The high jump for men has been the part of the
Olympics since the inception of the modern games in 1896. The
athlete has to jump over a horizontal bar without any assistance.
Rules and Regulations
Specifications set by the International Association of Athletics
Federations or the IAAF are applied for the high jump for men in the
- The height of the horizontal bar is increased 2 centimeter at
- Length of the runway in the high jump event should not be
less than 15 meter. 20 meter or 25 meter long runway are also
used in some competitions.
- The IAAF determines the weight of the crossbar used during
the high jump event. Usually the fiber glass is used for making
- The IAAF sets the initial height of the horizontal bar, with
which the jump begins.
- For clearing a height, every athlete is given three chances.
If an athlete fails in all these, she is disqualified.
- The athlete should not dislodge the horizontal bar in the
jump. Or else he is disqualified.
- The IAAF specifies the length and width of the landing area
in the high jump event.
- The jumps taken by the athletes should be should be measured
perpendicularly from the ground.
Athletes from the United States of America and Russia have
traditionally dominated the high jump for men in Olympics.
Athletes who have excelled in the high jump event for men in
Olympics are Artur Partyka, Troy Kemp, Dragutin Topic, Sergey
Malchenko, Gennadiy Avdeyenko, Hollis Conway, Zhu Jianhua,
Vyacheslav Voronin, Javier Sotomayor, Andriy Sokolovskyy, Jacques
Freitag, Charles Austin, Sorin Matei, Rudolf Povarnitsyn, Igor
Paklin, Patrik Sjoberg, Yaroslav Rybakov, Matt Hemingway, Sergey
Klyugin, Dick Fosbury, Valeriy Brumel, Charles Dumas, John Winter,
Harry Porter, Irving Baxter, Steve Smith, Wolf-Hendrik Beyer, Ralf
Sonn, Dietmar Mogenburg, Stefan Holm, and Carlo Thranhardt.