Joel Baden

Joel Baden

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(Local) / 08:30 PM 14 Aug (Rio)
Men's High Jump Qualifying Round - Group B

2.17 (20th)

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Athlete Biography

Perseverance has paid off for youthful high jumper Joel Baden who cleared the automatic qualifying height of 2.29m in late June as the end of qualifying period approached. Baden had clearances during the year at 2.25m and 2.24m twice, but 2.29m had been elusive until he travelled to the warmth of Cairns on June 26.

Between 16 and 18-years his best gradually rose from 2.12 to 2.20m. It earned him a berth at the 2014 IAAF world juniors where he made the final. Seemingly his first experience on the international stage spurred him on as three months later, at a schoolboy meet in Melbourne, he cleared an extraordinary 2.29m. This clearance delivered him a qualifier for the 2015 IAAF world championships where as a teenager he performed well clearing 2.26m and was just one height short of a finals berth.

Baden is coached by the very best, Sandro Bisetto, who guided Australia’s finest ever high jumper, Olympic bronze medallist and national record holder Tim Forsyth.

When he is not leaping great heights, Baden is studying science at Melbourne University.

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Olympic Information

  • Rio 2016 will be Olympic debut.

Recent Performances

  • 1st (High Jump) - 2016 North Queensland Championships (Cairns, Australia)
  • 4th (High Jump) - 2016 Australian Athletics Championships (Sydney, Australia)
  • 3rd (High Jump) - 2016 Sydney Track Classic (Sydney, Australia)
  • 2nd (High Jump) - 2016 Perth Track Classic (Perth, Australia)
  • 8th (High Jump) - 2015 IAAF World Championships (Beijing, China)

Career Highlights

  • Competing in the high jump at the IAAF World Championships in Beijing, 2015.
  • Setting a record and personal best of 2.29m at the APS Finals at Albert Park in Melbourne, 2015.
  • Winning the high jump at the Australian Uni Games with 2.26m on the Gold Coast, 2015.


  • Primary
    St Thomas Catholic Primary School, VIC, Australia
  • Secondary
    Melbourne Grammar School, VIC, Australia
  • Tertiary
    Bachelor of Science - Melbourne University (2015 - )


  • Coach
    Sandro Bisetto (2012 - current)
  • Club
    Melbourne University Athletics Club, Melbourne, VIC, Australia
  • Institute/Academy
    Victorian Institute of Sport (VIS)
  • Primary Training Base
    Melbourne, Australia


Favourite food
Too many
Favourite music
Electro House/Experimental Music
Personal Motto
"No limits"
Star Sign
If I could try another Olympic sport it would be
Table Tennis
Most Inspiring Olympic Performance?
Artur Partyka - 2.37m Jump
Why this sport?
It's the closest human attempt at unaided flight.