Athletics at the 1968 Summer Olympics – Men's triple jump

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Men's triple jump
at the Games of the XIX Olympiad
Venue Estadio Olímpico Universitario
Date October 16–17
Competitors 34 from 24 nations
Winning distance 17.39 WR
Medalists
1st, gold medalist(s) Viktor Saneyev  Soviet Union
2nd, silver medalist(s) Nelson Prudêncio  Brazil
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Giuseppe Gentile  Italy
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Athletics at the
1968 Summer Olympics
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The Men's triple jump competition at the 1968 Summer Olympics in Mexico City, Mexico took place on October 16–17. With the best athletes jumping at high altitude in the Olympics, the world record was set multiple times. Prior to the event, Józef Szmidt had held the world record for eight years and also held the Olympic record since the previous Olympics.

The world and Olympic record were smashed in the qualifying round by Giuseppe Gentile, with a 17.10 on his second attempt (after fouling the first). It would prove to be his best jump in the competition.

The following day in the final, Gentile improved upon his record in the first round, jumping 17.22. In the third round, Viktor Saneyev improved upon the record by one centimeter. In the fifth round Nelson Prudêncio took the lead and the record. On his last attempt, Saneyev hit the winner and new record of 17.39 m (57 ft 012 in).

The record lasted for three years until it was improved upon by Pedro Pérez, also set at high altitude. One year later, Saneyev brought the record down to sea level with a 17.44 that lasted 3 years. In 1975 in this same stadium, João Carlos de Oliveira made a .45 m (1 ft 512 in) "beamonesque" improvement to the record that held for almost 10 years. The record was brought down to sea level by Willie Banks in 1985.

During the competition, five men exceeded the previous world record though Art Walker and Nikolay Dudkin's jumps were wind aided. Phil May and Szmidt jumped further than his Olympic record in sixth and seventh place respectively.

Competition format[edit]

The competition consisted of two rounds, qualification and final. In qualification, each athlete jumped three times. 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).

Records[edit]

Prior to the competition, the existing World and Olympic records were as follows.

World record  Józef Szmidt (POL) 17.03 m Olsztyn, Poland August 5, 1960
Olympic record 16.85 m Tokyo, Japan October 16, 1964

The following new world and Olympic records were set during this competition.

Date Event Athlete Time OR WR
16 August Qualifying  Giuseppe Gentile (ITA) 17.10 m (56 ft 1 in) OR WR
17 August Final  Giuseppe Gentile (ITA) 17.22 m (56 ft 534 in) OR WR
17 August Final  Viktor Saneyev (URS) 17.23 m (56 ft 614 in) OR WR
17 August Final  Nélson Prudêncio (BRA) 17.27 m (56 ft 734 in) OR WR
17 August Final  Viktor Saneyev (URS) 17.39 m (57 ft 012 in) OR WR

Results[edit]

Qualifying round[edit]

Qual. rule: qualification standard 16.10m (Q) or at least best 12 qualified (q).

Rank Group Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 Result Notes
1 A Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile  Italy X 17.10 17.10 WR Q
2 B Dia, MansourMansour Dia  Senegal 16.58 16.58 Q
3 B Walker, ArtArt Walker  United States 16.49 16.49 Q
4 B Prudêncio, NelsonNelson Prudêncio  Brazil 15.79 16.46 16.46 Q
5 A May, PhilPhil May  Australia 16.32 16.32 Q
6 B Stoykovski, GeorgiGeorgi Stoykovski  Bulgaria 15.26 X 16.24 16.24 Q
7 B Saneyev, ViktorViktor Saneyev  Soviet Union 16.22 16.22 Q
8 A Ciochină, ŞerbanŞerban Ciochină  Romania 15.93 16.07 16.21 16.21 Q
9 B Areta, Luis FelipeLuis Felipe Areta  Spain 15.94 16.20 16.20 Q
10 B Kugler, JoachimJoachim Kugler  West Germany 15.79 16.20 16.20 Q
11 A Szmidt, JózefJózef Szmidt  Poland X 16.19 16.19 Q
12 B Kalocsai, HenrikHenrik Kalocsai  Hungary 15.44 16.16 16.16 Q
13 B Dudkin, NikolayNikolay Dudkin  Soviet Union 15.81 16.15 16.15 Q
14 B Jaskólski, JanJan Jaskólski  Poland 15.79 16.04 16.04
15 A Sauer, MichaelMichael Sauer  West Germany 15.61 16.02 15.84 16.02
16 A Boosey, DerekDerek Boosey  Great Britain 15.07 15.99 16.01 16.01
17 A Tate, NormanNorman Tate  United States 13.43 15.84 15.83 15.84
18 B Pousi, PerttiPertti Pousi  Finland X 15.84 15.74 15.84
19 A Muraki, YukitoYukito Muraki  Japan X 15.37 15.83 15.83
20 A Barrett, TimTim Barrett  Bahamas X 15.06 15.79 15.79
21 A Smith, DaveDave Smith  United States X X 15.75 15.75
22 A Vlasis, EvangelosEvangelos Vlasis  Greece 15.47 15.52 15.71 15.71
23 B Alsop, FredFred Alsop  Great Britain 12.93 15.71 15.50 15.71
24 B Amoah, JohnsonJohnson Amoah  Ghana 15.65 15.28 15.65 15.65
25 B Tuna, AşkınAşkın Tuna  Turkey 15.65 X 15.43 15.65
26 B Schenk, Heinz-GünterHeinz-Günter Schenk  East Germany X 14.72 15.61 15.61
27 B Ivanov, DragánDragán Ivanov  Hungary 15.61 X 14.42 15.61
28 A Igun, SamuelSamuel Igun  Nigeria 15.40 13.86 15.46 15.46
29 A Zolotarev, AleksandrAleksandr Zolotarev  Soviet Union 15.41 14.72 X 15.41
30 B Burgher, LennoxLennox Burgher  Jamaica 15.20 15.29 15.14 15.29
31 A Chen Ming-Chi  Republic of China 15.29 15.04 14.76 15.29
32 A Neumann, KlausKlaus Neumann  East Germany 15.16 X 15.16
33 B Serrate, HéctorHéctor Serrate  Puerto Rico 15.09 15.05 14.89 15.09
34 A Cziffra, ZoltánZoltán Cziffra  Hungary 15.04 X 15.04

Final[edit]

Rank Name Nationality #1 #2 #3 #4 #5 #6 Result Notes
1st, gold medalist(s) Saneyev, ViktorViktor Saneyev  Soviet Union 16.49 16.84 17.23 17.02 16.81 17.39 17.39 WR
2nd, silver medalist(s) Prudêncio, NelsonNelson Prudêncio  Brazil 16.33 17.05 16.75 X 17.27 17.15 17.27
3rd, bronze medalist(s) Gentile, GiuseppeGiuseppe Gentile  Italy 17.22 X X X 16.54 X 17.22
4 Walker, ArtArt Walker  United States 15.43 16.45 16.77 16.48 X 17.12 17.12
5 Dudkin, NikolayNikolay Dudkin  Soviet Union 16.15 16.70 16.37 16.73 17.09 16.53 17.09
6 May, PhilPhil May  Australia 15.48 16.58 16.51 17.02 X 17.02
7 Szmidt, JózefJózef Szmidt  Poland 16.06 16.77 X 16.66 X 16.89 16.89
8 Dia, MansourMansour Dia  Senegal 16.71 16.48 15.44 16.73 16.64 15.83 16.73
9 Stoykovski, GeorgiGeorgi Stoykovski  Bulgaria 16.28 16.46 16.19 N/A 16.46
10 Kalocsai, HenrikHenrik Kalocsai  Hungary 16.45 16.39 16.20 N/A 16.45
11 Kugler, JoachimJoachim Kugler  West Germany 12.87 X 15.90 N/A 15.90
12 Areta, Luis FelipeLuis Felipe Areta  Spain 15.72 15.75 14.80 N/A 15.75
13 Ciochină, ŞerbanŞerban Ciochină  Romania X X 15.62 N/A 15.62

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