Athletics at the 1932 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump

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Men's high jump
at the Games of the X Olympiad
Canadian high jumper Duncan McNaughton.jpg
Duncan McNaughton
VenueLos Angeles Memorial Coliseum
DateJuly 31
Competitors14 from 10 nations
Winning height1.97
1st place, gold medalist(s) Duncan McNaughton
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Bob Van Osdel
 United States
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Simeon Toribio
← 1928
1936 →

The men's high jump event at the 1932 Olympic Games took place July 31. It was a final only format, no heats or qualifying jumps.[1] Fourteen athletes from 10 nations competed.[2] The 1930 Olympic Congress in Berlin had reduced the limit from 4 athletes per NOC to 3 athletes.[3] The event was won by Duncan McNaughton of Canada, breaking the United States' dominance over the event; McNaughton was the first non-American to win. Bob Van Osdel of the United States took silver, while Simeon Toribio earned the Philippines' first medal in any track & field athletics event.


This was the ninth appearance of the event, which is one of 12 athletics events to have been held at every Summer Olympics. The returning finalists from the 1928 Games were bronze medalist Claude Ménard of France, fourth-place finisher Simeon Toribio of the Philippines, and sixth-place finisher Kazuo Kimura of Japan. American George Spitz had been the best jumper in 1932 but was suffering from an ankle injury.[2]

Poland and Switzerland each made their debut in the event. The United States appeared for the ninth time, having competed at each edition of the Olympic men's high jump to that point.

Competition format[edit]

Due to the small number of competitors (there were fewer entrants in 1932 than there had been finalists in 1928), the competition was a direct final. Athletes had three attempts at each height.[2][4]


These were the standing world and Olympic records (in metres) prior to the 1932 Summer Olympics.

World record  Harold Osborn (USA) 2.03 Urbana, United States 27 May 1924
Olympic record  Harold Osborn (USA) 1.98 Paris, France 7 July 1924

No new world or Olympic records were set during the competition.


Date Time Round
Sunday, 31 July 1932 14:30 Final



  • o = Height cleared
  • x = Height failed
  • = Height passed
  • r  = Retired
  • SB = Season's best
  • PB = Personal best
  • NR = National record
  • AR = Area record
  • OR = Olympic record
  • WR = World record
  • WL = World lead
  • NM = No mark
  • DNS = Did not start
  • DQ = Disqualified

Jump sequences are not known for the 1.80, 1.85, and 1.90 metres heights. Kimura's jump sequence for 1.94 metres is unknown, but he cleared that height.

There were two jump-offs. For first through fourth place, the jumpers had a jump-off that started at 6'7" (2.007 metres); none cleared that height or 1.99 metres. At 1.97 metres (where they had tied during the final itself), McNaughton cleared on the first attempt to win gold. Details of the jump-off after that are not known. A second jump-off for fifth and sixth place was held; details are not known.

Rank Athlete Nation 1.80 1.85 1.90 1.94 1.97 2.00 Height
1st place, gold medalist(s) Duncan McNaughton  Canada o o xo o xxo xxx 1.97
2nd place, silver medalist(s) Bob Van Osdel  United States o o xo xo o xxx 1.97
3rd place, bronze medalist(s) Simeon Toribio  Philippines o o o xxo xxo xxx 1.97
4 Cornelius Johnson  United States o o o xo xo xxx 1.97
5 Ilmari Reinikka  Finland o o xo xo xxx N/A 1.94
6 Kazuo Kimura  Japan o o o o[5] xxx N/A 1.94
7 Misao Ono  Japan o o o x N/A 1.90
Jerzy Pławczyk  Poland o o o x N/A 1.90
9 Jack Portland  Canada o o x N/A 1.85
Claude Ménard  France o o x N/A 1.85
George Spitz  United States o o x N/A 1.85
Birger Haug  Norway o o x N/A 1.85
Angelo Tommasi  Italy o o x N/A 1.85
14 Paul Riesen  Switzerland o x N/A 1.80


  1. ^ "Athletics at the 1932 Los Angeles Summer Games: Men's High Jump". Archived from the original on 17 April 2020. Retrieved 26 December 2017.
  2. ^ a b c "High Jump, Men". Olympedia. Retrieved 15 September 2020.
  3. ^ Official Report, p. 377.
  4. ^ Official Report, p. 443.
  5. ^ Jump sequence unknown.