Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics – Men's long jump
|Men's long jump
at the Games of the XXX Olympiad
|Competitors||42 from 35 nations|
|Athletics at the
2012 Summer Olympics
|100 m hurdles||women|
|110 m hurdles||men|
|400 m hurdles||men||women|
|4×100 m relay||men||women|
|4×400 m relay||men||women|
|20 km walk||men||women|
|50 km walk||men|
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. 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.
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).
|Friday, 3 August 2012||19:50||Qualifications|
|Saturday, 4 August 2012||19:55||Finals|
Prior to the competition[update], 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|
Qual. rule: qualification standard 8.10m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).
|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|
|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|
|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|
|10||A||Tyrone Smith||Bermuda||7.73||7.75||7.97||7.97||q, SB|
|24||B||Ndiss Kaba Badji||Senegal||7.66||x||7.64||7.66|
|30||A||Štepán Wagner||Czech Republic||7.39||7.50||7.47||7.50|
|33||A||Lin Ching-Hsuan||Chinese Taipei||7.38||7.35||x||7.38|
|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|
|N/A||B||Luis Felipe Méliz||Spain||x||NM|
|Greg Rutherford||Great Britain||6.28||8.21||8.14||8.31||x||6.33||8.31|
|Will Claye||United States||7.98||8.07||7.93||8.12||7.96||x||8.12|
|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|
|10||Marquise Goodwin||United States||x||7.80||7.76||7.80|
- Athletics at the 2012 Summer Olympics
- "Men's Long Jump competition format". London 2012 Organising Committee. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Men's Long Jump". Retrieved 3 August 2012.