1991 World Championships in Athletics – Men's long jump

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These are the official results of the Men's Long Jump event at the 1991 IAAF World Championships in Tokyo, Japan. There were a total number of 43 participating athletes, with two qualifying groups and the final held on Friday August 30, 1991.


Gold United States Mike Powell
United States (USA)
Silver United States Carl Lewis
United States (USA)
Bronze United States Larry Myricks
United States (USA)


This was perhaps the greatest long jump competition as both of the top two athletes were credited with distances beyond the existing world record that had stood for almost 23 years. Both (now retired) jumped the best jumps of their careers in this competition, the top two measured jumps in history, the number one and number three best wind-legal jumps in history, the best two not aided by altitude. Carl Lewis' record at the time was: a two time Olympic Gold medalist, two time World Champion and he was considered the best long jumper in the world having been undefeated in ten years. Lewis had set the World Record in the 100 metres 5 days earlier. Lewis was in the lead through four rounds, his first round jump set the championship record, then his third round jump setting his personal wind-legal record. Mike Powell's fourth round jump looked like it was in the range of Lewis, but was ruled a foul, the closeness of the call upset Powell. Powell went down to his knees at the board trying to see the microscopic indentation into the plasticine indicating it was a foul. Lewis' fourth round jump was wind-aided, but with 8.91 m beat the existing world record by 1 cm and to that moment was the longest measured jump in history. Powell's wind legal fifth round jump topped that, setting the world record at 8.95 m. But the competition was not over. Moments later Lewis answered with his lifetime wind-legal personal record. Both athletes still had one jump remaining. While Powell fouled and then prayed, Lewis made his second best wind-legal jump. Thus the competition included the best three wind-legal attempts of Lewis' career, plus a wind-aided attempt beyond the existing world record that he had chased for ten years and he still finished in second place. Since this competition, no athlete, including Powell and Lewis has legally jumped within 20 cm of Powell's world record.


This momentous event achieved another unique occurrence. It was the only time American network television, in this case NBC, devoted over 20 minutes to a single field event competition. See the video in four parts, primarily narrated by Dwight Stones: Part 1 the introduction, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4.


Qualification Round
Group A Group B
29.08.1991 – 16:10h 29.08.1991 – 15:10h
Final Round
30.08.1991 – 17:30h


Prior to this competition, the existing world and Championship records were as follows.

World Record  Bob Beamon (USA) 8.90 Mexico City, Mexico 18 October 1968
Championship Record  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.67 Rome, Italy 5 September 1987

Qualifying round[edit]

  • Held on Thursday 1991-08-29
1.  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.56 m
2.  Chen Zunrong (CHN) 8.05 m
3.  André Müller (GER) 8.04 m
4.  Jaime Jefferson (CUB) 8.04 m
5.  Giovanni Evangelisti (ITA) 8.03 m
6.  George Ogbeide (NGR) 8.02 m
7.  Vladimir Ochkan (URS) 8.01 m
8.  Dave Culbert (AUS) 8.01 m
9.  Edrick Floreal (CAN) 7.95 m
10.  Mark Forsythe (GBR) 7.95 m
11.  Jesús Oliván (ESP) 7.94 m
12.  Milan Gombala (TCH) 7.89 m
13.  James Sabulei (KEN) 7.86 m
14.  Paulo de Oliveira (BRA) 7.78 m
15.  Badara Mbengue (SEN) 7.75 m
16.  Ivan Stoyanov (BUL) 7.73 m
17.  Frans Maas (NED) 7.71 m
18.  Lotfi Khaida (ALG) 7.68 m
19.  Jonathan Moyle (NZL) 7.52 m
20.  François Reteno (GAB) 7.15 m
21.  Khalid Ahmed Mousa (SUD) 6.58 m
 Hitoshi Shimo (JPN) NM

1.  Dietmar Haaf (GER) 8.21 m
2.  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.20 m
3.  Mike Powell (USA) 8.19 m
4.  Konstandinos Koukodimos (GRE) 8.12 m
5.  Bogdan Tudor (ROM) 8.05 m
6.  Robert Emmiyan (URS) 8.00 m
7.  Ian James (CAN) 7.94 m
8.  Fausto Frigerio (ITA) 7.88 m
9.  Jarmo Kärnä (FIN) 7.79 m
10.  Ángel Hernández (ESP) 7.75 m
11.  Huang Geng (CHN) 7.69 m
12.  Krasimir Minchev (BUL) 7.62 m
13.  Csaba Almási (HUN) 7.62 m
14.  Mattias Sunneborn (SWE) 7.61 m
15.  Murat Ayaydin (TUR) 7.57 m
16.  Franck Zio (BUR) 7.50 m
17.  Saeed Musabbah Ali (UAE) 7.05 m
18.  Kareem Streete-Thompson (CAY) 6.99 m
 Dmitriy Bagryanov (URS) NM
 Borut Bilač (YUG) NM
 Craig Hepburn (BAH) NM


Rank Athlete Attempts Distance Note
1 2 3 4 5 6
1st, gold medalist(s)  Mike Powell (USA) 7.85 8.54 8.29 X 8.95 X 8.95 m WR
2nd, silver medalist(s)  Carl Lewis (USA) 8.68 X 8.83w 8.91w 8.87 8.84 8.91 m PB (8.87)
3rd, bronze medalist(s)  Larry Myricks (USA) 8.42 m
4  Dietmar Haaf (GER) 8.22 m
5  Bogdan Tudor (ROM) 8.06 m
6  Dave Culbert (AUS) 8.02 m
7  Giovanni Evangelisti (ITA) 8.01 m
8  Vladimir Ochkan (URS) 7.99 m
9  Jaime Jefferson (CUB) 7.94 m
10  André Müller (GER) 7.94 m
11  Chen Zunrong (CHN) 7.92 m
12  Konstandinos Koukodimos (GRE) 7.92 m
13  George Ogbeide (NGR) 7.78 m

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