Standing high jump

The standing high jump is an athletics event that was featured in the Olympics from 1900 to 1912. It is performed in the same way as high jump, with the difference being that the athlete has no run-up and must stand still and jump with both feet together.

Ray Ewry was the best of the Olympic era, setting world records for the standing high jump (1.65 m on July 16, 1900). He was also highly successful in the standing long jump and the standing triple jump.

The event previously enjoyed wide competition, featuring on the Olympics athletics programme from 1900 to 1912,[1] as well as at the 1922 and 1926 Women's World Games.[2] The event was contested at the Amateur Athletic Union championships in the United States as an indoor event around the turn of the 20th century.[3] Its popularity waned in the 20th century, although it maintained championship status for a longer period of time in Scandinavian countries.[4][5]

One of the best results ever is 1.90 m by Swedish athlete Rune Almén in 1980 which at the time was a Swedish record and an unofficial world record.[6] Later he also jumped 1.90 m, which today is the world record.[7] The Norwegian record is 1.82 by Sturle Kalstad in 1983.[8]

Olympic medalists

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Lewis Sheldon (USA)
1904 St. Louis
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Joseph Stadler (USA)  Lawson Robertson (USA)
1908 London
 Ray Ewry (USA)  John Biller (USA)
 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)
None awarded
1912 Stockholm
 Platt Adams (USA)  Benjamin Adams (USA)  Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)

Intercalated Games

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1906 Athens
 Ray Ewry (USA)  Martin Sheridan (USA)
 Léon Dupont (BEL)
 Lawson Robertson (USA)


  1. Athletics Men's Standing Long Jump Medalists. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  2. FSFI Women's World Games. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  3. Ray Ewry. Sports Reference. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  4. Norwegian Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  5. Swedish Indoor Championships. GBR Athletics. Retrieved on 2014-05-07.
  6. Borgström, Anders. "Jubileumsanekdoter från 100 år" (in Swedish). IFGOTA. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  7. Crona, Per. "Rekorden som inte är" (in Swedish). GFIF. Archived from the original on 2007-12-12. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
  8. "Norges beste innendørs gjennom alle tider" (in Norwegian). Archived from the original on 2008-06-03. Retrieved 2008-08-22.
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