Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump

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Men's long jump
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
Mens long jump podium - 2012 Summer Olympics.jpg
Podium
Venue Olympic Stadium
Date 3–4 August
Competitors 42 from 35 nations
Winning distance 8.31
Medalists
Gold medal    Great Britain
Silver medal    Australia
Bronze medal    United States
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The men's long jump competition at the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, United Kingdom was held at the Olympic Stadium on 3–4 August.[1]

Only two athletes achieved automatic qualifying marks, both of those by Marquise Goodwin and Mauro Vinicius da Silva just one centimeter over the minimum at 8.11. The tight field was spread over less than 20 cm. It took a better second jump at 7.92 to make the final, leaving Russian junior and co-world leader Sergey Morgunov on the outside. Defending champion Irving Saladino was unable to get a legal jump in, failing to advance.

In the final, none of the top 3 qualifiers were to play a factor. Christopher Tomlinson took the lead in the first round with an 8.06 with Will Claye in second. In the second round, Greg Rutherford took the lead with an 8.21, while Claye jumped a centimeter better than Tomlinson, to hold on to second. Claye's mark was equaled by Michel Tornéus in the third round. The fourth round was when all but two of the finalists hit their best mark, Claye with 8.12 and Rutherford extending his lead to 8.31. Languishing in seventh to that point, Mitchell Watt did Claye one centimeter better in the fifth round, then improving another three centimeters on his final jump to solidify his hold on the silver medal.

Rutherford's gold medal was the second of three gold medals in one evening for the host country, their most successful day in Olympic history.[2] Rutherford's winning jump of 8.31 was the shortest jump to win the Olympics men's long jump competition since the 1972 Summer Olympics.

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete jumped three times (stopping early if they made the qualifying distance). At least the top twelve athletes moved on to the final; if more than twelve reached the qualifying distance, all who did so advanced. Distances were reset for the final round. Finalists jumped three times, after which the eight best jumped three more times (with the best distance of the six jumps counted).[3]

Schedule[edit]

All times are British Summer Time (UTC+1)

Date Time Round
Friday, 3 August 2012 19:50 Qualifications
Saturday, 4 August 2012 19:55 Finals

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Mike Powell (USA) 8.95 m Tokyo, Japan 30 August 1991
Olympic record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 m Mexico City, Mexico 18 October 1968
2012 World leading  Greg Rutherford (GBR) 8.35 m Chula Vista, United States 3 May 2012
 Sergey Morgunov (RUS) Cheboksary, Russia 20 June 2012

Results[edit]

Qualifying Round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 8.10m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes[4]
1 B Mauro Vinicius da Silva Brazil 8.07 8.11 - 8.11 Q
2 A Marquise Goodwin United States 8.11 - - 8.11 Q
3 A Aleksandr Menkov Russia 7.87 x 8.09 8.09 q
4 A Greg Rutherford Great Britain 8.08 8.06 - 8.08 q
5 B Christopher Tomlinson Great Britain 7.62 8.06 - 8.06 q
6 A Michel Tornéus Sweden 8.03 7.49 - 8.03 q
7 A Godfrey Khotso Mokoena South Africa x 7.81 8.02 8.02 q
8 A Will Claye United States 7.99 x 7.86 7.99 q
9 B Mitchell Watt Australia x 7.99 - 7.99 q
10 A Tyrone Smith Bermuda 7.73 7.75 7.97 7.97 q, SB
11 A Henry Frayne Australia 7.82 x 7.95 7.95 q
12 B Sebastian Bayer Germany 7.92 7.88 3.96 7.92 q
13 A Christian Reif Germany 7.81 x 7.92 7.92
14 A Eusebio Cáceres Spain 7.25 7.92 6.95 7.92
15 B Aleksandr Petrov Russia 7.67 7.57 7.89 7.89
16 B Sergey Morgunov Russia x 7.87 x 7.87
17 A Mohammad Arzandeh Iran 7.77 7.75 7.84 7.84
18 B Ignisious Gaisah Ghana 7.72 7.79 7.50 7.79
19 A Damar Forbes Jamaica 7.79 x 7.48 7.79
20 B Li Jinzhe China 7.59 7.67 7.77 7.77
21 B Raymond Higgs Bahamas x 7.76 x 7.76
22 A Alyn Camara Germany 7.72 x 7.69 7.72
23 A Salim Sdiri France 7.71 7.58 5.75 7.71
24 B Ndiss Kaba Badji Senegal 7.66 x 7.64 7.66
25 B Arsen Sargsyan Armenia 7.38 7.62 7.60 7.62
26 B Povilas Mykolaitis Lithuania x x 7.61 7.61
27 B Stanley Gbagbeke Nigeria x 5.71 7.59 7.59
28 B Marcos Chuva Portugal x 7.55 7.06 7.55
29 A Loúis Tsátoumas Greece 7.53 7.48 x 7.53
30 A Štepán Wagner Czech Republic 7.39 7.50 7.47 7.50
31 B Viktor Kuznyetsov Ukraine 7.43 x 7.50 7.50
32 B Luis Rivera Mexico 7.42 x 7.29 7.42
33 A Lin Ching-Hsuan Chinese Taipei 7.38 7.35 x 7.38
34 A Supanara Sukhasvasti Thailand 7.38 x 7.35 7.38
35 A Boleslav Skhirtladze Georgia 7.26 6.95 6.90 7.26
36 A Zhang Xiaoyi China 7.25 x x 7.25
37 B Mohamed Fathalla Difallah Egypt x 7.08 x 7.08
38 B Roman Novotný Czech Republic x 6.96 x 6.96
39 B George Kitchens United States x x 6.84 6.84
40 A Vardan Pahlevanyan Armenia x 6.55 x 6.55
N/A B Luis Felipe Méliz Spain x NM
N/A B Irving Saladino Panama x x x NM

Final[edit]

Greg Rutherford's distance after his gold-medal-winning jump (crop).jpg
Rank Athlete Nationality 1 2 3 4 5 6 Result Notes
1st Greg Rutherford Great Britain 6.28 8.21 8.14 8.31 x 6.33 8.31
2nd Mitchell Watt Australia x 7.97 x x 8.13 8.16 8.16
3rd Will Claye United States 7.98 8.07 7.93 8.12 7.96 x 8.12
4 Michel Tornéus Sweden 7.63 7.80 8.07 8.11 8.07 7.98 8.11
5 Sebastian Bayer Germany 7.87 x 7.96 8.10 7.96 7.98 8.10
6 Christopher Tomlinson Great Britain 8.06 7.87 7.83 8.07 7.74 7.76 8.07
7 Mauro Vinicius da Silva Brazil x x 7.96 8.01 x x 8.01
8 Godfrey Khotso Mokoena South Africa 7.93 x 7.62 x x x 7.93
9 Henry Frayne Australia 7.85 x 7.63 7.85
10 Marquise Goodwin United States x 7.80 7.76 7.80
11 Aleksandr Menkov Russia x x 7.78 7.78
12 Tyrone Smith Bermuda 7.70 x x 7.70

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