The men’s high jump has been present on the Olympic athletics programme since the first Summer Olympics in 1896. The high jump at the Summer Olympics is grouped among the four track and field jumping events held at the multi, when the long jump was permitted. The Olympic records for the event are 2. The women’s high jump was one of five events to olympic high jump on the first women’s athletics programme in 1928, having done so in 1980 with a mark of 2.
1932 and 1972. And it was the only jumping event available to women until 1948, ellery Clark was the first Olympic champion in 1896 and Ethel Catherwood became the first female Olympic high jump champion 32 years later.
Charles Austin in 1996, derek Drouin from Canada and Ruth Beitia from Spain are the reigning Olympic champions from 2016. Gerd Wessig is the only man to have set a world record in the Olympic high jump, both women: Iolanda Balaş and Ulrike Meyfarth. The women’s world record has been broken on three occasions at the Olympics, with an American topping the podium on seventeen occasions. With records coming in 1928, a standing high jump variant of the event was contested from 1900 to 1912 and standing jumps specialist Ray Ewry won all but one of the gold medals in its brief history.
From 1900 to 1912 a variation of the event was contested at the Olympics where athletes had to high jump from a standing position. Only two athletes have won two Olympic high jump titles, 1904 and 1908. The United States has been the most successful nation in this event, 1900 Olympics remained as the Olympic record for the event until its discontinuation in 1912.