Kenny Harrison

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Kenny Harrison
Personal information
Nationality American
Born (1965-02-13) 13 February 1965 (age 49)[1]
Milwaukee, USA[2]
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)[1]
Weight 75.0 kg (165.3 lb)[1]
Sport
Sport Track and Field
Event(s) Triple Jump, Long Jump
College team Kansas State Wildcats '88
Achievements and titles
Personal best(s)

Triple Jump: 18.09 m (59 ft 4 in) (AR, OR, Atlanta 1996)[3]
Long Jump: 8.23 m (27 ft 0 in) (Ames, IA 1988)[4]

High Jump: 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) (1983)

Kenny Harrison (born Kerry Harrison, February 13, 1965 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States) is a former track and field athlete competing in triple jump. The 1991 World triple jump Champion, his chances of competing in the 1992 Olympics were ruined when he tore the cartilage in his knee.[2] After recovering from surgery, Harrison bounded back to win the gold medal at the 1996 Summer Olympics with a personal best, American and Olympic record of 18.09 m (59 ft 4 in).[5] This jump is notable for the fact that it is the longest jump ever with a negative wind reading (the athlete with the next best is Jonathan Edwards with 17.79 meters). And the jump ranks Harrison as the second best triple jumper in history, only behind Edwards world record established a year earlier.

Athletic career[edit]

High School[edit]

Harrison went to Brookfield Central for high school, where he competed in football, basketball and track. He holds schools records in the long, high, and triple jump. His triple jump of 52 feet 4.5 inches at the 1983 Golden West Invitational ranked him #2 triple jump prep in the nation,[2] and currently stands as the Wisconsin high school #1 all-time triple jump by over 2 feet.[6] That mark also ranks on the top 10 list for the Golden West Invitational.[7] He also had a personal best in the long jump of 23 feet 4 inches, which ranks among the top 35 in Wisconsin high school track & field history[8] and a high jump of 6 feet 7 inches. He held the Wisconsin state meet triple jump record of 48' 6.25" for 22 years, from 1983 to 2005.[5]

College[edit]

Harrison attended college at Kansas State University, where he captured three individual titles at the NCAA Championships, the most in school history. He was a 7-time Big 12 Conference individual champion in both indoor[9] and outdoor[4] long and triple jump. He holds school records in indoor long jump (26' 9.75")[10] and outdoor long and triple jump (26' 11.5" and 56'0", respectively).[11]

Competition Record[edit]

Year Tournament Venue Result Distance (meters) Notes
1989 USA Indoor Championships USA 6th SB of 17.45m. Ranked #4 in world at TJ by T&FN
1990 USA Indoor Championships USA 1st 16.76 SB of 17.93m

Ranked #1 in world at TJ by T&FN

USA Outdoor Championships Norwalk, California 1st 17.15
Goodwill Games Seattle, Washington 1st 17.71
1991 USA Outdoor Championships New York, New York 1st 17.28 Ranked #1 in world at TJ by T&FN
World Championships Tokyo, Japan 1st 17.78 (SB)
1993 USA Outdoor Championships Eugene, Oregon 2nd 17.27 (SB)
World Championships Stuttgart, Germany 10th 17.06
1994 USA Outdoor Championships Knoxville, Tennessee 2nd SB of 17.43m. Ranked #2 in world at TJ by T&FN
1995 USA Indoor Championships USA 2nd 16.99 SB of 17.05m.
1996 Summer Olympics Atlanta, Georgia 1st 18.09 (SB, AR, OR) PB, AR, OR

Ranked #2 in world at TJ by T&FN

IAAF Grand Prix Final Milan, Italy 3rd 17.21
1997 USA Outdoor Championships Indianapolis, Indiana 1st 16.97 SB of 17.51m.

Ranked #4 in world at TJ by T&FN

World Championships Athens, Greece 9th 17.05
1998 Goodwill Games New York, New York 8th 16.53 SB of 17.05m.
  • SB - Season best
  • PB - Personal best
  • AR - American record
  • OR - Olympic record

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