Q:

What are the rules of high jump?

A:

High jump competitors must take off unaided from one foot and clear the 4-foot horizontal bar without knocking it to the ground. The athlete clearing the greatest height is deemed the winner of the event.

Jumpers utilize a runway at least 15 meters long and may place two markers along the runway to aid in the timing of their leap.

In the event, men and women compete in qualifying rounds, with the top finishers earning spots in the finals. Each competitor has up to three attempts to clear each height; three consecutive failures at any height or combination of heights eliminates the participant from competition.

If participants are tied at the same height, the one with the least failures at that height is declared the winner. If there is still a tie, the one with the least failures across the entire competition prevails. A 'jump-off' serves as the final tiebreaker in determining the champion.

Originating in early 19th-century Scotland, the event made its modern Olympic Games debut in 1896. As of 2014, the world record in the event is 7 feet, 11.67 inches, set by Cuban Javier Sotomayor in 1993. The women's record of 6 feet, 10.25 inches was set by Bulgaria's Stefka Kostadinova in 1987.

Learn More

Related Questions

  • Q:

    Where were the first Olympic Games held?

    A:

    The first ancient Olympic Games were held in Olympia, Greece, which is a sanctuary on the Peloponnesos peninsula. The site and the games were sacred to Zeus, the king of the Greek gods of Mount Olympus.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    What is the world record in the 400-meter dash?

    A:

    As of 2014, Michael Johnson holds the men's world record in the 400-meter dash at 43.18 seconds. Johnson set the record in Seville, Spain on Aug. 26, 1999. Marita Koch holds the women's 400-meter dash record at 47.60 seconds. She set it on Oct. 6, 1985 in Canberra, Australia.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    How long is an Olympic pool?

    A:

    An Olympic-size swimming pool is 50 meters long. The width is 25 meters. The depth is at least 2 meters, but 3 meters is recommended. An Olympic pool is divided into 10 lanes for the Olympics and eight lanes for the World Swimming Championships.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:
  • Q:

    Why are there five Olympic rings?

    A:

    The five Olympic rings in the Olympic games symbol are a representation of the coming together of the five continents into one worldwide athletic competition. The rings are colored black, blue, yellow, green and red. The colors do not represent a specific continent.

    Full Answer >
    Filed Under:

Explore