Erik Kynard
Erik Kynard, London 2012
Personal information
Born (1991-02-03) February 3, 1991 (age 30)
Toledo, Ohio, U.S.
Height6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight188 lb (85 kg)
Country United States
SportTrack and field
Event(s)High Jump
College teamKansas State University
Coached byCliff Rovelto

Erik Kynard Jr. (born February 3, 1991) is an American track and field athlete who competes in the high jump. In his Olympic debut at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London as a 21-year-old, he won a silver medal in the men's high jump, which was later upgraded to gold in 2021 as a consequence of the Russian doping scandal.[1]

Kynard was born in 1991, the son of Erik Kynard and Brandynn Adams. He is a 2009 graduate of Rogers High School in Toledo, Ohio, and a graduate of Kansas State University where he trains under Cliff Rovelto. He jumps off his right leg.

At the 2012 United States Olympic Trials, Kynard made the Olympic team by placing second behind Jamie Nieto with a height of 2.28 m. At the Olympics, Kynard won silver[2] behind Russian Ivan Ukhov with a height of 2.33 m, the first major international medal of his career. Ukhov won the competition with a height of 2.38 m. Throughout the high jump competition, Kynard was noticed by his American-themed tube socks. His silver medal was later upgraded to gold with the disqualification of Ukhov.[3]

At the start of the 2013 outdoor season, he cleared a world-leading mark of 2.34 m at the Mt SAC Relays.[4] He won the high jump title at the United States Outdoor National Championships in 2014 and 2015: in the latter he tied his personal best, and the Meet record, of 2.37m (7' 9-1/4").

Major competition record

Year Competition Venue Position Event Notes
Representing the  United States
2008 World Junior Championships Bydgoszcz, Poland 19th (q) High jump 2.10 m
2009 Pan American Junior Championships Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago 2nd High jump 2.10 m
2011 World Championships Daegu, South Korea 14th (q) High jump 2.28 m
Universiade Shenzhen, China 13th High jump 2.15 m
2012 Olympic Games London, United Kingdom 1st* High jump 2.33 m
2013 World Championships Moscow, Russia 5th High jump 2.32 m
2014 World Indoor Championships Sopot, Poland 4th High jump 2.34 m
2015 World Championships Beijing, China 8th High jump 2.25 m
2016 World Indoor Championships Portland, United States 3rd High jump 2.33 m
Olympic Games Rio de Janeiro, Brazil 6th High jump 2.33 m
2017 World Championships London, United Kingdom High jump NM
2018 World Indoor Championships Birmingham, United Kingdom 4th High jump 2.29 m

*Silver was later upgraded to gold after the disqualification of Ivan Ukhov

Personal bests

Event Best (m) Venue Date
High jump (outdoor) 2.37 Lausanne, Switzerland June 4, 2013
High jump (indoor) 2.34 Birmingham February 15, 2014


  1. ^ "Former K-State high jumper's 2012 Olympic silver medal upgraded to gold". Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  2. ^ "Erik Kynard wins high jump at U.S. Olympic track and field trials". Retrieved 2017-12-08.
  3. ^ "Former K-State high jumper's 2012 Olympic silver medal upgraded to gold". Retrieved 2021-04-08.
  4. ^ Lee, Kirby (2013-04-21). Kynard's 2.34m among seven world leads at Mt SAC Relays. IAAF. Retrieved on 2013-04-22.