Standing long jump

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Benjamin Adams during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Gustaf Malmsten during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Konstantinos Tsiklitiras during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics
Platt Adams during the standing long jump competition at the 1912 Summer Olympics

The standing long jump is an athletics event. It was an Olympic event until 1912. It is one of three standing variants of track and field jumping events, which also include the standing high jump and standing triple jump.

In performing the standing long jump, the jumper stands at a line marked on the ground with the feet slightly apart. The athlete takes off and lands using both feet, swinging the arms and bending the knees to provide forward drive. In Olympic rules, the measurement used was the longest of three tries. The jump must be repeated if the athlete falls back or takes a step at take-off.

Ray Ewry set the world record for the standing long jump of 3.47 m (11 ft 412 in) on 3 September 1904. The record is now held by Norwegian Arne Tvervaag from Ringerike FIK Sportclub, who jumped 3.71 metres in Noresund on 11 November 1968.[1]

When indoor arenas were built, the standing long jump began to disappear as an event. Today, Norway is the only country where the standing long jump is a national championship event. The Norwegian Championships in Standing Jumps (long jump and high jump) has been held in Stange every winter since 1995.[2][3]

The standing long jump is also one of the events at the NFL combine,[4] it was one of the standardized test events as part of the President's Award on Physical Fitness.,[5] as well as the physical fitness test that officer cadets must complete at the Royal Military College of Canada and the United States Air Force Academy.[6] In the Brazilian police forces, a minimum performance in a standing long jump test is required to join the Federal Police (2.14 m for men 1.66 m for women[7]) and the Federal Highway Police (2.00 m for men 1.60 m for women).[8]

Olympic medalists[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1900 Paris
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 Ray Ewry (USA)  Irving Baxter (USA)  Emile Torcheboeuf (FRA)
1904 St. Louis
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 Ray Ewry (USA)  Charles King (USA)  John Biller (USA)
1908 London
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 Ray Ewry (USA)  Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)  Martin Sheridan (USA)
1912 Stockholm
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 Konstantinos Tsiklitiras (GRE)  Platt Adams (USA)  Benjamin Adams (USA)

Intercalated Games[edit]

Games Gold Silver Bronze
1906 Athens
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 Ray Ewry (USA)  Martin Sheridan (USA)  Lawson Robertson (USA)

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