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Charles Austin

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Inducted: 2012, athlete

Born: December 19, 1967 - Van Vleck, Texas

Events
High Jump - 2.40 m


Charles Austin’s career began as a high school athlete who fell short of qualifying for the Texas high school state championships. It finished with an Olympic gold medal, world championship and American record. Austin became as dominant as a high jumper can be in the latter part of the 1990s by winning six consecutive USA Outdoor championships from 1995-2000. But his proudest moment came when he won the gold medal at the 1996 Olympic Games, the last time a member of Team USA has done so. His career was also one of longevity. When he won his last USA Indoor championship in 2003, it was 12 years after his first world title and the year he set the American record (2.40m/7-10.5). Austin’s career also included World Indoor gold, a World Cup title, an Olympic record and a total of nine combined USA Indoor and Outdoor titles.

Records Held
American Record: - 2.40 m (August 7, 1991 - )

Championships
1992 Olympic Games: High Jump - 2.28 m (8th)
1996 Olympic Games: High Jump - 2.39 m (1st)
1991 World Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.38 m (1st)
1993 World Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.24 m (9th)
1997 World Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.35 m (1st)
1998 World Athletics Final: High Jump - 2.28 m (3rd)
1999 World Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.33 m (3rd)
1999 World Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.29 m (8th)
2001 World Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.20 m (11th)
2001 World Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.20 m (10th)
2003 World Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.20 m (10th)
1996 USA Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.37 m (1st)
1996 USA Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.30 m (1st)
1997 USA Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.31 m (1st)
1997 USA Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.31 m (1st)
1998 USA Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.30 m (1st)
1999 USA Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.28 m (1st)
2000 USA Outdoor Championships: High Jump - 2.32 m (1st)
2003 USA Indoor Championships: High Jump - 2.31 m (1st)

Education
undergraduate: Southwest Texas State (San Marcos, Texas), 1990

Occupations
Owner - So High Inc.

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