Dalton GRANT

Great Britain & N.I.

Dalton Grant - Great Britain & N.I. - Commonwealth Games Gold medalist in high jump.

Photo/Foto: George Herringshaw

Date: 28 August 1989

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      Friday, 08 April 1966
      London, England.
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Dalton GRANT - Great Britain & N.I. - Commonwealth Games Gold medalist in high jump.


Dalton Grant was an exciting figure at major championships during the late 1980's and 1990's, augmenting his considerable high jumping ability with high opening heights and audacious passing manoeuvres. During the early part of his career, Grant was a consistent finalist at major international championships, finishing 7th at the 1986 Commonwealth Games, and equal 7th at the 1988 Olympics. In 1989, he finished second in the European Indoor Championships at the Hague in February, and then on March 4, he finished fourth at the World Indoor Championships in Budapest, with a new personal best, either indoors or out, of 2.35m. Later that year, on 28 August, in the Kodak Classic at Gateshead, Dalton improved his outdoor personal best to 2.34m (see photo above), equalling the Commonwealth record of Nick Saunders (Bermuda).


In a fascinating duel with Saunders at the following year's Commonwealth Games in Auckland on 1 February, Grant took the lead when he cleared 2.32m on his first attempt. Saunders passed after one unsuccessful attempt at 2.34m, at which height Grant consolidated his lead by clearing on his second attempt to equal their jointly held Commonwealth record. Saunders then broke the record when he cleared 2.36m to win the gold medal, leaving Dalton with the silver, although he also came close to clearing 2.36m, having already landed safely in the pit, before the bar was finally dislodged. At that year's European Championships at Split, on 1 September, Grant had cleared 2.31 on his first attempt, but after one failure at 2.34m, he elected to take his remaining jumps at 2.36m, a height that he had never before cleared in competition. A clearance at his second attempt at 2.34m would have secured him a medal, but instead, after failing at 2.36m, he finished in equal fourth position. (Ron Casey)


High Jump Silver & Gold medals in 1998.   Photo George Herringshaw. ©


Grant added to his previously established reputation of making late entries and daring passing manoeuvres in high jump competitions. Despite a season's best of 2.30m before Tokyo, Grant entered the competition at 2.31m, which he proceeded to clear, the highest successful opening height in high jump history. He then passed at 2.34m, and resumed the competition at 2.36m, a height he had never before achieved in competition. Grant duly cleared this height on his third attempt, equalling Nick Saunders' (Bermuda) Commonwealth record, but unfortunately this was only sufficient to earn him fourth place. A couple of relatively mediocre years followed for Grant, before he produced a career best jump, indoors or out, of 2.37m, to win the European indoor title in March 1994.


Despite this, he only finished equal ninth at that year's European Championships, and fifth at the Commonwealth Games. Another couple of indifferent years followed during which Grant failed to qualify for the finals of the 1995 World Championships and the 1996 Olympics. Then, despite the fact that his season's best prior to the 1997 World Championships in Athens was only 2.28m, Grant entered the competition at 2.32m, clearing on his first attempt to eclipse his own highest successful opening height 'record' set in 1991. That was his only successful clearance however, and he finished in equal fourth place. Although battling a knee problem, the 32 year-old Grant had his best year in 1998. In the European Championships at Budapest on 21 August, he won the silver medal with a jump of 2.34m (see photo above), and then at the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur on 19 September, he won the gold medal with a 2.31m clearance, in the last major championships appearance of his career. (Ron Casey)




2008    2.08    Viersen    08 JUN
2005    2.10    London (HA)    30 JUL
2004    2.24    Loughborough    06 JUN
2003    2.23    Gateshead    13 JUL
2002    2.26    Bangor    21 JUL
2001    2.23    Bedford    28 MAY
2000    2.23    Luton    09 SEP
1998    2.34    Budapest    21 AUG (personal best)
1997    2.32    Athína     06 AUG
1996    2.26    Atlanta   26 JUL
1995    2.30    Bruxelles    25 AUG
1994    2.25    London    15 JUL
1993    2.34    Zürich    04 AUG
1991    2.36    Tokyo   01 SEP


2009    2.08    Banská Bystrica    11 FEB
2009    2.08    Hustopece    24 JAN
2008    2.10    Banská Bystrica    05 FEB
2004    2.24    Belfast    15 FEB
2003    2.25    Birmingham (NIA), GBR    01 MAR
2002    2.20    Ottenhausen    03 FEB
2001    2.26    Banská Bystrica    14 FEB
2000    2.25    Glasgow    05 MAR
1998    2.27    Arnstadt (Sporthalle)    30 JAN
1997    2.33    Balingen    16 FEB
1997    2.33    Wuppertal    07 FEB
1995    2.28    Barcelona (Palau Sant Jordi)    12 MAR
1994    2.37    Paris-Bercy (Palais Omnisports)    13 MAR
1993    2.34    Toronto (The Sky Dome)    14 MAR
1989    2.35    Budapest (Sportcsarnok)    04 MAR (personal best)
1987    2.28    Indianapolis (Hoosier Dome), IN    07 MAR