Jean SHILEY

United States of America USA

Athletics

  • Olympic Medals
    1 G
  • Games participations
    2
  • First Olympic Games
    Amsterdam 1928
  • Year of Birth
    1911
Olympic Results

Biography

Jean SHILEY

As a 16-year-old schoolgirl from Haverford High School, Jean Shiley placed fourth in the 1928 Olympic high jump. The following year she won both the AAU indoor and outdoor titles and repeated the double for the next three years, although she tied for the 1932 outdoor title with Babe Didrikson. She was destined to meet Didrikson again later in the season in a classic Olympic final. Both cleared 5-5 (1.65) for a new world record, and in the jump-off both were over at 5-5¾ (1.67), but the judges ruled that Didrikson had illegally dived over the bar and the gold medal went to Shiley. IAAF rules at the time prohibited world records being recognized if set in a jump-off, so both Shiley and Didrikson were credited with a new world record of 5-5 (1.65). Jean Shiley, who joined the Meadowbrook Club of Philadelphia after leaving school, also set an unofficial world record of 5-3½ (1.61) at Boston in April 1930.

Personal Best: HJ – 1.65 (1932).

Olympic Results

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Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Los Angeles 1932

G
High Jump
High Jump Athletics
Olympic Results
Results Event Sport

Amsterdam 1928

#4
High Jump
High Jump Athletics