Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

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Men's triple jump
at the Games of the I Olympiad
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James B. Connolly won the triple jump and became the first Olympic Champion since the 4th century AD
Venue Panathinaiko Stadium
Dates April 6
Competitors 7 from 5 nations
1st, gold medalist(s) James Connolly
 United States
2nd, silver medalist(s) Alexandre Tuffèri
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Ioannis Persakis
1900 →
Athletics at the
1896 Summer Olympics
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Track events
100 m   men
400 m men
800 m men
1500 m men
110 m hurdles men
Road events
Marathon men
Field events
Long jump men
Triple jump men
High jump men
Pole vault men
Shot put men
Discus throw men

The men's triple jump was one of four jumping events on the Athletics at the 1896 Summer Olympics programme. There were 7 competitors in the triple jump, then known as the "hop, skip, and jump" despite the wide range of techniques used by the competitors. The event was held on 6 April, immediately after the first heats of the 100 metre race. Since there was only one round of the triple jump, the winner was crowned as the first modern Olympic champion.


Place Athlete Distance
1  James Connolly (USA) 13.71 m
2  Alexandre Tuffèri (FRA) 12.70 m
3  Ioannis Persakis (GRE) 12.52 m
4  Alajos Szokolyi (HUN) 11.26 m
5  Carl Schuhmann (GER) Unknown
6-7  Fritz Hofmann (GER) Unknown
 Khristos Zoumis (GRE) Unknown


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