26 SB
21 B Bradley Adkins  United States xxo xo xo xxx 2.26  
23 B David Adley Smith II  Puerto Rico o xo xxo xxx 2.26  
25 B Jamal Wilson  Bahamas o o xxx   2.22  
25 B Zhang Guowei  China o o xxx   2.22  
28 B Mateusz Przybylko  Germany xo o xxx   2.22  
29 B Arturo Chávez  Peru xxo o xxx   2.22  
30 B Sylwester Bednarek  Poland o xo xxx   2.22  
35 B Edgar Rivera  Mexico o xxx     2.17  
35 B Talles Frederico Silva  Brazil o xxx     2.17  
41 B Joel Baden  Australia xo xxx     2.17  
43 B Dzmitry Nabokau  Belarus xxo xxx     2.17  
43 B Yun Seung-hyun  South Korea xxo xxx     2.17  


1st place, gold medalist(s) Derek Drouin  Canada o o o o o o x 2.38  
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Mutaz Essa Barshim  Qatar o o o o o xxx   2.36  
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Bohdan Bondarenko  Ukraine o o xx– x 2.33  
4 Robert Grabarz  Great Britain o xo o o xxx     2.33 =SB
Andriy Protsenko  Ukraine o o xo o xxx     2.33 SB
6 Erik Kynard  United States o xo o xxo xxx     2.33  
7 Majd Eddin Ghazal  Syria o o o xxx       2.29  
Kyriakos Ioannou  Cyprus o o o xxx       2.29  
Donald Thomas  Bahamas o o o xxx       2.29  
10 Tihomir Ivanov  Bulgaria o xo o xxx       2.29 =PB
11 Trevor Barry  Bahamas o o xxx         2.25  
12 Dimitrios Chondrokoukis  Cyprus xo o xxx         2.25  
13 Luis Castro  Puerto Rico o xxo xxx         2.25  
14 Jaroslav Bába  Czech Republic o xxx           2.20  
15 Brandon Starc  Australia xo xxx           2.20  


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