Tim Forsyth

Last updated

Tim Forsyth
Medal record
Men’s athletics
Representing Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
Olympic Games
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1992 Barcelona High jump
World Championships
Bronze medal icon (B initial).svg 1997 Athens High jump

Tim Forsyth (born 17 August 1973 in Mirboo North, Victoria, Australia) is a retired Australian three-time Olympic high jumper: 1992, 1996, and 2000). [1]


Forsyth's first success on the international scene came in 1990 with a silver medal at the World Junior Championships. In 1992 a 19-year-old Forsyth won an Olympic bronze medal, equalling his then personal best height of 2.34m. He went on to win another World Junior Championships silver medal, this time beaten by Brit Steve Smith. At the 1994 Commonwealth Games Forsyth finished ahead of Steve Smith.

His ultimate personal best jump of 2.36m was set in 1997, five months before he won his last global-event medal: A bronze at the World Championships in Athens. 2.36m was his ninth Australian record, and also the Oceanian area record. Forsyth is a six-time national champion for Australia in the men's high jump event.

He is the son of former Essendon footballer Jim Forsyth. [2]

Competition record

Representing Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia
1990 World Junior Championships Plovdiv, Bulgaria 2nd 2.29 m
1991 World Indoor Championships Seville, Spain 8th 2.28 m
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 29th (q) 2.24 m
1992 Olympic Games Barcelona, Spain 3rd 2.34 m
World Junior Championships Seoul, South Korea 2nd 2.31 m
1993 World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 9th 2.28 m
1994 Commonwealth Games Victoria, Canada 1st 2.32 m
1995 World Championships Gothenburg, Sweden 8th 2.25 m
1996 Olympic Games Atlanta, United States 7th 2.32 m
1997 World Indoor Championships Paris, France 16th (q) 2.24 m
World Championships Athens, Greece 3rd 2.35 m
1998 Commonwealth Games Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 3rd 2.28 m
1999 World Championships Seville, Spain 15th (q) 2.26 m
2000 Olympic Games Sydney, Australia 14th (q) 2.24 m

Related Research Articles

Stephen James Backley, OBE is a retired British track and field athlete who competed in the javelin throw. He formerly held the world record, and his 91.46-metre (300.1 ft) throw from 1992 is the British record. During his career, he was a firm fixture in the British national athletics team. He won four gold medals at the European Championships, three Commonwealth Games gold medals, two silvers and a bronze at the Olympic Games, and two silvers at the World Championships. Currently, he is an occasional commentator for athletics competitions, especially the field events.

Timothy James Carrington Foster, MBE is an English rower who won a gold medal at the 2000 Summer Olympics in Sydney, Australia.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Šárka Kašpárková</span> 20th and 21st-century Czech athlete

Šárka Kašpárková is a Czech former track and field athlete who specialised in the triple jump.

Abderrahmane Hammad Zaheer is the Algerian Minister of Youth and Sports and a former track and field athlete who competed in the high jump. He represented his country at the Summer Olympics in 2000, taking the bronze medal and made a second appearance at the 2004 Athens Olympics. His personal best of 2.34 m is the Algerian record for the event. He retired from the sport in 2010. In 2020, he became the President of the Algerian Olympic Committee. Hammad was appointed as minister on 16 March 2023.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Mike Smith (decathlete)</span> Canadian decathlete

Michael Cameron "Mike" Smith is a Canadian decathlete from Kenora, Ontario.

Steve Smith is a retired British high jumper. Smith's indoor mark of 2.38 metres and his outdoor mark of 2.37 metres are British records in the high jump.

The men's high jump was an event at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. There were 38 competitors from 28 nations, with one non-starter. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The event was won by Charles Austin of the United States, the nation's first victory in the men's high jump since 1968 and 13th overall. Artur Partyka of Poland became the seventh man to win two medals in the event, following his 1992 bronze with silver in these Games. Steve Smith's bronze was Great Britain's first medal in the men's high jump since 1908.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Michael Mason (high jumper)</span> Canadian high jumper

Michael Robert Christopher Mason is a Canadian high jumper. The 2004 World Junior champion, he has represented Canada at the 2008 Summer Olympics, 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships, 2010 Commonwealth Games, 2012 Summer Olympics, 2014 Commonwealth Games, 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2015 Pan American Games. His personal best for the event is 2.33 metres.

The men's high jump was an event at the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. There were 43 participating athletes from 27 nations. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The qualification mark was set at 2.29 metres. The event was won by Javier Sotomayor of Cuba, the nation's first victory in the men's high jump. Patrik Sjöberg of Sweden earned silver, becoming the first man to win a third medal in the event, though he never won gold. Sweden was only the third country to have three consecutive podium appearances. A three-way tie for third could not be resolved by countback, so bronze medals were awarded to Tim Forsyth, Artur Partyka, and Hollis Conway.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">John Smith (sprinter)</span> American sprinter

John Walton Smith is a former American athlete, who competed in the sprints events during his career. He is best known for winning the 400 m event at the 1971 Pan American Games. He remains the world record holder for the 440 yard dash at 44.5 seconds. He set the record while winning the USA Outdoor Track and Field Championships on June 26, 1971 while running for the Southern California Striders. The record has stood since then due to metrification in the sport. Contemporary athletes rarely run or are timed officially for the extra 2.34 meters to equal 440 yards.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Athletics at the 2000 Summer Olympics – Men's high jump</span>

The men's high jump event at the 2000 Summer Olympics as part of the athletics program was held at the Olympic Stadium on Friday, 22 September and Sunday, 24 September. Thirty-five athletes from 24 nations competed. The maximum number of athletes per nation had been set at 3 since the 1930 Olympic Congress. The high jump has been ever present since the beginning of the modern Olympic Games in 1896. The event was won by Sergey Klyugin of Russia, the nation's first medal and victory in the men's high jump in the nation's first appearance after the breakup of the Soviet Union. Javier Sotomayor of Cuba was the eighth man to win a second medal in the event ; he joined Valeriy Brumel and Jacek Wszoła as the most successful Olympic high jumpers in history with a gold and a silver—despite missing the 1984 and 1988 Games due to boycott and being hampered by injury in 1996. Abderrahmane Hammad's bronze was Algeria's first medal in the men's high jump.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Steven Langton</span> American bobsledder

Steven Daniel Langton is an American bobsledder. He won silver medals in both the two-man and four-man events at the 2014 Winter Olympics, and gold in both the two-man and four-man events at the 2012 FIBT World Championships.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Robbie Grabarz</span> British high jumper

Robert Karl Grabarz is a retired British high jumper. Active during the 2010s, with his greatest success coming in two periods between 2012 and 2017. He was the 2012 European champion, the 2012 Diamond League high jump champion and won a shared silver medal in the 2012 Summer Olympics, which was upgraded from bronze after disqualification of the original winner, Ivan Ukhov of Russia, for doping in 2021.

Henry Frayne is an Australian track and field athlete who competes in triple jump and long jump. He qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and finished 14th in qualifying with a distance of 7.93m, and did not qualify for the final.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Ashley Spencer (athlete)</span> American sprinter

Ashley Spencer is an American track and field athlete who competes in the 400 metres and the 400 metres hurdles. In the 400m hurdles, she is the 2016 Olympic bronze medalist. In the 400m, she is the 2012 World Junior Champion and the 2016 World Indoor silver medalist. She is coached by 1996 Olympic bronze medalist Tonya Buford-Bailey.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Saleh Al-Haddad</span> Kuwaiti long jumper

Saleh Abdelaziz Alhaddad is a Kuwaiti track and field athlete who specialises in the long jump. He holds the Kuwaiti records for the event with bests of 7.94 m indoors and 8.02 m outdoors. He also holds the national best for the 60 metres, with his time of 6.78 seconds. He represented Kuwait at the global level at the 2008 IAAF World Indoor Championships and the 2003 World Youth Championships in Athletics.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Tom Walsh (shot putter)</span> New Zealand shot putter

Tomas Walsh is a New Zealand athlete who competes mainly in the shot put. He is the current national record holder both outdoors and indoors for the event. His personal best of 22.90 m, set in Doha, 5 October 2019, is also the Oceanian record and makes him the sixth best shot putter in history.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Janieve Russell</span> Jamaican track and field athlete

Janieve Russell is a Jamaican track and field athlete who competes mainly in the 400 metres hurdles and the 400 metres sprint. She won an Olympic bronze medal in the 4 × 400 m relay in Tokyo 2021, where she also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles final in a personal best of 53.08 secs. She is a four-time Commonwealth Games gold medallist, winning the 400m hurdles title in 2018 and 2022, and the 4 × 400 m relay in 2014 and 2018. She has also won two relay silvers at the World Championships and a relay gold at the World Indoor Championships.

<span class="mw-page-title-main">Brandon Starc</span> Australian high jumper

Brandon Starc is a professional Australian high jumper. Starc currently trains in Sydney, Australia, under the guidance of his coach Alex Stewart. As a national representative and high achieving athlete, Starc is supported and represented through the New South Wales and Australian Institutes of Sport.

Paul Henderson is an Australian former track and field sprinter. He won silver medals with the Australian 4×100 metres relay team at the Commonwealth Games in 1994 and 1995 World Championships in Athletics. He shares the Oceanian and Australian record for the event at 38.17 seconds.


  1. Tim Forsyth profile at ABC News
  2. "Yallourn schoolboy outshines Games medallists". The Canberra Times . ACT. 12 March 1990. p. 24. Retrieved 12 April 2014.