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Olympic High Jump Rules

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Equipment and jumping area
High jumper’s shoes can have a maximum thickness of 13 millimeters in the sole and 19 millimeters in the heel.

The runway is at least 15 meters long. Competitors may place as many as two markers along the runway. The crossbar is 4 meters long.

The competition
Twelve jumpers participate in the Olympic high jump final. In the 2004 Athens Games, 38 men and 34 women participated in their respective qualifying rounds trying to earn a spot in the final. Qualification results do not carry over into the final.

Rules
Jumpers must take off on one foot.

A successful jump is one in which the crossbar remains in place when the jumper has left the landing area.

Competitors may begin jumping at any height announced by the chief judge, or may pass, at their own discretion. Three consecutive missed jumps, at any height or combination of heights, will eliminate the jumper from competition.

The victory goes to the jumper who clears the greatest height during the final. If two or more jumpers tie for first place, the tie-breakers are: 1) The fewest misses at the height at which the tie occurred; and 2) The fewest misses throughout the competition.

If the event remains tied, the jumpers have a jump-off, beginning at the next greater height. Each jumper has one attempt. The bar is then alternately lowered and raised until only one jumper succeeds at a given height.

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